Over the past two games, Broncos opponents have returned four punts for a total of -2 yards. Punter Britton Colquitt ranks third in the NFL with a 43.1 net-punting average this season, and is one of five players to post 15-or-more punts inside the 20 with three-or-fewer touchbacks. Colquitt leads the league with opponents averaging just 3.6 yards per punt return in 2012.
The Broncos offensive line didn’t allow a sack for the third consecutive game, marking just the fourth time in team history that the line has kept the quarterback clean for three straight games. It is the first such streak since the 2008 season.
Linebacker Von Miller set a career high with three sacks against fellow second-year player Andy Dalton. Miller is now tied with Texans defensive end J.J. Watt for the NFL lead with 17 tackles for a loss through Week 9 of the 2012 season.
Wide receiver Eric Decker is tied for first in the NFL with seven receiving touchdowns since Week 4 of the 2012 season. He caught eight passes for 99 yards with two touchdowns at Cincinnati, tying for the most receptions and touchdowns among AFC players in Week 9. Sunday marked the fifth consecutive contest with at least one receiving touchdown for Decker, which is one shy of the Broncos’ all-time record. He now has 16 career receiving touchdowns, which ties him for the most receiving scores by a Bronco during his first three professional seasons (Lionel Taylor, 1960-61).
Wesley Woodyard finished with a game-high 14 tackles in Denver’s win at Cincinnati. Woodyard now has 72 tackles on the season according to press box totals, which ranks eighth in the NFL through Week 9.
Linebacker Von Miller and defensive end Elvis Dumervil have combined for 15 sacks through Week 9, which leads all pass-rush duos in the NFL. Miller is tied for second in the NFL with 9 sacks on the season.
Tight end Joel Dreessen ranks second among NFL tight ends in percentage of catches resulting in touchdowns (16.5% / 14-of-85) since 2010 (min. 30 rec.). He caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Peyton Manning that proved to be the game-winning score against the Bengals.
Cornerback Champ Bailey intercepted his 33rd pass as a Denver Bronco to move into a tie with Mike Harden for fifth-most in franchise history. It marked the 51st career pick for the 11-time Pro Bowler, which ranks third in the NFL since his rookie year in 1999.
Sunday’s win at Cincinnati marked the 100th career regular-season victory for center Dan Koppen. He is now 100-28 in his career, with that .781 winning percentage ranking first all-time among offensive linemen.
Wide receiver Trindon Holliday took the opening kickoff of the second half 105 yards for a touchdown to mark the longest play in Broncos history. It was his first career touchdown and the first kick return touchdown for the Broncos since the 2010 season.
Decker and fellow third-year receiver Demaryius Thomas have combined to form the NFL’s top receiving duo with 1,339 combined yards through Week 9.