The Broncos by the numbers

The Broncos by the numbers
September 4, 2013, 9:45 pm
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The Broncos went 13-3 last year and won the AFC West title, their second straight divisional title and their 12th overall. That is tied with the Oakland Raiders for the most AFC West crowns. Along the way, the Broncos ended the regular season with 11 straight wins, including a 34-17 win over the Ravens in Baltimore.

Here are some other enlightening numbers about the Broncos:

1: The number of home openers the Broncos have lost in the last 13 years. Denver had won 11 straight home openers before losing to Oakland in 2011, and then beat Pittsburgh, 31-19, in the home opener last season.

4: Career return touchdowns for Denver's Trindon Holliday. Two of them -- a 90-yard punt return and a 104-yard kickoff return -- came in the Divisional Round game against the Ravens last season. He became the first player in NFL history with two return touchdowns in the same playoff game.

5: The number of seasons that new Broncos receiver Wes Welker has had at least 100 receptions. That is the most in NFL history.

12: The number of 4,000-yard passing seasons for Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. That is an NFL record. Drew Brees ranks second with seven.

14: Players on Denver's 53-man roster that were not with the team last year. Most notable among them are wide receiver Wes Welker, previously with New England, and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who had been with the Eagles.

52: Sacks recorded by the Broncos in 2012, tying St. Louis for the most in the league. But two players not with them for this game, Elvis Dumervil (now with Ravens) and Von Miller (suspended) accounted for more than half that total (29.5).

59: The distance of the longest field goal made by Broncos kicker Matt Prater. He has hit two 59-yarders in his career, and is 15-for-20 from 50 yards or more.

80: Consecutive regular-season starts by Denver offensive tackle Ryan Clady. He is one of three players that entered the league in 2008 to start every regular-season game for his team. The others: Defensive back Brandon Carr (now with Dallas) and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

1,434: Receiving yards last season for Demaryius Thomas. That ranked fourth overall, behind only Calvin Johnson (1,964), Andre Johnson (1,598) and Brandon Marshall (1,508).

12 million: The number of dollars that would have been guaranteed to linebacker Elvis Dumervil if he were on Denver's roster as of 4 p.m. Eastern time March 15. Not long before the deadline, Dumervil had agreed to take a $4 million pay cut, but because of a faulty fax machine, a signed deal had not been received by the Broncos as of 3:59 p.m. So a minute before the $12 million guarantee would have kicked in, the Broncos released Dumervil. He signed with the Ravens about a week later.