Demaryius Thomas' streak ends, but will take win

DENVER -- The streak Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas didn't even like to talk about, the one Thomas' teammates hoped would lead to an NFL record, is over. But after Sunday's win over the Miami Dolphins, Thomas had three more touchdowns to salve the wound.

Thomas had entered the game with seven consecutive 100-yard games, one short of Calvin Johnson's NFL record of eight set in 2012. The Broncos ran the ball a season-high 35 times on Sunday with their first 50-50 run-pass split of the season to try add a little muscle to the offense.

The Miami defense gave Thomas plenty of attention, but the Broncos' top receiver finished with 10 catches for 87 yards to go with touchdown catches of 5, 15 and 5 yards.

"And I'll take the win any time," Thomas said. " ... I didn't want to talk about the record because it would like jinx it or something. I just want to keep playing better and better ... Anybody would like to have a record like that, but I just want to keep working and have us keep getting wins."

It was Thomas' second career three-touchdown game -- the other was last November against the San Diego Chargers.

Thomas struggled some in the season's early going as he was asked to often line up in the slot because Wes Welker was suspended. He had an uncharacteristic number of drops -- four in the team's first three games combined -- and didn't top five catches or 62 yards in any of the three games.

But since the Broncos' Week 4 bye, Thomas has had 69 receptions for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns in the last eight games combined.

"It's unfortunate he didn't get the record," said Broncos tackle Orlando Franklin. "But he brings it each and every week, game in, game out, he's been there for us."