Each week, DenverBroncos.com will go inside the boxscore from the team’s most recent game to give you interesting stats and notes that may have gone unnoticed.
Opponents have yet to score on the Broncos in the first quarter this season. Denver has scored 17 points in the opening period and has led after the first quarter in each of its three games thus far.
The Broncos defense held Tennessee running backs Chris Johnson and Javon Ringer to a total of 15 yards on 19 carries on Sunday. That 0.8 yards-per-carry mark ranks as the third-best in club history.
Cornerback Jonathan Wilhite registered a sack for the second consecutive week. His two sacks in 2011 lead all NFL cornerbacks.
Rookie linebacker Von Miller is tied for the NFL lead with two forced fumbles. Against the Titans, Miller stripped quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and defensive end Derrick Harvey pounced on the loose ball. During the season opener vs. Oakland, he stripped wide receiver Jacoby Ford on the Raiders’ first offensive snap and fellow rookie Rahim Moore recovered for the Broncos.
For the third straight week, the Broncos have played a game that was decided by a field goal or less. It is the first time in club history that Denver has opened the season with three games decided by three or fewer points and only the 19th time in NFL history a team has opened that way.
With two red-zone touchdown passes against the Titans, Kyle Orton improved his career red-zone touchdown-to-interception ratio to 55:3, which is third-best among active quarterbacks behind Tom Brady and Aaron Rogers.
Kicker Matt Prater is the only player in the league to post a perfect touchback percentage on kickoffs through three games. All 13 of Prater’s kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks, including three at Tennessee on Sunday. Chicago kicker Robbie Gould ranks second with 11-of-14 kickoffs resulting in touchbacks (78.6 pct.).
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