Through two games, Denver’s run defense has proved stout, holding opponents to just 2.6 yards per carry. That figure ranks fourth in the league in 2012.
Linebacker Von Miller sacked Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the fourth quarter of Monday’s game, marking his third quarterback takedown of the season. He is tied for second in the league behind Clay Matthews.
Cornerback Tracy Porter notched his sixth pass breakup of the season in Monday’s game at Atlanta. He is tied with Tim Jennings for the league lead in that category through Week 2.
Monday’s game marked the seventh-straight regular season game that wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has led the Broncos in receiving yards. That is the most since Lionel Taylor led the team eight straight games during the 1963-64 seasons. Thomas finished the game with eight receptions for 78 yards and one touchdown.
Running back Willis McGahee topped the 100-yard mark for the 31st time in his career on Monday at Atlanta. He finished with 22 carries for 113 yards (5.1 avg.) and a pair of touchdowns. He is tied for first among active players in career 100-yard games with Frank Gore and Steven Jackson.
Britton Colquitt punted five times for an average of 50.6 net yards against the Falcons to rank third all-time for single-game net-punting average (min. 4 punts). He also established a new career long with a 67-yard punt that was downed at the Atlanta 4-yard line in the third quarter. Of his five punts, three were downed inside the 20 – with two of those coming inside the 4. The only punt that the Falcons returned went for -2 yards, giving Colquitt a higher net than gross-punting average in the game.
Peyton Manning continued to climb up the record charts as he passed John Elway for third in all-time pass attempts in NFL history. Manning finished the game with 7,255 career passes and now ranks third in all-time passing attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns.