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Published on 10/04/2009 at Sun Oct 04 20:32.
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Marshall over Newman for the game-winner. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)

Marshall over Newman for the game-winner. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)

Stats, notes, and points of interest after the Denver Broncos17-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.



The Denver Broncos scored 17 unanswered points and improved to 4-0 on the season after beating the Dallas Cowboys (2-2) by a 17-10 margin. This marks the sixth time in Broncos history the club has started a season 4-0.

Year Started Final Record Postseason
1977 6-0 12-2 Super Bowl XII
1986 6-0 11-5 Super Bowl XXI
1997 6-0 12-4 Super Bowl XXXII (W)
1998 13-0 13-3 Super Bowl XXXIII (W)
2003 4-0 10-6 Wild Card Round
2009 4-0 ? ?
  • WR Brandon Marshall’s 51-yard touchdown reception from QB Kyle Orton with 1:46 remaining and Denver’s fourth-down defensive stand with 0:01 left helped seal the win.
  • Orton, who completed 18 of his last 22 passes against Dallas and finished 20-of-29 for 243 yards and two touchdowns (117.5 rating), joined John Hadl (L.A. Rams, 1973) as the only two quarterbacks to throw for at least one touchdown and no interceptions in each of their first four starts with a new team.
  • Orton has thrown at least one touchdown in each start this season for the Broncos without recording an interception, improving his career touchdown-interception ratio in the red zone to 25:2. He extended his streak of pass attempts without an interception to 155 dating back to last season.
  • Marshall led the club with 91 receiving yards on his four receptions against Dallas and now leads Denver with 16 catches for 219 yards and two touchdowns on the season.
  • Head Coach Josh McDaniels joins Red Miller (6-0 in 1977) as the only head coaches in club history to start at least 4-0 in their first season with the Broncos. McDaniels and Indianapolis’ Jim Caldwell are the only 4-0 coaches this season.


With his two sacks against the Cowboys, OLB/DE Elvis Dumervil moved into a tie with Cincinnati’s Antwan Odom for the NFL sack lead with nine sacks on the season. Dumervil, who registered a career-high 12.5 sacks in 2007, has 10 multi-sack games in his career—including in each of Denver’s last three games—a mark that ties him for second in the NFL since he entered the league in 2006.

Player Sacks Yds
1. Elvis Dumervil, Den 8.0 35
Antwan Odam, Cin 8.0 51
3. Dwight Freeney, Ind 5.0 35
Robert Mathis, Ind 5.0 26
Player Pos Games
1. Jared Allen, KC/Min DE 12
2. Elvis Dumervil, DE DE/OLB 10
Robert Mathis, Ind DE 10
4. Shawne Merriman, SD LB 9
Aaron Kampman DE 9


  • The Broncos finished with two takeaways (1 INT, 1 FUM) against just one giveaway (FUM) for a +1 turnover differential (10 takeaways, 3 giveaways). Denver is second in the NFL with a +7 turnover differential on the season.
  • Denver’s first score resulted from Denver’s ninth takeaway of the season—a sack and forced fumble by S Renaldo Hill that was recovered by ILB D.J. Williams. The Broncos have now scored 30 points off 10 opponent turnovers in 2009 (3 TD, 3 FG; 38.0% of Denver’s total points (79)).


With his third-quarter interception of QB Tony Romo, CB Champ Bailey tied CB Louis Wright for seventh place on Denver’s all-time interceptions list with 26. Bailey also moved into a tie with Baltimore S Ed Reed for the second-most interceptions (44) since he entered the league in 1999 with the Washington Redskins.

Player INTs Yds Avg TDs
1. Steve Foley, 1976-86 44 622 14.1 1
2. Goose Gonsoulin, 1960-66 43 542 12.6 2
3. Billy Thompson, 1969-81 40 784 19.6 3
4. Tyrone Braxton, 1987-93, ’95-99 34 614 18.1 4
5. Mike Harden, 1980-88 33 643 19.5 4
6. Dennis Smith, 1981-94 30 431 14.4 0
7. Champ Bailey, 2004-Pres. 26 307 11.8 3
Louis Wright, 1975-86 26 360 13.8 1
Player INTs
1. Darren Sharper, N.O./Min./G.B. 55
2. Champ Bailey, Den./Was. 44
Ed Reed, Bal. 44
4. Dré Bly, S.F./ Den./ Det./ Stl. 40
5. Tory James, N.E./Cin./Oak./Den. 37


  • OL Russ Hochstein started at left guard in place of G Ben Hamilton. It marked Hochstein’s second start of the season as he opened at right guard in Week 1 at Cin. (9/13) in place of G Chris Kuper
  • RB Correll Buckhalter led all Broncos with five receptions (55 yds.)… RB Knowshon Moreno (14-65, 4.6 avg.) led the team in rushing for the first time this season…
  • ILB D.J. Williams tied for the club lead with nine tackles (all solo), a sack (1 yd.) and two passes defensed to go along with his second-quarter fumble recovery…
  • ILB Andra Davis also recorded nine tackles (7 solo) for the Broncos… Denver extended its scoring streak to 265 games. The streak, which began on Nov. 30, 1992, is the longest active streak in the NFL and the third-longest all-time…
  • OLB/DE Darrell Reid lined up at fullback and blocked for Denver’s fourth-down rushing attempt in the third quarter…
  • Denver’s defense held Dallas to 3-of-14 on third downs, including 0-of-7 in the second half. The Broncos allowed just 21 net yards on those 14 third-down plays…
  • The Broncos’ 10 points allowed was the fewest against an NFC opponent in 24 games (since 37-7 win vs. Arizona, 12/29/02)…
  • P Brett Kern finished with six punts for a 50.8 average, including four punts for a 55.3 average when kicking in Denver territory.

Big thanks to the Broncos PR Staff!

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  • milehighs

    Kyle Orton is sckin bad.

  • mile highs

    I havent heard yet did Ryan Clady get his record.I know that was Kyle got sacked.I didnt see were it was Clady falt.I hope he did cause he's the best talckle ever.

  • Broncos Zone

    some nice stats there!

  • budman

    You can't spell worth a damn. But yes, Orton is pedestrian at best. We will all find the answer as to what kind of team we have next week. So far, it's better than I expected. Too bad we can't see Cutler at the helm. That 51-yd td should have been picked. Marshall took the ball away. There's just no steam on Orton's ball. Is it the finger? Sure hope so.

  • steeplebomb

    I don't know who you're talking about. Orton can throw an absolute dart. Its his long range accuracy thats the problem

  • steeplebomb

    Case in point, his TD pass to Moreno. The speed of the ball was the reason it wasn't an INT

  • milehighs

    Ya i hope its thefinger.He did play with the glove again.Time will tell but he looks scared out thier.
    Did Ryan Clady get the no sack record?

  • Kyle

    Sacks are recorded by Stats Inc., and it usually takes them til about Tue/Wed. to figure that stuff out. We'll know if Clady got the record then (he might be attributed to a half-sack, hard to tell).

  • Kyle

    Spot on.

  • Troy

    How bout this nick name for Elvis Dumervill MR FANTASTIC…….definition He can squeeze through openings sometimes even as small as one molecule's breadth. He can twist or reshape his body or stretch roughly three miles fully extended before physical pain. He can flatten himself to the thickness of a sheet of vellum. Due to Reed's distaste for violence, he will usually wrap an opponent up in his body to attempt to control and compromise with them. To trap an opponent, he can also flatten his body and smother his opponent until they give in. Other applications of his powers include expanding his lungs allowing him to hold his breath longer, adjusting the distance between his cornea and retina to allow for natural ocular magnification, and in at least one case shortening the distance between the synapses in his brain allowing him to process thought at impossible speeds. Just toss in that out there what ya think

  • milehighs

    Dam I hope he got it.

  • TheTroglodyte

    Kerry hates the Bronco's and now they are 4 – 0. Isn't it wonderful how life just works out sometimes.

  • aaron

    This team may be one of my favorite Bronco teams ever. No one ever gives them any credit but they just keep on winning…..

  • flbronc

    i thought the same thing. i figured people would still be down on him. if cutler makes that pass, after he throws through the hands of a defender- he's a fearless gunslinger destined for greatness. when orton does it, it's a lucky play….

  • flbronc

    i thought we were supposed to find out what kind of a team we had THIS week….

  • Name

    Whats so hard accepting the fact that cry baby Cutler isn't a Bronco and never was! Now he's better off and so are we.

  • ocbronco

    It feels great to be 4-0 and to know we have a Defense. I knew we would be vastly improved on that side of the ball but no where near this solid. Wow.

    It's still too early to judge Orton as anything other than a winner. But it's also easy to see why he got benched on a great Bears team that had a very successful record at the time. His ability to throw the deep ball (Bear's fans commented on this as their biggest issue with him) is very concerning. I can only hope as someone said earlier that it has something to do with his finger.

    Either way we are contenders and it feels great!

  • roshon2411

    Wasn't their final record in 1998 14-2? Loss to Giants and Dolphins?

  • nogopostal

    Ayers had some time…he will factor more as the season moves on.
    As for Orton… he and Aaron Rogers have about the same QB rating of around 97.5, Orton has more than 200 yds on Rogers and TD's 5-4. Neither has thrown and INT. It appears this is the best comparison… jist sayin'

  • nogopostal

    Ayers had some time…he will factor more as the season moves on.
    As for Orton… he and Aaron Rogers have about the same QB rating of around 97.5, Orton has more than 200 yds on Rogers and TD's 5-4. Neither has thrown and INT. It appears this is the best comparison… jist sayin'