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During the 2009 NFL Season, then Tennessee Titans Running Back Chris Johnson ran for 2,006 yards (which at the time became just the 6th player in NFL history to surpass the 2,000+ rushing yard mark. Adrian Peterson would become the 7th in the 2012 season). Johnson’s expectations dramatically increased because of his performance that season. The following year Johnson ran for 1,364 yards on the ground and did produce another 1,300+ yards in a season throughout the remainder of his time in Tennessee.

Johnson was deemed by many, including myself, a failure because of his decline in production. But now that I am able to look at this whole picture from 20 feet away as opposed to 2 feet, I was able to see everything more clearly and realize that not only were Johnson’s expectations unfairly set high because of his career year, he still actually maintained similar production he produced throughout his entire career with the Titans.

I decided to take a look at Johnson’s career stats to date and noticed something that really stood out. Since being drafted by Tennessee back in 2008, Johnson has never had fewer than 1,400+ yards both rushing and receiving yards combined in a season. Another interesting observation I took note to was Johnson had 4 touchdown receptions in the 2013 season, the most he produced in a season to date.

As I began to rationalize the situation even more, I also realized that upon entering the league with the Titans, Johnson more or less carried the team on his back. Tennessee had no legitimate passing game and heavily relied on him (Johnson) to carry the load. In his first three seasons Johnson totaled 34 TD’s on the ground (2008- 9, 2009-14, 2010-11). Johnson’s decline in rushing yards really did not come until 2011, the same year as current starting quarterback Jake Locker was drafted, so it would only make sense that Johnson’s numbers would drop (Locker came in relief of Matt Hasselback midway through the season before being named starter from that point on). Finally the Titans had a (seemingly) franchise quarterback for the first time since drafting Vince Young (notice I said seemingly) and would not need Johnson to perform ‘miracles’ and run for 90 yard touchdowns.

Johnson was adjusting to a new system while still doing what he needed to do and never had below 1,000 yards rushing in a season, all the while still found a balance in assisting in the receiving game, scoring 10 total touchdowns in 2013 (6 rushing, 4 receiving) the most he has had overall since having 12 in the 2010 season (11 rushing, 1 receiving).

Sitting here now shaking my head, I realize how much of a mistake it was for the Titans to get rid of Johnson even though I was originally for it and viewed him as a ‘bust’ because he ‘failed’ to live up to his potential. The truth of the matter was that Johnson did everything for the team when he first entered the league, but as time went on the Titans were finally able to not be just one dimensional as they finally had the other assets to be a well balanced team. Wherever Johnson ends up from here, there is no reason to believe that he will not succeed on his new team because he obviously has a lot to offer!

 

Chris Johnson Career Stats

Rushing Receiving Total
2008 1,228 yards, 9 touchdowns 260 yards, 1 touchdown 1,488 yards 10 touchdowns
2009 2,006 yards, 14 touchdowns 503 yards, 2 touchdowns 2,509 yards, 16 touchdowns
2010 1,364 yards, 11 touchdowns 245 yards, 1 touchdown 1,609 yards, 12 touchdowns
2011 1,047 yards, 4 touchdowns 418 yards, 0 touchdowns 1,465 yards, 4 touchdowns
2012 1,243 yards, 6 touchdowns 232 yards, 0 touchdowns 1,475 yards, 6 touchdowns
2013 1,077 yards, 6 touchdowns 345 yards, 4 touchdowns 1,422 yards, 10 touchdowns
Career 7,965 yards, 50 touchdowns 2003 yards, 8 touchdowns 9,968 yards, 58 touchdowns

 

*Notes

Wide Receiver Nate Washington had 1,023 receiving yards in 2011

Kendall Wright who is coming off just his second season in the NFL, recorded 1,079 yards in 2013

After taking over for an injured Matt Hasselback, Jake Locker finished the 2011 season 34 of 66 for 542 yards passing and 4 passing td’s

Despite being intervened by an injury to his non-throwing shoulder, Locker passed for 2,176 yards in 11 games

In 2013 before going down with an injury, Locker had 1,256 passing yards through seven games

 

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When the Miami Dolphins parted ways with Reggie Bush, they were left without a legit running game. Both Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller, who were green with experience, were now at the top of the depth charts. Miller and Thomas split time at Running Back for the Dolphins in the 2013 season and together accumulated 1,115 rushing yards combined (Miller 709, Thomas 406). Miami ranked just 26th in rushing yards per game and total rushing yards as a team in 2013. Enter Knowshon Moreno. Moreno had a career year last year with the Denver Broncos, rushing for a career best 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns. Considering the fact he did that with Peyton Manning as his quarterback with all the weapons he had in the passing game, that was a pretty impressive thing for Moreno to accomplish. Speaking of the passing game, Moreno 60 receptions for 548 yards and 3 touchdowns, showing he has the ability as a threat in receiving game coming from the backfield. With a big hole in the running game as evident for the Dolphins, Moreno’s talents would be very welcomed and much needed in Miami.

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We are nearly a week in NFL Free Agency and surprisingly one of the biggest names out there, Jared Allen, has not been signed by any team!  Early reports indicated that the Denver Broncos and Allen had mutual interest in one another, but the Broncos ultimately ended up signing DeMarcus Ware, putting any chance of him going to Denver out of the equation. Allen has mentioned he wants to go to a team with a lot of cap space that is also a championship contender.

Right off the bat, some have speculated the Cowboys being interested since they loss Ware, but Allen is seeking at least $10 million a season, and Dallas has only just a bit over $7 million left in cap space. The past three seasons, the Cowboys  had a chance in the final game of the regular season to clinch a division title and playoff spot, yet failed each time to do so. Dallas may not be one of the most enticing places if Allen is looking for both a big payday and a chance at a championship, but who knows? Maybe he could help them get over the hump and at the same to come to a compromise with Dallas and take a pay cut. Though I honestly just do not see that happening.

After parting ways with Julius Peppers, the Chicago Bears are in pursuit to fill that hole at defensive end. Allen could be a good fit that would help improve the league’s worse defense’s in the league last year. (Though to be fair, most of that was due to a large part in injuries). With the signing of defensive end LaMarr Houston, and lining up with Stephen Paea, that, at the very least, could make Allen hear what Chicago has to offer, but being able to persuade him to sign with the Bears is another task in itself.

Per Dave Richard of CBS Sports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reportedly high on Allen, and with Lovie Smith being named new head coach it may be a perfect match for him (Allen.) It may take time though for Smith to turn the Buccaneers completely around after coming off a 4-12 season (and who have not had a winning record since the 2010 season) may cause Allen to look the other way.

     Finally, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that if Allen does not get the money he feels he deserves that he will simply walk away from the game. I just do not see that happening though. Rapoport mentioned on NFL Network’s “Free Agency Frenzy.” ” “He (Allen) is willing to simply go about his life and walk away from football.” Money (even if it is not as much as he feels he deserves) talks, and I believe Allen would eventually be willing to negotiate for a deal that is at least close to his market value. Plus with all the charity work he does, I think he would rather continue to give those foundations and organizations something instead of nothing.

 

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Eric Decker is expected to receive a huge payday like a number one receiver, despite some critics saying he is more or less a number two receiver. Nevertheless, teams will be willing to shell out huge dollar amounts to obtain his services even if he is nothing more than a number two receiver. When the New York Jets released Santonio Holmes, it freed up over $8 million in cap space, and now NFL Media’s Kimberly Jones reported is reporting that Decker and the Jets will meet Wednesday. If Decker decides the Jets are the perfect catch, he will have the ultimate opportunity to prove his is a legit number one receiver as he would be going from receiving passes from future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning to Geno Smith, who is coming off his rookie season.

In four seasons with the Broncos, Decker recorded 222 receptions for 3,070 yards, and 33 touchdowns

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Earlier I wrote about there being mutual interest in Jared Allen and the Denver Broncos.(http://kcsportsninja.com/jared-allen-and-denver-broncos-have-mutual-interest/ ) It appears that Allen is not the only highly touted pass rushing free agent that is on the Broncos radar. Denver also has its sights set on DE/LB DeMarcus Ware, who was cut by Dallas earlier today. There is talk about the possibility that Denver may even sign both, but as usual money may be the issue. It is said that Allen does not have many suitors so he may have to compromise a little if he wants to play for Denver. Allen also stated in the article as I mentioned above, that Allen wants to play for a competitive team with plenty of salary cap room.  Denver has already upgraded its defense after signing T.J. Ward to a 4 year $23 million deal ($14 million guaranteed). Denver would like to complement the upgrade in the secondary by strengthening its defensive front. If Denver can get one, let alone both Allen and Ware, the Broncos will without a doubt have one of the best defensive units in the 2014 season!

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   After informing the Minnesota Vikings he would not be back, Jared Allen is already making his move to visit with other teams. According to National Insider for NFL Network and NFL.Com, Ian Rapoport has stated that Allen and the Denver Broncos both have mutual interest with each side. Rapoport also reports Allen wants to go to a team that is competitive and has a lot of salary space, both true in regards to the Denver Broncos.http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000333131/article/jared-allen-set-to-visit-with-denver-broncos

     Should the Broncos sign Jared Allen, it is very possible that Shaun Phillips will not be brought back.

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12 time Pro Bowler Champ Bailey will not be brought back by the Denver Broncos. Bailey, who first entered the league in 1999 as a 1st round draft pick by the Washington Redskins. After five seasons with the Redskins, Bailey was traded to Denver in 2004. Though Bailey who is 35 (turns 36 before start of 2014-15 season) has been in the league for 15 seasons, has no indications of retiring and will test free agency.

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After suffering one of the most lopsided Super Bowl losses in NFL History, the Denver Broncos immediately began to look at what issues and needs would have to be addressed in the off-season. One is that of Wide Receiver Eric Decker and if he is going to be part of the future of the Denver Broncos or take his talents somewhere else and receive a bigger payday. Per NFL.com: , Eric Decker stated he would “welcome” a call from Denver, but needs to do what is best for his family. Lets not beat around the bush, Decker is as good as gone. The whole “I need to do what’s best with my family card” is 9 times out of 10 a cop out to make an athlete look less like the bad guy while ironically saying it is not about the money.

Eric Decker is most likely going to be looked at as a number one wide receiver for every team looking for a wideout to build their team around (Or at least receive the payment like one). Decker knows he will not be the top guy in Denver nor will he receive the big payday he will ask from them, therefore he will go somewhere else to get it.

 

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The Super Bowl was a one-sided game with the Seattle Seahawks dominating the Denver Broncos 43 to 8 to win their first NFL Championship.   The Seahawks had a great game defensively with 4 turnovers  including a 69 yard interception for a touchdown by linebacker Malcolm Smith who was named the game’s MVP.   They set the tone earlier when 12 seconds into the game they scored a safety when the snap went over Peyton Manning’s head into the end zone.  Offensively Russell Wilson got comfortable as the game went on throwing for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns.   Marshawn Lynch was held to 39 yards but scored a 1 yard touchdown run in the 2nd Quarter.   Percy Harvin who was injured for most of the season had two runs for 45 yards.   However his biggest play was at start of the 2nd half when he ran back the kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown to give Seattle a 29-0 lead and ended the competitive phase of the game.

Peyton Manning threw for 280 yards and a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas at the start of the 4th Quarter.     However, the Seahawks defense keep the pressure through the game and made all of the plays.    Seattle is already the odds on favorite to win the Super Bowl in 2015, and the future opponents are going to have a lot of problems.

Here is the break down of the Super Bowl 48 who will win and why.

QB:   Peyton Manning has amazing record season and will win the MVP.  Russell Wilson is in his 2nd year and is a game manager right now in his career.   There have been a lot discussion of Manning’s legacy this week and Wilson needs to prove that he can make big plays in a big game.   Advantage Denver

RB  Knowshon Moreno is young and outstanding running back who had a big season.  Marshawn Lynch had big games with the Seahawks and he did in the last two [playoff games.    Advantage Seattle

WR/TE   Demaryius Thomas led an outstanding receiving core along with Wes Welker and Eric Decker.    The Seahawks have only one big play receiver in Percy Harvin.    Advantage Denver

OL  The Broncos have done a great job in protecting Peyton Manning.   The Seahawks have down a great job in Russell Wilson.  Who’s OL keeps their QB clean will win this game.  Even

DL  The Broncos have an underrated defensive line that could put the presser on the quarterback  They had two sacks of Tom Brady in the AFC Title game.   The Seahawks had 2 sacks of Colin Kaepernick in the NFC Title game.    Advantage Seattle

LB   The Broncos have sure led by Wesley Woodward and Danny Trevathan.    The Seahawks are led by Malcolm Smith and Bobby Wagner  Advantage Seattle

Secondary  Dominique Cromartie-Smith lead an underrated secondary.   Richard Sherman led the group known as the Legion of Boom, and he will let you known about ask Michael Crabtree.   Advantage Seattle

Special Teams Matt Prather kicking field goals beyond 50 yards is money, Britton Colquitt is a good punter, and  Trindon Holliday is the threat of running punts and kickoffs for touchdown.    Steven Hauschka is an accurate kicker, Jon Ryan can land the punts inside the 20,  Jermaine Kearse, Doug Baldwin, and Golden Tate could make big plays in the return game.   Advantage Denver

X Factors  Wes Welker could  have a big game and make up for drop passes in Super Bowl 46.    Percy Harvin could make big plays in the return game and catching passes.

Intangibles  The weather will not be a major factor in the game.   The Broncos want to win this for Manning even though he is not retiring win or lose.      The Seahawks have nothing to lose but they have to open up the offense to win this game.

This will be a close game with the Broncos winning 27 to 24.   Peyton Manning will be named MVP

In the past the Super Bowl has been played in warm weather stadiums or in domes.     On February 2nd the Seattle Seahawks will take on the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.    The NFL has been planning this for the past two years, but even that will not be enough.    There is one thing they have not planned for is the weather.    There have been some contingency plans in the event of a blizzard.    One idea is to play the game on time and the fans will have to deal with it.    The second idea is in the event of the weather getting too bad is that the game is move up to Saturday night, or moved down to Monday or Tuesday night.   The other ideas would to play it early Sunday afternoon or later on in the evening.   The most unlikely scenario would be to play the game the following Sunday.

The Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell announced he would sit in the stands during the Super Bowl.   Even with the league planning for the worse.  It would be for nothing if the weather plays havoc on the Super Bowl.     For the Seahawks, Broncos, and football fans who will be there hopefully the weather will not be a factor.

When the Denver Broncos won the AFC Title yesterday it was a big triumph for Peyton Manning. He proved that he can defeat the New England Patriots and win a big game with an outstanding performance. His stats were 32-43 for 400 yards and 2 touchdowns. He did not get sacked or thrown an interception, and outwitted a Bill Belichick defense.  In Super Bowl 48, he has to outsmart the best defense in the NFL the Seattle Seahawks on February 2nd.   Not bad for a guy who had 4 major surgeries on his neck, and there was a chance he would never play in the NFL again.    In the past he lost playoff games in the with the Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts.   Until yesterday if never won another Super Bowl his legacy would be a great quarterback who never won the big one.

Manning can rewrite his legacy by winning Super Bowl 48, and if he does accomplish this feat history will be made.   He can become the first quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different teams.    However, the Seattle defense will not make this task any easier.

Bill Belichick is calling this “one of the worst plays I have ever seen” and a “deliberate hit on Aqib to take him out of the game”.

I want to start this off by asking this. How was that play not flagged? Deliberate hit to hurt Talib or not he clearly picked Talib and took him out of the play. The Patriots got called for that yesterday, why didn’t Welker and the Broncos?

Now onto Belichicks statement. Look, I love Belichick and I believe he is the best coach in NFL history. But he is wrong here. This was not a deliberate hit to take out Talib. If it was why would you send your 5’8 receiver who is concussion prone? If they wanted to hurt Talib they would of send a big guy like Julius Thomas to do their dirty work, not Wes Welker. Unfortunately for the Patriots, Talib was the one injury they could not overcome on defense and this injury may of cost them the game.

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The AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos could be the last matchup between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.  Both quarterbacks are future Hall of Famers and this game could decide the legacy of either quarterback. Brady has  3 Super Bowl Rings,  2 Super Bowl MVPs, and 2 Regular Season MVP.    Manning has 1 Super Bowl Ring,  1 Super Bowl MVP, and 4 Regular Season MVPs.    However, Manning is having an MVP season, but his career playoff record is 10 and 11.    Tom Brady has done more with less this season losing members of his offense either due to injuries or off the field issues.    The pressure is on Manning to win this game because he is two years removed from having 4 neck surgeries and this could be his last chance at winning the Super Bowl.

Brady has something to prove because it has been nine years since the Patriots won a Super Bowl, and losing two of them to the New York Giants.   Brady is 36 and Manning is 37 so both of them are looking at the last best chance to win a ring.   I am looking forward to this matchup and this game will go down to the wire.

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Peyton Manning says Bill Belichick will go down as the “Greatest NFL Coach of All-Time” before his Colts Broncos go up against Bill’s Patriots in the Conference Finals.  You can just really feel the love oozing from Peyton with these comments, but then again, they are dead on accurate.

After watching four outstanding Divisional playoff games the teams are set for Conference Championship games next Sunday.

AFC: New England VS Denver The Patriots ran for over 200 yards and six touchdowns versus the Indianapolis Colts. Tom Brady didn’t have his usual brilliant game but they won over the Colts 43 to 22. Denver struggled over the San Diego Chargers but won 24 to 17. Peyton Manning got over the hurdle of losing last year’s Divisional game to the Baltimore Ravens. This will be the fifteen time that Tom Brady will take on Peyton Manning, and it will be the four time they will face off in the playoffs. Also, it will be the third time they competed for the AFC Championship and a Super Bowl berth on the line.   The Patriots have the running game and the Broncos defense is suspect against the run. Bill Belichick’s defense has stop Peyton Manning in the past and this one will be no different. Patriots

NFC: San Francisco VS Seattle The 49ers won over the Carolina Panthers 23 to 10. Their passing game came to life against the Panthers defense today, and that has to continue against the Seahawks defense. Anquan Boldin had a big game and Frank Gore had a great game running the ball. The 49ers have to have a balance offense to keep the Seahawks off balance. The Seahawks have to continue to run the ball with Marshawn Lynch who had 140 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 23 to 15 win over the New Orleans Saints. Russell Wilson has to get the passing game going with or without Percy Harvin.   Both defenses are going to ready for this game and points will come at premium.    Seahawks

What is going to happen in the NFL Divisional Playoffs starting this Saturday afternoon?

Seattle VS New Orleans: The Saints proved they can run the ball and play well on the road last Saturday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. They were blown out they last time they were at CenturyLink Field. Seattle has a better defense and the Saints can’t stop Marshawn Lynch.  Seattle

New England VS Indianapolis: The Colts had an amazing comeback versus the Kansas City Chiefs, and Andrew Luck proved that he can win in the playoffs. However, the Colts don’t have a running game to take the pressure of Luck. Tom Brady can take advantage of the Colts secondary. LeGarrette Blount gives the Pats a running game they didn’t have for most of the season, but unlike Stevan Ridley there are no fumbling problem with Blount. Patriots defense have held it together despite numerous injuries. Solid Special Teams, and give credit to Bill Belichick for keep the team together despite injuries and other controversies.  Patriots

Carolina VS San Francisco: The Panthers defeated the 49ers earlier in the season at Candlestick. Cam Newton is coming into his own as quarterback and a leader. Wide receiver Steve Smith is supposed to be healthy and needs to make big plays in the passing game. The Panthers defense has been outstanding all season. Colin Kaepernick had a big game running and throwing the ball. He gave the Packers defense fits last week. Frank Gore needs to have 100 yards or more rushing, and Michael Crabtree needs another big game, but it will be tough against Panthers defense.  49ers

Denver VS San Diego:    The Chargers went up to Invesco Field and defeated the Broncos late in the season   Philip Rivers played a solid game versus the Cincinnati Bengals.    Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown give the Chargers a 1-2 punch in the running game.  Their defense shut down the Bengals running game and sacked Andy Dalton twice and forced 4 turnovers.     Peyton Manning  had an MVP season, but has been haunted by past playoff failures including losing last year’s Divisional Playoff game vs. the Baltimore Ravens.    The Broncos have a good running game lead by Knowshon Moreno and that takes the pressure off of Manning.    Broncos defense has been weaken by the season ending of linebacker Von Miller.    Broncos

Peyton Manning did it. He broke the single season record for TD passes (even if one wasn’t a complete pass), and he did it in game 15 (just like in 2004). He’s still on pace to break the single-season records for passing yards and he might just add 3-4 more TDs to his total. Let’s take a look at Peyton Manning’s 2013 stats compared to those of other QBs after 15 games in their own record-setting seasons. I’ll probably post a season post-mortem update to this after next week’s game. As always with this football statistics stuff, I never claim expertise, I just do it for fun. Along with whatever’s new,  there’s still some stuff here from last week’s look.

Quarterback (15 games played) cmp att cmp% Yds TD INT rate record
Peyton Manning (2013) 425 631 67.4 5211 51 10 113.0 12-3
Drew Brees (2011) 440 622 70.7 5087 41 13 108.4 12-3
Aaron Rodgers (2011)* 343 502 68.3 4643 45 6 122.5 14-1
Tom Brady (2007) 366 536 68.3 4450 48 8 117.2 15-0
Peyton Manning (2004)* 335 495 67.7 4551 49 10 121.4 12-3
Dan Marino (1984)** 339 524 64.7 4744 44 15 109.8 13-2

*Rodgers was done for the season after 15 games and Manning played just one series of the 2004 finale, going 1/2 for 6 yards, no TDs.

**Marino set the single season record for TDs and passing yards before the NFL started calling more illegal contact penalties in 2004.

So Manning broke the TD record, again. Considering his skill, and the number of attempts he’s had this season, it’s not quite so surprising. Since Marino wasn’t done extending the record until game 16, and Brady didn’t break it until game 16 (not to mention the yardage record), I’m going to hold off on in-depth comparisons on speed or efficiency until after next week.

Still, it is notable that Manning needed several more attempts to break the record than Brady or himself in 2004. He has achieved more yardage on fewer completions than Brees, however.

Barring a meltdown, his team will lock up the #1 seed, something that the 2011 Saints and the 2004 Colts failed to do. Despite being lower than 3 of the other guys on the list (and Nick Foles this season), Manning’s single-season passer rating is currently good enough for number 5 all-time. This would make him and Tom Brady the only QBs with two seasons in the all time top 10 for passer rating.

Manning is in pretty good shape to break Brees’ single season yardage record, needing just 266 to pass it. Manning’s career average (per games started) is 270, and his average this season is 347. With Denver needing a win OR a Patriots loss to lock up the number one seed in the AFC, you can bet Manning will play most of the game, unless it’s a huge blowout. The Pats play the Bills at the same time the Broncos play the Raiders, so there’s no chance of locking up a playoff spot early.

Wes Welker, who sat out the last two weeks with a concussion, remains out. Obviously, this wasn’t much of an issue against the Texans last week, but I’m sure the team misses him. With a playoff BYE assured, they’ll have him back for their first playoff game.

Manning finished last week’s game vs. the Texans going 32/51 for 400 yards, 4 TDs and 0 INTs. This was his 4th 400+ yard game of the season, which ties Marino’s record from 1984. Manning has never had back-to-back 400+ yard games in his career (though had 403 followed by 397 this year against Kansas and Tennessee).

The Broncos need 18 points to beat the season record of 579 set by the 2007 Patriots. They’ve averaged 38 points a game so far this year, never scoring less than 20 and scoring less than 30 only 3 times. I’d look for them to break this record too.

When Denver and Oakland played in week three, Manning went 32/37 for 374 yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs. It is his third-highest passer rating for the season (135.8). Manning’s 2013 pace says he’ll go 28/42 for 347 yards and 3 TDs against Oakland in game 16. It wouldn’t surprise me if he does, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if he doesn’t. With 51 TDs, he’s already broken the highest-profile record, even if he is the third (and first, I suppose) person to do it in 10 years. Now the team just needs to play for postseason position. Thing is, Manning’s their best weapon to win any game. I think he’ll keep up the pace.

As usual, most everything above was calculated using numbers found at Pro-Football-Reference.

Filed under: History, Sports, Uncategorized Tagged: aaron rodgers, Dan Marino, Denver Broncos, drew brees, NFL, Passing Record, Passing Yards, peyton manning, tom brady, Touchdown

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Matt Prater’s kick was just three of the Denver Broncos 51 points that they hung on Tennessee this past Sunday, but it was the most impressive three points in a NFL weekend that was packed with impressive plays.  Prater breaks the NFL record with a 64 yard field goal breaking the original record by Tom Dempsey of 63.

 

 

 

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Denver Broncos (10-2) Head Coach John Fox will make his return to the sideline on Sunday for the first time since his heart surgery early November.

 

The Broncos went 3-1 without Fox roaming the sideline.  Fox was medically cleared by doctors and after consulting with team football operations head honcho, John Elway, they decided it was time for him to make his return on the field with his players.

“On the field you have a little bit better feel for the players,” Fox said.

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