The Denver Broncos pulled another victory out of their helmet on Sunday with their 3rd Overtime win this season. This time it was the Chicago Bears who got "Tebowed," Another day, another comeback. It really has started to become routine that the Broncos will come out flat on Offense and finish well. Denver rallied this time after being down by 10 points in the last few minutes of a game. With Sunday's win, the Broncos became 3rd team in NFL history to win 6 consecutive games after starting season 2-5 or worse. The 1970 Cincinnati Bengals and the 2005 Minnesota Vikings are the other two to accomplish this. Their record stands at 8-5 and they have secured 1st place in the AFC West division by virtue of a Green Bay Packers 46-16 trouncing of the Oakland Raiders.
Has the Mile High Magic returned? You tell me.
MILE HIGH MAGIC PLAY OF THE GAME
Matt Prater is getting the Game Ball on Offense this week. Why you ask? He scored over half the points against the Bears, including the game tying and game winning Field Goals. His 59-yarder with 8 seconds left in regulation tied the game and sent it into Overtime after Tim Tebow lead yet another rally. Prater kicked the game winner, a 51-yard Field Goal that was dead straight through the uprights, to stun the Bears 6 1/2 minutes into OT. That was Matt's 3rd Overtime Field Goal and 4th game winner this season, making him the first player in team history to kick three Overtime Field Goals in one season. Prater has converted 28-of-29 career Field Goals in the 4th quarter or Overtime.
D.J. Williams is rewarded with the Game Ball on Defense for a terrific effort on Sunday. He was the Broncos leader with 9 Tackles. DJ also picked up 2 Sacks, 2 Quarterback Hits and 4 Tackles behind the Line of Scrimmage for 22 yards. He was responsible for two 3rd down stops, forcing the Bears to punt and assisted Marion Barber out of bounds on that critical play just after the 2-minute warning in the 4th Quarter. DJ has 75 Tackles, 5 Sacks, 5 QB Hits, 3 Forced Fumbles and one Pass Break Up and is well on his way to a 3rd consecutive 100+ Tackle season and 4th in the last 5 years.
Marcus Thomas gets the second Horseshoe this week. Marcus had 6 Tackles and 2 Tackles for a Loss (2 yards) on Sunday. He was personally responsible for holding Marion Barber and Khalil Bell to 10 yards rushing on 6 carries, a 1.6 yard average. Marcus combined with Broderick Bunkley, stopping Barber after 3 yards in Overtime.Wesley Woodyard made his game changing Forced Fumble on the following play.
Britton Colquitt gets the Game Ball for his outstanding performance in maintaining good field position for the Broncos. It's something he has consistently done all season long. Britton punted 8 times against the Bears and one of the most dangerous return men in the league, Devin Hester, who averages 18.5 yards running back punts. Colquitt didn't shy away from him either with one exception where a directional punt went out of bounds. Even then, it landed at the 11 yard line. No, Britton took the reins and let 'er buck. He finished with a 45.4 gross average, a Net of 40.9, put 3 Inside the 20 and forced Hester to call for 4 Fair Catches. Hester had two opportunities and ended up with 36 yards, one a 26-yard return to the Denver 42 that set up the Bears touchdown. I saw 2 pairs of Bronco players get tangled with one another on that return, leaving 7 guys to take down Hester. It was a directional kick and the coverage unit was pinching in. They had it covered, but losing four players against a home run return threat like Hester and I believe the Broncos were fortunate to keep him from scoring.
Quan Cosby will get the final Horseshoe of the week. The Broncos return man had a pretty good day against a number one ranked Bears Unit that was only allowing 3.3 yards per return. Quan returned 8 punts at a 9.1 yard clip. Partner that with Britton Colquitt's brilliant punting performance and it is easy to see why the field position battle is so important to Broncos head coach John Fox. This season, Cosby has 13 kick returns with a 29.7 average. His longest went for 63 yards and all 13 have been at least 20 yards with 2 going for more than 40 yards. Quan has also returned 26 Punts for an average of 10.3 yards, a long of 30 and 3 for at least 20 yards, which puts him around 10th in the NFL among players with at least 25 punt returns.
That wraps it up for this week as we move toward the matchup with the New England Patriots on Sunday. And as our young quarterback stated after the game this week, "It's not Tebow Time, It's Broncos Time."