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When the Denver Broncos win (and win they did), the MHR Staff gives out Game Balls.

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Alright, ladies and gents - Broncos 41, Raiders 17. Who gets your excellent, back-on-the-winning-track game ball? Go.

RB C.J. Anderson

C.J. Anderson showed a whole lot of what we saw last year in the preseason: great burst, the ability to make defenders miss, and good vision to find the creases that are open. When Ronnie Hillman got shook up early I was worried about what we were going to do at RB. It didn't take long for C.J. to put my worries at ease.  He almost ran for 100 yards on a day where we didn't even need to lean on the running game too terribly much. His ability to get us chunks of yards early definitely opened up the offense as the game went on. - Sadaraine

CB Bradley Roby

Although Bradley Roby's game stats today may not be flashy enough for a surge in the Rookie of the Year contest, I credit him with 35 of the Broncos points, which most certainly earns him a game ball. Prior to Roby's interception just before the half, the Broncos' sputtering offense had produced just two field goals. Following the rookie's momentum-changing INT, the Broncos scored two touchdowns in three and a half minutes, killing any Raider spirit by leading 20-10 at half instead of being down 10-6. Manning then sprang to life in the second half, and Denver would score another 21 unanswered points.  Thank you, Roby. - Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann

C Will Montgomery

Stepping in at center on the road after our -line had been abused the week before, Montgomery played well. I didn't see any obvious lapses and I saw him make some really nice switches on d-line twists. He also made some second level blocks to spring C.J. Anderson on two runs.  His performance may not have been flashy, but it was effective. Montgomery played better this week than Manny played in the past two weeks. - Joseph Mahoney

WR Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas continued his dominance of the 2014 season, although it was overlooked by many. Thomas amassed 108 yards receiving on a team-high 11 receptions, yet it was almost overlooked because of everything else that occurred in the game. With another 100-yard game, Demaryius extended his streak of such games to six, adding to the team record that he already held. Thomas has been downright dominant this season, and deserves to be recognized for some of the key receptions he made in this game, where he made five catches that picked up first downs, two of which were on third down plays. What Demaryius did in this game is becoming the norm for him, which makes it not seem so special to Broncos fans; however, what the Broncos receiver is doing is incredibly impressive, and should not be undervalued.

The Broncos defense

After getting humiliated in New England last week, the defensive unit bounced back to their dominating ways with their best defensive performance of the season. It was their third best game in terms of yards, holding the Oakland Raiders to just 222 in the game and their second best with 8 three and outs. What put them over the top and into best performance of the season was their three turnovers on third down on Sunday. After getting murdered on third downs by Tom Brady, the Broncos defensive unit responded by murdering Derek Carr and the Raiders on third down this week. This is the kind of turnaround you want to see from a legitimate championship defense after a rough game. I loved every minute of it. My game ball goes to them! - Tim Lynch

QB Peyton Manning

Sure, he got off to a slow start, but then he scored 35 unanswered points in an 18-minute period. - Monty

QB Brock Osweiler

Brock went 2/5 for 15 yards with some of the most incredible incomplete passes that have been seen this NFL season. His indecisiveness against the soon to be 0-9 Oakland Raiders was damn near poetic. His prolific ability nearly led to three first downs on four possessions in the short fourth quarter. With the Raiders defense stacking the box for run, Osweiler stuck to his guns, handing off to the dynamic C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson tandem who would eventually get two first downs in the same possession. 

An astute football fan may point out that Osweiler was only in the game to drain the clock, but they would be proven incorrect, with a look back as Osweiler took a deep, yet incomplete shot at the end zone that fell to the ground merely due to Bubba Caldwell's incompetence. 

Osweiler proved that the same thing that Jim Sorgi and Curtis Painter already knew, after three years under the tutelage of Peyton Manning you are ready to blaze a path across the NFL. - Ian Henson

JUST KIDDING DON'T USE THAT (Ed: I used it).

LB Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall, whether he is filling in for Danny Trevathan, Nate Irving or if he is just playing a position that was created for him, he is succeeding. A game after he disappeared, Marshall reappeared, stronger, faster, better. Marshall didn't just lead the team in tackles, he had seven more than any other player on the team. He finished the game with eleven tackles and two assists, he had four tackles on the first Oakland drive and five total tackles in the game for three yards or less. The Raiders would not get a first down on the ground for the entire game. - Ian Henson

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