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Going by the numbers of Broncos-Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Statistical nuggets — some obvious, some not — from the Broncos’ 17-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium here Sunday afternoon:

8-3: Denver’s record, the franchise’s best after 11 games since 2005, when the Broncos started 9-2 on their way to a 13-3 finish. The Broncos are also one win away from their first winning season in six years; the current streak of non-winning seasons is the franchise’s longest since it endured 13 seasons without a winning record prior to the 1973 breakthrough season, in which Denver went 7-5-2.

33: Years that hadpassed since the Broncos won at least two consecutive regular-season games at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos won four successive games there from 1976-79, but until Sunday had never won consecutive games since then. The Broncos’ recent overall run of four wins in their last six trips to Kansas City is their best since 1974-79, when they went 5-1 at Arrowhead Stadium.

(The Broncos won consecutive games at Arrowhead Stadium in 1998, but one of them was a playoff game: a 14-10 divisional-round triumph en route to Super Bowl XXXII on Jan. 4, 1998.)

John Fox is also unbeaten at Arrowhead Stadium as a head coach; he won there with the Carolina Panthers in 2004 (28-17) and is 2-0 there with the Broncos.

4-27: Denver’s record in its last 31 games, dating back to September 2007, when allowing a 100-yard rusher, after Jamaal Charles ran for 107 yards on 23 carries Sunday. But it’s worth noting that the Broncos are 3-3 in their last six games when connecting a 100-yarder and 3-5 overall under John Fox.

49.8: Brady Quinn’s quarterback rating Sunday. This was the first game since Dec. 20, 2009 in which the Broncos held the opponent’s starting quarterback below a 50.0 rating, making Quinn the first since Oakland’s Charlie Frye (9-of-17, 68 yards, no touchdowns, one interception, 38.4 rating) with that dubious distinction. Curiously, of the past four times in which the Broncos held a quarterback to a sub-50 rating, three were at Arrowhead Stadium: Quinn on Sunday, Matt Cassel in 2009 (14.6 rating) and Damon Huard in 2007 (18.9 rating), which illustrates the degree of the Chiefs’ extended quarterbacking drought.

1,015: Demaryius Thomas’ receiving yardage this season, giving him the first 1,000-yard campaign of his career. He is just the third Bronco to hit the milestone after 11 games, joining Rod Smith (2000 and 2001) and Brandon Lloyd (2010). Those seasons all ended in the Pro Bowl.

18: Consecutive games the Broncos have turned the football over at least once, a streak that includes the postseason and began in Week 13 of the 2011 season at Minnesota. In that stretch, the Broncos have averaged 2.0 giveaways per game. Their only turnover Sunday came when a deep Manning pass for Eric Decker was intercepted by Kansas City cornerback Brandon Flowers.

6: Length of the Broncos’ current winning streak. It’s the third time in the last four years they’ve put together a six-game streak (2009, games 1-6; 2011, games 8-13). Denver hasn’t had a seven-game winning streak since 1998.

122: Offensive and defensive plays from scrimmage Sunday, the fewest in a Broncos game this year, and the result of the Chiefs’ run emphasis and their ability to string together first downs and control the clock for chunks of the game.

4: Number of times a Fox-coached team has been exactly 8-3 after 11 games. Last year’s Broncos were the first team Fox ever coached to make the playoffs after not being 8-3 (they were 6-5).

26: Touchdown passes for Peyton Manning this season, putting him one away from matching a franchise record set by John Elway (1997) and Jake Plummer (2004). He also recorded the 14th 25-touchdown and 3,000-yard season of his career, surpassing both of those milestones Sunday.

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