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Steve Quinne’s Broncos gameday quick hits

While you continue to digest Thanksgiving leftovers, Steve Quinne provides a few morsels of thought before Sunday’s showdown with Kansas City.

- The last time Denver was 7-3 heading in to week 12 was 2006 when they lost on Thanksgiving at Arrowhead. Kansas City went on to finish 9-7 and gain a Wild Card playoff berth. The loss was the second in a string of four straight for the Broncos, losses that ultimately spelled the end of Jake Plummer’s time in Denver.

- The Broncos and Chiefs have split their season series the past four years in a row. Each club is 2-2 at home and 2-2 on the road in that time.

- Last year’s 7-3 Chiefs win in Denver was the lowest scoring game in the series’ 104-game history (including Kansas City’s three seasons as the Dallas Texans).

- Kansas City is currently last in the league in scoring average, while the Broncos rank second. At 30.1 PPG, the Broncos are scoring almost twice as often as Kansas City at 15.2.

- Both Knowshon Moreno and Lance Ball set their career highs in rushing against Kansas City. Moreno’s came on Dec. 5, 2010 with 161 in a 10-6 loss. Ball set his mark of 96 in a 17-10 win Nov. 13, 2011.

- Only four Kansas City receivers have reached the end zone this year, three of those just once. Denver has passed for 24 touchdowns through ten games, with Eric Decker accounting for one-third of that total.

- Kansas City has a league-worst 31 giveaways and minus-21 turnover differential. Only the Chiefs (16) have more fumbles than Denver (13) in the AFC.

- With just two misses through ten games Matt Prater is on-pace to set a career record for field goal percentage. He is 15 of 17 so far this year; his career best is 16 of 18 in 2010 (12 games).

- Denver ranks second in the NFL in yards per attempt rush defense (3.5). Kansas City’s rushing attack is seventh in yards per attempt at 4.6.

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