The Broncos have won the past three meetings and the overall series is tied at five, including the playoffs.
Denver jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 23-3 victory over Oakland. ... Terence Newman put the game away with a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown as the Cowboys dropped the Panthers, 21-7.
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Denver's first significant defensive test: The Broncos have played phenomenal defense this season and rank first in the league. That said, they have faced the league's worst two offenses the past two weeks and played against Cincinnati's 24th-ranked unit in Week 1. The challenge gets tougher this Sunday against the Cowboys' third-ranked offense.
Roy Williams' evolution as a No. 1 receiver: Slowly, but surely, Williams has become a bigger part of Dallas' offense. His four catches in Monday night's win over Carolina were his most in a Cowboys uniform and though he only has eight catches this season, he is averaging 22.4 yards per reception. He will need to come up big against a Broncos secondary that features Pro Bowl performers Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins.
Dallas' ability to force turnovers: Through the first two weeks, the Cowboys defense had no sacks or takeaways. That changed against the Panthers as it tallied three sacks and three takeaways. It won't be as easy to force the Broncos offense into mistakes: Denver has only two turnovers all season and has given up only three sacks.
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The Cowboys have won eight of their past 11 against the AFC. ... Dallas has rushed for over 200 yards in two straight games for the first time since 1979. ... The Broncos have not started 4-0 since 2003. ... Denver RB Knowshon Moreno leads all rookies with 184 rushing yards.
- The Broncos are one of two AFC teams (Baltimore) to feature two players with at least 180 rushing yards in RB (230) and RB (184). Denver is fourth in the league in rushing, averaging 158.7 yards per game.
- According to Stats Inc., LT owns the longest active streak in the NFL (all 19 career games) of not allowing a full sack among starting tackles.
- RB Correll Buckhalter is averaging 7.2 yards per rush (17-122, 1 TD) in two starts this year. Since 2007, he owns the NFL’s third-best yards per rush average (5.2, 155-804, 7 TDs).
- Coached by long-time NFL defensive coordinator , the Broncos have tied for the third-fewest points allowed (16) by an NFL team through its first three games of a season in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).
- Denver leads the league in several other defensive categories, including yards per game (214.7), yards per play (3.9) and fewest red zone drives (4).
- OLB/DE ranks second in the league with six sacks, which have all occurred in the previous two weeks (most in the NFL). Dumervil has posted an NFL-best four sacks on third down.
- The Broncos lead the AFC and rank second in the NFL in average opponent drive start after kickoffs (20.6-yard line).
- K is 3-for-3 on field goal attempts of at least 40 yards and is tied for the league lead in touchbacks on kickoffs (7).
Dumervil has six sacks as he transitions to becoming a linebacker (he previously was a defensive end) in Denver’s new 3-4 defense. Dumervil, record-setting sack artists in college, is putting constant pressure. He had 26 sacks in his first three NFL seasons. But he is clearly taking his game to the next level. Pass rushers are one of the toughest commodities to find in the NFL. Dumervil will be coveted.
On that note I would like to give a shout out to Elvis 'Doom'ervil who has been playing off the chain the last few games. I hope to see it contuine against the Cowladies, good luck to him.
Q: What's the difference between a Cowboys fan and a baby?
A: Eventually the baby stops whining.
Thats it from me ~ Aussie Out!