Friday, September 27, 2013
Peyton's passing fuels Denver win streak
By ESPN Stats & Information
Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports
Peyton Manning's passing has propelled the Broncos to 14 straight regular-season wins.
Broncos pick up where they left off
The Denver Broncos have won 14 straight regular-season games dating back to last season, and they'll go for 15 in a row Sunday when they host the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 14-game regular-season win streak is tied for the longest in team history (also won 14 from 1997-98) and is the longest in the NFL since the Packers won 15 straight games from 2010-11.
All of the Broncos wins have come by at least seven points. That's the second-longest such streak in NFL history behind the 1941-42 Bears (16 games).
Denver has scored 127 points this season, tied for the second most by a team through three games in NFL history (1968 Cowboys – 132). Denver will need to score 56 points in Week 4 to match the 1968 Cowboys record of 183 points through four games. The Eagles haven’t allowed 56 points since 1972 when they allowed 62 to the Giants.
Peyton Manning’s amazing start
Peyton Manning has thrown an NFL-record 12 touchdown passes through three games. He’ll need two this week to tie the record for most through four team games, held by Sammy Baugh (1943), Don Meredith (1966) and Kurt Warner (1999).
But it's not just touchdown passes where Manning is excelling. Entering Week 4, he also led the NFL in completions (89), completion percentage (73.0), pass yards (1,143), yards per attempt (9.4), pass TD (12), interception percentage (0.0) and Total QBR (89.7).
Manning isn't doing it alone, he's been getting help from his receiving corps. The Broncos have 551 yards after the catch this season, second-most in the NFL behind the Lions.
Look for the Broncos receivers to continue running against Philadelphia. Only the Redskins have allowed more yards after the catch this season than the Eagles (535).
Which defense is best suited to stop the Broncos?
It might be the Kansas City Chiefs, who match up well against Denver's passing attack.
All 12 of Peyton Manning's touchdown passes this season have come on sets that used at least three wide receivers. The Chiefs defense owns the league’s second-best Total QBR on plays when the opposing offense uses at least three wide receivers, which is the best among teams on the Broncos' schedule.
The Chiefs and Broncos meet twice in a three-week span (Weeks 11 and 13). The games bookend Denver’s Week 12 matchup against the Patriots in Foxborough.
The Eagles, on the other hand, rank 29th this season in opponents' QBR when using three or more wide receivers.