OAKLAND, Calif. –The last decade saw some of the finest ground games the Broncos ever put together, anchored by running backs such as Clinton Portis, Reuben Droughns and Mike Anderson, each of whom played like superstars at various junctures.
But in the 38-24 win over the Raiders, the Broncos put together a rushing effort that they hadn’t enjoyed for 11 years.
299: Denver’s rushing-yardage total Sunday, which was the fourth-highest in team history and the best since Nov. 26, 2000, when Anderson led the Broncos to a 302-yard effort in a rain-soaked win over the Seahawks at Husky Stadium in Seattle.
50-22: Combined score in the last four fourth quarters in favor of the Broncos. Sunday represented the Broncos’ first fourth-quarter shutout of an opponent this season.
4: 100-yard games for Willis McGahee this year, the most for a Broncos running back since Tatum Bell had five in 2006. Bell became the Broncos’ most recent 1,000-yard rusher that season, capping a 12-year run in which six different running backs combined for 11 seasons above the four-figure milestone.
If McGahee makes it to 1,000 yards this season, the Broncos will end a streak of seasons without a 1,000-yard rusher that matches the four seasons from 1985-88. That skein ended when supplemental-draft first-rounder Bobby Humphrey hit 1,000 yards as a rookie in 1989.
103.3: Average yardage for McGahee in the six games he’s started this year.
41: Number of plays run out of the shotgun or various direct-snap looks (including a pistol-type formation on one play in the third quarter from which Tim Tebow hit tight end Dante Rosario for a 13-yard connection. Overall, 66.1 percent of the snaps Tebow received Sunday were not under center, including 73.3 percent of the snaps after halftime.
3: Interceptions by Denver’s defense in the first seven games of the 2011 season.
3: Interceptions by Denver’s defense against the Raiders in Week 9, led by a pair of Champ Bailey pickoffs that were his first of the regular season. Bailey’s two interceptions gave him 50 for his career.
“I remember when I got my first five my rookie year, and I was thinking, ‘Damn, Deion (Sanders) has 50 and Darrell (Green) has 50. I’m going to get there one day,’” Bailey said.
678: Days that had passed since Elvis Dumervil last had a sack prior to Sunday, when he came away with 1.5 sacks, splitting an early-game sack with Von Miller and later sacking Carson Palmer by himself.
38: Point total by the Broncos, their highest on the road since a 44-13 win at Kansas City on Dec. 6, 2009 — which was also their last division win away from Denver. (The Broncos won all of their AFC West road games that season, then lost all three in 2010).
The Broncos have surpassed Sunday’s point total just twice on the road in the last decade — the 44-point output at Kansas City and in a 41-14 win at Oakland in Week 1 of the 2008 season.
3-3: Tim Tebow’s record as the Broncos’ starting quarterback.
17-20, 12-21 and 0-1: Records of the other three previous quarterbacks (Jay Cutler, Kyle Orton and Chris Simms) as Denver’s starter.