Fun With Numbers: Denver Broncos

December, 6, 2013
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos are 10-2 with four games remaining in the regular season -- none against a team that currently has a winning record. They will certainly be counting down the weeks as they try to hold on to the top seed in the AFC.

"It's just about going one at a time," linebacker Von Miller said. " ... That's what we keep saying, just go to the next one."

After some numbers crunching (and a hearty nod to the folk at ESPN Stats & Information) here are some statistics of note as the Broncos move through Week 14:
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  • Peyton Manning has thrown for 4,125 yards in 12 games. That is already the third-best season total in the franchise's history, behind only Manning's 2012 total (4,659) and Jay Cutler's 4,526 yards. The 4,125 yards are also more than Hall of Famer John Elway threw for in any season of his career. Elway's highest yardage total was 4,030 in 1993.
  • Manning's 41 touchdown passes after 12 games are already a season franchise record. It is the only 40-touchdown season in the franchise's history. And until he passed the 30-touchdown mark Nov. 10 against the Chargers, Manning's 37 touchdowns last season had been the franchise's only 30-touchdown season from a quarterback. Elway's best in a career with far more run-oriented offenses was 27 in 1997.
  • After all of 28 regular-season games with the team, Manning is sixth all-time in the franchise's history in passing yards with 8,784. He's second all-time in franchise history in touchdown passes with 78, one ahead of Craig Morton and a hearty 222 behind Elway's 300.
  • Turnovers continue to be an issue overall. The Broncos' 25 giveaways -- a total that includes a league-leading 16 lost fumbles -- make them one of just four teams with at least 25 turnovers this season. Detroit (7-5) has 25, the Jets (5-7) have 27 and the Giants (5-7) have 31. Manning's six lost fumbles are the highest season total of his career and are more than his previous five seasons as a starter combined.
  • The Broncos make life difficult on opposing defensive coordinators with the way Manning works the whole field in the passing game. They have three receivers -- Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker -- with 67, 68 and 63 catches respectively. Those three have also been targeted 107, 101 and 97 times respectively. That is uncanny balance at this point in the season.
  • Welker needs 14 receptions to pass Broncos Ring of Famer Rod Smith for most receptions by an undrafted player in league history. Smith finished his career with 849 while Welker has 836.
  • The Broncos have won 12 consecutive regular-season home games -- their last regular-season home loss was to Houston on Sept. 23, 2012. The Broncos are 22-3 in regular-season games since that loss, and the Texans are 11-15, including 2-11 this season. With 14 consecutive regular-season home wins, the Seahawks are the only team currently with a longer streak than the Broncos.
  • The Broncos are one of four teams that have surrendered at least 17 points in all of their 12 games thus far. They are the only one of the four with a winning record. The Bears are 6-6, the Vikings are 3-8-1 and the Falcons are 3-9. The Broncos are currently allowing 26.4 points per game, down slightly from the 27.3 they were allowing a month ago. But the team to have allowed the most points and still make the playoff is the 2000 St. Louis Rams, which allowed 32.1 points per game and lost in the wild-card round.

Jeff Legwold

ESPN Denver Broncos reporter

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