The Denver Broncos went in to Arrowhead Stadium and came out with a 17-10 over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday to further complicate the standings in the AFC West. However, it didn't came with a price. Starting Running Back Willis McGahee went down with 8:14 in the 1st Quarter with an injured left Hamstring. To top that off, the next man up -- Knowshon Moreno went down on the next possession after a terrific run with a right knee injury. Later on, Left Tackle Ryan Clady left the game with an Undisclosed injury in the 3rd Quarter and did not return. Still, a win is a win and doubly so on the road against a division rival. So without further ado, let's hand out some Game Balls.
The Broncos Offensive Line gets the Game Ball this week. The Clydesdales led the rushing attack to dominate a total 244 yards (a 4.4 avg.) on the ground and gave up no Sacks, not even one Quarterback Hit for the game. The Chiefs were only able to get 4 Tackles For a Loss all day.
Playing 3 quarters of the game without their two top Running Backs, Lance Ball stepped up, running for 96 yards, and Tim Tebow added 44 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Fullback Spencer Larsen even got five carries and produced two 1st Downs. Wide Receiver Eddie Royal garnered 3 carries himself in a Single Wing look. All in all, it was a blue collar day for the working men up front. Look for the 5th ranked Rushing Offense to gain a spot or two this week. I am really liking how these big boys are coming together and when all the components of the passing game catch up, the Broncos will be a force to reckon with.
The Broncos Defense was effective against the Chiefs according to the game stats. Specifically, in the way the Tackles were sorted. The top Tackler for Denver was a Linebacker (DJ Williams). In fact, three of the top 4 Tacklers for the Broncos were Linebackers. Not too long ago, those top spots were filled by Defensive Backs. That means the Defensive Line is doing their job and keeping the Linebackers clean to make tackles, instead of opposing runners getting stopped by the Safeties. Don't get me wrong, safeties that tackle well are requisite, but when the guys up front are efficient, the rest of the Defense can be productive. I'd say that holding Kansas City to an 18.1% (2-11) 3rd Down conversion rate, is pretty efficient.
The Game Ball on Defense goes to Von Miller this week. It was a tough call, but his 7 Tackles, 2 For a Loss, 1.5 Sacks and 4 Quarterback Hits were the highlights of a good defensive product that the Broncos fielded. That brings his totals to 38 Tackles, 8 Sacks, 16 QB Hits and 3 Forced Fumbles along with two Pass Break Ups for the year. It also keeps his name in consideration for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. There is a team record in jeopardy too, but this will be easier to view as a chart for perspective.
|| Rulon Jones
|| Mike Croel
|| Elvis Dumervil
|| Lyle Alzado
|| Von Miller
That is pretty good company if you ask me. Von has 7 more games to record 4 Sacks for the team record. After that, he has a shot at the NFL rookie sack record of 13.5 set by Jevon Kearse in 1999.
The Game Ball on Special Teams goes to Tight End Dante Rosario, who had 2 Special Teams stops and downed a Britton Colquitt punt inside the 10 yard line. This may not sound that outstanding, but Tight Ends aren't supposed to be fast enough to down punts. In fact, there are a number of players who could be acknowledged for their Special Teams play, but Rosario deserves this for accumulative reasons as well, which is why he gets the nod this week. Through Week 10, Dante leads the Broncos in Special Teams Tackles with 6 stops and 1 downed punt. Chris Harris and David Bruton aren't far behind, with 5.5 Tackles and 1 downed punt apiece. It speaks well of Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Rodgers and the job he has done this year.
In closing, there are more accolades to come with the upcoming weekly Horseshoes post. Until then, enjoy this win because the New York Jets are coming to town on Thursday night.