After each win, several of Mile High Report writers give out their game ball to the player or coach most deserving in their eyes. Naturally, we end up with a lot of game balls. It seems that since John Elway came to town we do these game ball posts more often than not!
Here are the men who stood above the rest during the Denver Broncos 22-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
I'll be completely frank and say that I hadn't liked anything I had seen from Brock Osweiler in his spotty game action over the last few years, however, tonight he made me into a bit of a believer. His final stat line was 15/20 for 151 yards and a super slick touchdown pass to Virgil Green through the heart of the Seattle Seahawks defense.
If there was one thing I'd like to see him work on it would be the intermediate to long passes. He didn't complete a pass longer than 19 yards, but made excellent decisions all night long. Throwing the ball away in a couple situations showed poise and maturity. It certainly gave me a bit more confidence in Osweiler leading this franchise once Peyton Manning decides to hang up those cleats.
It's certainly good to be a Broncos fan today. - Tim Lynch
Von Miller was only in for a short while in our first preseason game, but in that short time he absolutely established that when he is on the field, your offense better scheme him out of the play or you are in for a very long day. He blew around the edge looking exactly like he did in his first couple of seasons with the team and absolutely set an example for our defense on how to play. They listened as we were defensively dominating with pressures, sacks, and stops. - Sadaraine
Kenny Anunike was a beast last night. He made plays in the run game, he rushed the quarterback, he hit the quarterback, and he sacked the quarterback.
.@ANU_NIKE91's numbers: 8 total tackles, 1 sack, 2 QB hits. That's a hell of a stat line for a 3 or 5-technique DE.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 15, 2015
If Anunike can continue playing like this it won't be long until he either starts getting a lot of playing time or cracking the starting lineup.
It was nice seeing everything we have heard about Anunike during the offseason translate on to the field. - Scotty Payne
If the game against Seattle was any indication of what Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips can mold the Broncos 2015 defense into the rest of the NFL should take notice. There is no doubt that with under his tutelage, this group of Broncos defenders have the ability to be dominant. Phillips, known for being a players coach, helped call a game where the Seattle offense was held to minimal yardage, first downs and failed to convert on a majority of their third and fourth down situations. Seven different players registered sacks, four fumbles were forced which resulted in two turnovers. It may have only been the first game of the preseason, but the glimpses shown in Friday night's affair have myself and many other Broncos fans excited over the potential of this years defense. - Christopher Hart
McManus is the Broncos best hope of not keeping three kicking specialists on their 53 man roster. McManus has always done better than Connor Barth in kickoffs, but last season McManus was far too inconsistent with field goals to be the Broncos place kicker. On Friday night against the Seahawks McManus nailed three field goals from 23, 44, and 52 yards. If McManus can keep this kind of performance up Barth may end of kicking for another team this season.
And while touchbacks were hard to come by Friday night I say the Broncos kickers intentionally not get touchbacks for the rest of the preseason. Why? So the rest of the Broncos special teams unit can get more practice. Because they clearly need it. Lockette might be a truly special player, but that was just embarrassing. - Amy Richau
Who gets your game ball?