2012 Broncos-Week 9 Game Balls

Via DenverBroncos.com - Eric Lars Bakke

Three Touchdowns and 3 Sacks earn three players a Game Ball.

Yesterday’s Bronco road victory over the Cincinnati Bengals has fans across Broncos Country muttering about the Super Bowl, including whispers of the Denver Broncos in the same sentence. At the halfway point of the season it’s still early for that kind of talk, but the optimism is certainly warranted. Meanwhile, the Broncos are steering the AFC West at 5-3 and MHR is distributing Game Balls.

SPECIAL TEAMS

There were some good and bad Special Teams play on Sunday. Mostly good. Matt Prater was solid and steady. Britton Colquitt punted 3 times in the 1st half and then played Angry Birds on the sideline for the rest of the game. The big play though, came right at the onset of the 3rd Quarter.

Mike Nugent kicked off to start the 2nd half and recently acquired Trindon Holliday fielded the ball 5 yards deep in the end zone. The 5-5 Mighty-Mite tore through the Bengals coverage Unit and raced all the way to the opposite goal line for the first Kick Return Touchdown of his career and a Broncos team record for the longest Kick return (105 yds). That gave Denver a kick start and a 17-3 lead. Game Ball.

OFFENSE

Peyton Manning set a career record for most 4th Quarter comebacks, but he kind of put the team in that position in the first place. The real story on Offense was Wide Receiver Eric Decker.

Mr. Decker became the 5th player in NFL history with a Touchdown catch in five consecutive games. He had a pair of scoring receptions for the game, bringing his season total to 7, which ties him for 2nd in the league. Eric had 99 yards on 8 catches in 11 targets. His 46 receptions in 2012 ties him for 10th in the NFL. Decker has been targeted 69 times and has a 66.7% catch rate.

DEFENSE

How can this be anyone other than Von Miller? The 2nd-year Linebacker set a career high with three Sacks in Sunday’s game. Miller finished with 6 Tackles, 3 Sacks, 3 Tackles For a Loss, 4 Quarterback Hits and I don’t know how many pressures. Von drew 2 or 3 Holding calls and between him, Elvis Dumervil and Derek Wolfe, had Bengal Quarterback Andy Dalton nervous. Miller is tied with Houston’s J.J. Watt for the NFL lead in Tackles For a Loss with 17. His 15 QB Hits this season are good for 4th in the league for all defensive players. Von has 20.5 sacks in 23 career games for the Broncos. That’s reason enough to develop your own Sack Dance.

Stay tuned for a round of Horseshoes.

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