FIRST DOWNS: Maybe not the sexiest statistic, but it speaks to one thing Denver focused on between Manning's first and second year with the Broncos: Running more plays. The Broncos have rarely huddled all season. In the win over Tennessee on Sunday, they ran 91 plays on offense. All those plays, of course, lead to more first downs. So far, Denver has 363 and is on pace for 447. The record is 444, set by the Patriots last year. Ironically, it was New England's 90 plays on offense and 35 first downs in a 31-21 win over Denver last season in Foxboro that opened Manning's eyes and led him to push for a faster tempo this year.
AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton contributed to this report.
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