NFL PREVIEW: TENNESSEE TITANS (5-7) AT DENVER BRONCOS (10-2)
December 4, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
TENNESSEE TITANS (5-7) AT DENVER BRONCOS (10-2)
TITANS: Club needs win to match last year’s win total of 6…QB RYAN FITZPATRICK is 1-0 as starter vs. Denver (w/ Bills on 12/24/11). Has 100+ passer rating in 3 of past 4…RB CHRIS JOHNSON (48) needs 2 rush TDs to join HOFer EARL CAMPBELL (73) & EDDIE GEORGE (64) as only RBs in club history to reach 50 career rush TDs. Has 6 career rush TDs of 80+ yards, most in NFL history. Totaled 101 scrimmage yards last week…WR KENDALL WRIGHT (71) needs 9 rec. to become 1st Titan with at least 80 rec. in season since ’04 (DREW BENNETT & DERRICK MASON). Leads AFC with 26 3rd-down rec. WR NATE WASHINGTON had 8 rec. for 92 yards with TD in last game vs. Den…TE DELANIE WALKER had 5 rec. for 85 yards (17 avg.) in only career meeting vs. Den. (10/31/10 w/ SF). In 2013, Walker has career-highs in catches (45), rec. yards (454) & TD catches (5)…DT JURRELL CASEY has career-best 8 sacks this season, most among AFC DTs…
BRONCOS: Have scored 464 points, 3rd-most by team through 1st 12 games of season in NFL history (NE, 469 in 2007; LA Rams, 466 in 1950). 13-1 at home since 2012…QB PEYTON MANNING has passed for 4,125 yards, most ever through 1st 12 games of season. Manning’s 41 TD passes are tied for 2nd-most through 1st 12 games (Manning, 44 in 2004; TOM BRADY, 41 in 2007). For career, Manning is 13-5 (.722) vs. Ten. with 102.2 rating. Has won 5 straight vs. Ten…RB KNOWSHON MORENO (824) needs 124 rush yards to surpass career-high (947 in ’09). Rookie RB MONTEE BALL had career-high 117 rush yards on 13 att. (9 avg.) last week…WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Thomas is 1st Bronco with at least 10 TD rec. in consecutive seasons. WR ERIC DECKER had club single-game record 4 TD catches last week & career-high 174 rec. yards. TE JULIUS THOMAS (10) needs TD rec. to surpass HOFer SHANNON SHARPE (10 in ’96 & ’98) for most by Den. TE in season…DE SHAUN PHILLIPS (9) needs 3 sacks to surpass career-best of 11.5 in ’06. LB DANNY TREVATHAN leads team with 95 tackles.