Handing Out Denver Broncos Game Balls After Win Over Jets

Andre Goodman of the Denver Broncos intercepted a Mark Sanchez pass and returned it for a touchdown during the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Thursday night. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)

That was a heck of a game on Thursday night. The Denver Broncos pulled out another last minute win with an upset over the New York Jets 17-13. This time I was on hand to witness the event. It was my privilege to attend the game with fellow staffer Ian Henson and his lovely wife. I will say that the crowd was not entirely in this game. At least not til the very end when we all knew what would happen. I also attended the opener on Monday Night against the Raiders and let me tell you, the crowd that night was awesome. Really no comparison to the fans in attendance for this game. That said, I firmly believe the Home Field crowd caused the Jets to burn at least one timeout and were also responsible for the botched snap that Von Miller nearly pounced on. The Defense played extremely well and the Defensive Line made a statement very early. They also kept that attitude for 60 minutes. I have 2 Game balls on Defense this week, just because I can't ignore it, but the Horseshoes will be heavily tilted towards that side of the ball too. So follow the jump and see if you agree with the four Bronco stars of the game. 


The first Game Ball simply has to go to Broncos Quarterback Tim Tebow. What can I say? He won the game. Right after the punt landed at the Broncos 5 yard line with 5:54 left in the game and the Broncos down 13-10, I turned to Ian said, "you know what's going to happen don't you? We're going to witness a Tebow comeback in person." I went on to predict that the Broncos would score a touchdown leaving about 1:15 left on the clock. I was perfectly fine with that scenario too. A 4-point lead with a minute left and the Defense playing as well as they've ever played in a few years? Sure, that was acceptable to me.

That isn't entirely the way it panned out and I'm here to tell you that I don't possess the Second Sight. After a few years of futility trying to predict the draft selections or the record for our team, I am more of a reactor than a predictor. The bottom line, as ever, was another Broncos win. Three in a row! It seems like forever since we've seen that doesn't it?

I won't bother busting out any stats for this one. I will just leave it to head coach John Fox:

"He (Tebow) has gotten better every week. I don't know if y'all see it, but we see it, and he was better last night than he was the week before in terms of passing the football. He'll continue to do that, there's no doubt in my mind."

Nuff said.


The two Game Balls on Defense go to Von Miller and Andre' Goodman.

Von Miller has been everything and more for the Denver Broncos as their top draft pick. I really don't see why the other rookies don't concede and just give the Rookie of the Year Award to Von. Simply put, the Rookie had a game that you would expect from a Pro Bowler. 10 Tackles, 1.5 Sacks, 3 Tackles For a Loss, 1 Pass Deflection, a Forced Fumble and 4 solid hits on Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez. That is dominating folks.

On the season, Von has 48 Tackles, 9.5 Sacks, 14 Tackles For a Loss, 3 Pass Break Ups, 3 Forced Fumbles and 20 QB hits. 

Troy found this article by Bill Barnwell that kind of makes a statement as to just how good Von Miller is:


Miller now has 9.5 sacks in his first 10 games as a pro. How good is that? Well, pro-football-reference.com has sack data going back only through 1982, when the sack was made an official statistic, but it's not a very long list. Only one player accrued more than 9.5 sacks during his first 10 games as a pro, and it's superstar Bears end Julius Peppers, who picked up 11 in 10 games and finished his rookie year with 12 sacks. And only one player matched that 9.5-sack figure in his first 10 games. That defender is late Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas.

Can you say Defensive Rookie of the Year?

Andre' Goodman had maybe his best game in a Bronco uniform last night. His 26-yard Interception return for a Touchdown to tie the game in the 3rd Quarter brought the stadium to life and changed the entire outlook of the game. The Broncos were floundering on Offense and I feel confident in saying that it was this pick six and not the finger pointing taunt that Andre' gave the Jets Offense that brought life to the Denver sideline. He also had a critical Pass Break Up against Jets Running Back Joe McKnight on 2nd and 8 that helped stall the Jets right before the Game Winning drive by the Broncos.


The Game Ball for Special Teams has to go to Cassius Vaughn.

A few minutes into the 2nd Quarter right after the Jets tied the game at 3, Cassius tool the ensuing kickoff and found a seam around the right side, galloping for 67 yards with David Bruton, Wesley Woodyard and Virgil Green  leading the way. Unfortunately the Broncos had a 3 and out possession and wasted a good opportunity to put some points on the board. Cassius finished with 3 Kick returns for 99 yards, but that wasn't the end of the story.

On Matt Prater's kickoff following Andre' Goodman's pick 6 in the 3rd Quarter, Jets returner Joe McKnight fumbled and Vaughn was there to recover it. That Fumble Recovery kept the momentum in the Broncos favor. It was at that moment, I realized the Mile High Magic had returned.

Enjoy this win Bronco fans. Three game winning streaks have been scarce in the Rockies lately and there is ample time before next weeks trip to San Diego.

Go Broncos!

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