Denver Broncos Hot Topics - Saturday, Dec. 24

With 32 more yards this season, Denver Broncos running back Mike Anderson will join a select group. Read about Anderson and other "Hot Topics" about the Broncos.

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With 32 more yards this season, Denver Broncos running back Mike Anderson will join a select group.

Gary Brown, Earnest Byner, Ottis Anderson and Mike Garrett each went five seasons between 1,000-yard campaigns, which is tied for the longest stretch in NFL history. Anderson, who rushed for 1,487 yards as a rookie in 2000, has 968 yards with two games remaining.

"It's great; it's a great feeling, but the main thing is about (winning) this weekend and next weekend," Anderson said. Anderson was a sixth-round draft pick in 2000, and was suddenly thrust in the starting role when Terrell Davis was injured. He said that season was a whirlwind, and he has appreciated this season a little bit more.

"When I look back now; the rookie year; I really didn't understand what was going on at the time," Anderson said. "We went like 13-3 or whatever it was (actually 11-5), and I look at it now and am like, 'Do you know how hard that is to do?' But everything was going by so fast. I didn't have a clue. I was just enjoying the moment and learning on the go."

Anderson also had to come back from a serious injury last year. Anderson tore two groin muscles in the preseason and spent all season on injured reserve, but has come back to show he's still capable of being an effective back at 32 years old.

Anderson said he didn't set out to prove anything this season.

"To me, who are you trying to show it to?" Anderson said. "I've done a lot of good things in this league, and I've had a lot of success and had fun. So to me, it's not really proving anything. It just shows I'm doing my part to contribute to the success of this team."

PLAYER NOTES

--WR Rod Smith has eight 1,000-yard seasons since 1997. That is the most in the NFL in that time. Jimmy Smith could join him with eight 1,000-yard seasons since 1997 with 94 more yards.

--CB Curome Cox practiced all week. He hasn't shown any ill effects of a slightly separated shoulder that he suffered last week. He should be able to play against Oakland.

--CB Domonique Foxworth will have a tough challenge against the Raiders. Oakland has two dangerous starting receivers, Jerry Porter and Randy Moss.

Because LaMont Jordan likely won't play, the Raiders will probably pass a lot, and they will likely take plenty of shots at Foxworth, who is a rookie filling in the starting lineup for Darrent Williams.

--QB Jake Plummer has the second-highest rating in the NFL since Week 6. Only Peyton Manning, who has a 109.3 rating, has a higher rating than Plummer's 100.7. Plummer's touchdown-to-interception ratio since Week 6 is 13-to-3.

--FB Kyle Johnson got some recognition when he was named a third alternate to the Pro Bowl. Johnson has five receiving touchdowns this season, which is second in the NFL among running backs behind Washington's Mike Sellers.



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