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DENVER (9-7) At BUFFALO (7-9)

Noon Sunday

OPENING LINE — Broncos by 3.

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Broncos 5-11; Bills 10-6.

SERIES RECORD — Bills lead 17-14-1.

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LAST MEETING — Broncos 28, Bills 17, Dec. 17, 2005 at Buffalo.

LAST WEEK — Broncos beat Cardinals 21-3; Bills beat Lions 16-13.

BRONCOS OFFENSE — OVERALL (21), RUSH (8), PASS (25)

BRONCOS DEFENSE — OVERALL (14), RUSH (12), PASS (21)

BILLS OFFENSE — OVERALL (30), RUSH (27), PASS (28)

BILLS DEFENSE — OVERALL (18), RUSH (28), PASS (7)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Denver is tied with New England for best regular-season record over last 10 years at 102-58 (.638). ... Coach Mike Shanahan is 10-4 in season openers. ... RB Travis Henry replaces RB Tatum Bell. Last season with Titans, Henry had 1,211 yards rushing. ... Dre’ Bly is opposite Champ Bailey, giving Broncos most productive cornerback interception tandem in NFL. Bailey has league-high 18 INTS in last two seasons (most since Everson Walls, 18 INTs, 1981-82). ... All four starting defensive linemen are new, with John Engelberger and Elvis Dumervil at the ends and Sam Adams and Amon Gordon in middle. ... Buffalo will play 11 games against opponents that finished 8-8 or better last season. ... Bills’ 46 wins this decade are fourth fewest among NFL teams, not including Houston, which rejoined the league as an expansion franchise in 2002. ... Buffalo is one of four teams — Arizona, Detroit and Houston — that’s not made the playoffs since 2000. ... Key losses on defense are LB Takeo Spikes, LB London Fletcher, and CB Nate Clements. ... QB J.P. Losman set career highs with 3,051 yards passing, 268 completions, 429 attempts and 19 TDs last season. ... WR Lee Evans set career highs in yards receiving (1,292) and receptions (82). ... DE Aaron Schobel posted 14 sacks (third in NFL). He needs 1 1/2 sacks to move into second on Bills’ all-time sack list (Bruce Smith, 171; Phil Hansen, 61 1/2). ... CB Terrence McGee is Bills’ career leader in kickoff returns (158) and kickoff return yards (4,276).

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