Game Notes for Monday Night Football

Interesting facts and figures heading into Monday night's game against the Oakland Raiders -

  • "Rainy days and Mondays" gave The Carpenters the blues in 1971 (one year after MNF's debut), but Oakland's Jerry Rice excels on the first day of the workweek.  The 40-year-old, who is tied for fifth in AFC receptions (51), holds the all-time Monday Night Football record for touchdowns (32) and catches (220).  Rice and Tim Brown (44 receptions this season) are both as strong as ever and combine for 19.8 miles of career NFL receiving yards.   Oakland moves by land, too, with nine-year rusher Charlie Garner on pace for his third career 1,000-yard season (518).
  • Broncos defensive end Trevor Pryce will attempt to make Gannon hurry in the pocket and add to his 7.0 sacks, which tie with Tennessee's Kevin Carter for most in the AFC.  Pryce is vying to be the first Denver player to lead the conference in sacks.
  • The league's longest active streak of consecutive games with a TD pass belongs to the Broncos' Brian Griese with 23.  Running back Clinton Portis leads NFL rookie rushers with 562 yards to go with his five touchdowns (one receiving).
  • The meeting marks the 13th time these clubs have played each other on Monday night, with Denver leading the series 6-5-1.  No NFL series has been featured more on Monday Night Football – the longest-running prime-time entertainment series in TV history (33 years).
  • As Oakland's head coach (1969-78), Monday Night Football color analyst John Madden was 8-1-1 at Denver.

Television's longest continuously-running prime-time entertainment series:

PROGRAM

YEARS

NFL MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (ABC)

33 (1970-current)

Walt Disney (ABC, CBS, NBC)

29 (1954-82)

Ed Sullivan (CBS)

24 (1948-71)

Red Skelton (NBC, CBS)

20 (1951-71)

Gunsmoke (CBS)

20 (1955-75)


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