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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-1) AT DENVER BRONCOS (2-0)

SERIES

  Saints
Broncos
Series Leader
   6-2
 Streaks    Past 2
 Coaches Vs. Opponent
  Shanahan: 2-1
 Last Week
L 29-24 at Redskins
   W 39-38 vs. Chargers

LAST GAME: 11/21/04: Broncos 34 at Saints 13. Denver QB Jake Plummer throws 2 TD passes & RB Reuben Droughns rushes for 166 yards, including 51-yard TD.

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/3/00: Broncos 38, Saints 23. Denver RB Mike Anderson rushes for 251 yards & 4 TDs to help overcome 441 passing yards by New Orleans QB Aaron Brooks.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: FOX (3:05 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 113 (NO). New Orleans Saints Radio Network (WWL 870 AM: Jim Henderson (play-by-play), Hokie Gajan (color analyst) and Gus Kattengell (sideline reporter). Spanish Radio: WFNO (830 AM) is the Spanish-language affiliate of the Saints. Marco Garcia handles the play-by-play duties, while Hector Pineda provides the color commentary.

NOTES
HEAD COACHES SEAN PAYTON (NO) & MIKE SHANAHAN (Den.) both attended Eastern Illinois.

SAINTS: In 8 games vs. AFC with NO, QB DREW BREES has four games with 383 pass yards, incl. 400-yard game (445) & 500-yard performance (510). When Brees has 100 rating, his teams are 25-5 (.833). Since joining Saints in 2006, Brees has passed for 9,400 yards, most in NFL & 58 TDs, 2nd-most in NFC. Has 3 TD passes in 3 of past 4 road games … RB-PR REGGIE BUSH has 3 100-yard rec. games in career & Saints are 3-0. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with 100 scrimmage yards. Has 4 TDs in past 3 vs. AFC (3 rush, 1 rec.). Had 55-yard PR-TD last week. When RB DEUCE MC ALLISTER has 24 carries, Saints are 11-0…Since entering NFL in 2002, TE JEREMY SHOCKEY has 379 receptions, 2nd-most in NFL. WR DEVERY HENDERSON has 12 career TD catches & 11 have been 20 yards. WR ROBERT MEACHEM had 1st career catch last week: 19-yard TD. WR DAVID PATTEN aims for 3rd in row at Den. with 60 rec. yards…DE WILL SMITH has 6.0 sacks in past 10. Has 8.5 sacks in past 14 vs. AFC. In past 7, S ROMAN HARPER has 3 INTs & 2 sacks.

BRONCOS: Team aims for 1st 3-0 start since '03…Clubs has 3-1 record (.750) vs. N.O. at home…In past 2 vs. NFC, QB JAY CUTLER has completed 43 of 68 passes (63.2 pct.) for 548 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT & 101.8 passer rating. Club is 7-0 when Cutler has 100 passer rating. Cutler has 98.7 passer rating at home & has 4 TD passes in 2 of past 3 at home…In past 2, RB SELVIN YOUNG is averaging 7.6 yards per carry (15 att., 114 rush yards)... WR BRANDON MARSHALL has 18 rec. last week & tied for 2nd most in NFL history (Rams TOM FEARS, 18 vs. GB on 12/3/50). Marshall aims for 4th consecutive 100-yard rec. game at home dating back to 12/9/07 (115, 114, 166). Rookie WR EDDIE ROYAL (2nd round, No. 42) aims for 3rd game in row with TD…TE TONY SCHEFFLER tied career high with 2 TDs last week…CBs CHAMP BAILEY (43) & DRE' BLY (38) rank 1st & 2nd among active CBs for most INTs since '99.

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