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Broncos 26, Raiders 13 … going by the numbers

OAKLAND – Notable numbers from the Broncos’ 26-13 win over the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum here Thursday:

10: The Broncos’ victory total, giving them their first double-digit win tally since 2005. Since the Broncos broke through for 12 wins in 1977, they’d never gone more than four seasons without at least 10 wins until the six-season drought from 2006-11. This is also John Fox’s fourth season with at least 10 wins in the last 10 seasons, in all of his previous 10-plus years, his teams got to at least 12 (including playoffs), going 14-6 in 2003, 13-6 in 2005 and 12-5 in 2008.

8-2: Denver’s record at Oakland the last 10 seasons.

6: Denver’s road winning streak in the AFC West. The Broncos have gone unbeaten in division road games three of the last four seasons (2009, 2011, 2012), but lost all three AFC West away games in 2010.

32: Carries for running back Knowshon Moreno on Thursday, the most for a Broncos running back since Reuben Droughns’ 38 carries at Oakland on Oct. 17, 2004. The total was the second-highest for any runner in the NFL this season, one behind Jamaal Charles’ 33 carries for Kansas City at New Orleans on Sept. 23.

375: Total points scored by the Broncos through 13 games, the fourth-most by the team at this point in a season. Two of the three previous seasons with at least 375 points ended with world championships (1997, 1998); the exception was 2000.

Plus-118: Denver’s point differential so far this season. In the six previous seasons when the Broncos had a plus-100 or better point differential after 13 games, they won the AFC title five times (1977, 1986, 1989, 1997, 1998). They won the AFC in 1987 without being plus-100 or better at this point and fell short of the Super Bowl in 1996 with a plus-152 differential after five games, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com.
20: Consecutive games with at least one turnover, including last year’s playoffs.

8: Consecutive games with at least one interception after Champ Bailey’s first-quarter pickoff in the red zone. The Broncos have procured takeaways in all but two games this year: at Atlanta in Week 2 and against Oakland in Week 4.

7: Touchdown catches by Broncos tight ends this year; Joel Dreessen’s first-quarter scoring grab was his fifth of the season.

6: Touchdown catches by Broncos tight ends in the previous three seasons combined.

129: Number of points Matt Prater is on pace to score this season after a 14-point night pushed his season total to 105. That would be the second-best total in franchise history; Jason Elam’s 132-point season in 1995 is the club standard.

6.9: Oakland’s yardage per play Thursday, the most allowed by the Broncos this season. Denver outgained Oakland 428 yards to 324, but the Raiders averaged 1.4 more yards per play; the difference was in the number of plays run; Denver ran 78 while Oakland ran just 47, the fewest against the Broncos since Sept. 27, 2009, when the Raiders ran 47 plays.

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