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Sunday, November 2, 2008
AFC West news and notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

DENVER -- Random game night thoughts across the AFC West:

After being inactivated by the team for off-field issues, Johnson will likely be back with the team. But Charles has a chance to show he can be the tailback of the future. He got a good start Sunday in a 30-27 overtime loss to Tampa Bay as he broke the 100-game rushing barrier.

Here is, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Analysis, are some notes and charts from today's game in Denver:

MARSHALL PLAN GOES BAD

Marshall entered the week as the most thrown-to receiver in the NFL. (Andre Johnson of Houston has had two more attempts go his way, 78 to 76, but he's also played one more game.) The Dolphins shut him down completely. He didn't catch a pass until the final minute of the third quarter.

Brandon Marshall touches by quarter
QuarterThrown toCaughtYards
1st300
2nd000
3rd2*2*14
4th7113
Total12327
*TD called back by offensive interference

MILE-HIGH MISERY

In the first seven games, Denver was averaging 25.6 rushing attempts per game, 118.3 yards per game and 4.6 yards per rush. On Sunday, they had just 12 attempts for 14 yards, a 1.2 yards per carry average. The 14 yards rushing is second-fewest in Broncos history (13 at Oakland, 10/22/1972).

BRONCOS' TURNOVER PROBLEM

The Broncos have a turnover margin of minus-11 (eight forc
ed, 19 committed), which is worst in the NFL. Their 67 points allowed off turnovers (12 against the Dolphins) ranks 30th in the NFL.

PEYTON FINDING HIS PLACE

100 receiving yards by a RB or FB, 2008 season:
PlayerOpponentDateRec.Yards
Patrick Cobbs, Miamiat HoustonOct. 123138
Marion Barber, Dallasat ArizonaOct. 1211128
Leonard Weaver, Seattleat San Fran.Oct. 264116
Peyton Hills, Denvervs. MiamiNov. 27116
Reggie Bush, New Orleansvs. Tampa BaySept. 78112