ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- As they roll toward Sunday’s regular-season finale in Oakland, the Denver Broncos are poised to make a point about points.
They need 18 points to set a new NFL single-season scoring record – the 2007 New England Patriots, with 589, hold the current mark. And in a season when they have scored at least 28 points in 13 games, the Broncos need 28 points to hit the 600-point barrier.
To put that in some kind of perspective, until this season, the Broncos’ highest scoring season in the franchise’s history was 1998. That team finished with 501 points.
Also, this year’s Broncos are the league’s only team to record more touchdowns scored (72) than punts (62).
Last Sunday in Houston, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning set the league's single-season mark for touchdowns and now has 51 through 15 games. A record both he and the Broncos have celebrated at least some, but also one Manning has tried to put into context even as the Broncos now chase the next one(s).
“I think the thing -- it’s a team accomplishment but it’s only a special thing when it’s come at the same time as winning games,’’ Manning said. “If we were 3-12 at this point, it would not have been a unique or special accomplishment for the team because it didn’t help you win games. At the end of the day, throwing touchdowns has helped us win games, and that’s our job as an offense. I think that’s why you can make it a little more special because it’s helped the team, I think.’’
The odds are in the Broncos' favor of setting the scoring mark. In the past four meetings with the Raiders, the Broncos have scored 37 (earlier this season), 26, 37 and 38 points.