Broncos Game Balls: Week 14

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Game Balls for Offense, Defense and Special Teams.

Last night’s 26-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders not only was a satisfying season sweep, it marked the first 8 game winning streak for the Broncos since 1998. We all know how that season turned out don’t we.

YEAR Number
1. 1998 13
2. 1984 10
3. 1996 9
4. 2012 8
5. Seven times 6

If the Broncos win out, they could end up with the second-longest winning streak in franchise history with 11.


On Offense, the Game Ball should rightly go to RB Knowshon Moreno, posted his third career 100-yard rushing game and finished with a career-high 32 carries for 119 yards (3.7 avg.) with one Touchdown. Knowshon delivered a "Workhorse Running back" performance and showed Broncos Country that his studies of Willis McGahee during his time on the Inactive List have proved beneficial. Moreno has been solid in the "Next Man Up" role at RB since McGahee’s knee injury. He has gained the tough yards and more importantly, held on to the ball.

Knowshon has started the last 3 contests, with 72 carries for 273 yards (3.8 avg.) and a Touchdown. He has also caught 12 passes for 88 yards. Those are about right for a Running Back in a Peyton Manning-led Offense.

On Defense, you can hardly question Von Miller’s performance. On a terrible field, Miller’s speed and quick first step were nullified, but he was able to create pressure nonetheless. Von recorded his 16th Sack of the season and 6th Forced Fumble, setting up the Broncos on the Oakland 2-yard line. Knowshon scored a few plays later to put the game out of reach 23-7 in the 3rd Quarter. Von finished with 4 Total Tackles, a Sack, a Quarterback Hit, 3 Hurries and a Forced Fumble. Not bad for a day at the Office.

On Special Teams, the Game Ball goes to Matt Prater, who got enough work in to straighten out the kinks from the past 2 poor outings. I’d like to believe that it was all part of Peyton Manning’s game plan in preparation for the playoffs. Regardless, Prater matched a career high with 4 Field Goals, including a 43-yarder, a distance that has been befuddling for Matt. He was responsible for 14 of the Broncos 26 points. Prater had 5 Touchbacks in 7 Kickoffs with the coverage Unit allowing a total of 34 yards.

Stay tuned later for the Handing out of the Horseshoes.

Go Broncos!

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