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Broncos 17, Chargers 3: Game Balls for that defense and the Broncos' Brock Osweiler

The Denver Broncos dominated the San Diego Chargers Sunday. Naturally, there were several worthy candidates for Game Balls consideration in a total team win.

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When the Denver Broncos win, the Mile High Report Staff gives out Game Balls! First, it's worth noting who got the actual Game Ball this week - none other than Denver's defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

We've given Wade a handful of game balls this season, and he's certainly deserving of that one. Here are some more game balls, these to the players.

Malik Jackson

Malik Jackson was a bad, bad man against the Chargers Sunday. Probably the Broncos' most underrated player over the past several seasons, Jackson was his usually solid self against the run; his additional impact was felt in the passing game as he harassed Philip Rivers all game long. He had three QB hits, according to ESPN, and also pressured Philip Rivers into his game-changing pick-six in the first quarter. Add more than one pass batted at the line of scrimmage and you have a remarkable day from Jackson: all he needed was an actual sack to complete a defensive lineman hat trick, but Von Miller was too busy getting all of those. Speaking of Von.... - Monty

Von Miller

Von Miller gets my game ball. For the game he was credited with 4 tackles (all solo), 2 sacks, 4 QB hits, 1 PD and 1 forced fumble. Von spent more time in the Chargers backfield than Melvin Gordon. Von was in Phillip River's face literally and figuratively for almost the entire game. This, despite being double- and sometimes triple-teamed. Von also gets points for some nice new sack-dance move. - Joe Mahoney

Darian Stewart

Those of you who have read my stuff for a few years here know that every off season I have pounded the table for one thing on our defense: a decent free safety.  I'm here to tell you that Darian Stewart is more than just a decent free safety. He's probably the best move the team made this off season in retrospect. My favorite thing about him is that he's very sharp about understanding reads on what the offense is doing and puts himself in place to defend the end zone while having an impact on the game. He tackles well, he has the jets to get to the ball, he takes great angles, and he defends the pass very well. In San Diego he defended 2 passes, recovered a fumble, and more importantly helped take away the deep patterns constantly from Rivers.  Stewart gets my game ball this week and a very proud Mile High Salute as well. - Sadaraine

Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas was disgusted with his play against the New England Patriots last week and had vowed that he'd be making up for against the San Diego Chargers. Make up for it he did. Thomas was consistently open, making two huge plays on the opening drive to get the Denver Broncos up early. The touchdown catch was the obvious, but it was the play before where he completely fooled the Chargers defender for a big play down inside the five yard line.

You could tell he was poised to have a monster game, but after Gary Kubiak's scripted plays ran dry, Brock Osweiler began to have problems seeing the field. Thomas would have one more big ankle-biting catch later in the game, but with the quarterback unable to find the open receiver Thomas' game faded as well. He finished with 6 catches for 61 yards and touchdown, which is good enough for my game ball given how the game went after that first drive. - Tim Lynch

David Bruton

This past week was a very good one for David Bruton, Jr., who was named the starting strong safety to fill in for an injured T.J. Ward while also being chosen as the Broncos' nominee for the prestigious NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award. The special teams ace who has consistently rotated into Denver's No Fly Zone capped off his big week with a solid performance in San Diego. Leading the Broncos' defense in tackles with 9 solo and 3 combined, the more important stat was what (who) he shut down - Antonio Gates. The tight end (and oft-favorite of Philip Rivers) caught 6 of his 9 targets for just 50 yards, Gates' second-lowest yardage production all year. Like Von said of his teammate, "David Bruton Jr. is playing out of his mind right now." - Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann

Brock Osweiler

Brock Osweiller played a very "Trent Dilfer" type of game. He was a game manager, limiting big plays, but limiting mistakes that could put the game out of balance. So why does Trent-Dilfer-type play get a game ball? Because, this team is either Oz's to run with, or Peyton needs to be noticing that if you just stop hurting the team, then a 14-point victory is the bare minimum that this team is capable of.  The offense scored an opening drive touchdown, something that the pre-Brock Broncos failed to do in nine tries this season. As Owen Daniels said postgame, this job is Brock's to lose. - Big Pete

Who gets your Week 13 Game Ball, Broncos Country?