The Denver Broncos have started a new, more better kind of streak. A winning streak! Their 25-13 victory over the Indianapolis Colts was a heck of a lot more impressive than their shutout win over the New York Jets last week as it involved a much more consistent offensive performance.
For the first time since Week 2, the offense is getting a slew of game balls from our staff. Starting with the man of the hour...
I'm giving Brock Osweiler my game ball this week and a whole bag full of orange and blue love from Broncos Country. THANK YOU for good football, Brock. I hope you stick around next year as you are the only guy to take the field at all this year that has shown any modicum of leadership and actual NFL level quarterback talent. Yes, he did this against what is a fairly poor defense, but the numbers don't lie...dude posted a QBR of 147.7 with several impressive NFL throws downfield that helped this offense look actually dangerous for the first time in a long, long time. - Sadaraine
Hmmm, two straight games of solid quarterback play and the #Broncos have outscored their opponents 48-13 and are 2-0. Coincidence?— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) December 15, 2017
Connor McGovern gets my game ball. Skycam. Love it or hate it, the fancy video game camera angle did one thing against the Colts. It showed McGovern owning the line. There was no way he wouldn't get a game ball, and I am happy to be the one to give it to him. He was incredible in his role at RG. All you had to do was listen to the enamored musings of Mike Tirico to know that he was dominating the line. Or you could look at C.J. Anderson's stats. They paint a pretty nice picture. It feels good to write that about an offensive line that has spent a couple seasons being less than good most of the time. As Ian St. Clair mentioned on the MHR Radio postgame recap, the Broncos may have solved their issues at guard for next year. McGovern at RG, and move Ron Leary back to his natural position at LG, giving Garett Bolles a veteran presence to help him out. - Adam Malnati
Who better to mention after McGovern than the guy he helped pave the way for? It may have been Booker with the incredible leap, but it was the C.J. Anderson train that helped the offense rumble into that little-traveled land known as "Consistency". The line gave Anderson some great holes, and he eagerly took advantage of them. Even when they didn't, CJ showed off some great power running to break tackles and gain extra yards. 30 carries for 158 yards is a great night for any running back, and stands as the 3rd highest rushing total of Anderson's career. Honestly, that 5.3 ypc average may be even more impressive considering the longest run of his night went for 16 yards. Though he didn't manage to break off a huge run, Anderson was consistently effective and his running was a major factor in the team's mid-game offensive turnaround. - Taylor Kothe
After rushing for 158 yards against the Colts, Broncos running back C.J. Anderson is on pace for a 980-yard season, oh-so-close to his first 1,000-yard year. Denver will probably try to help him get there. pic.twitter.com/bL3gdc5H5t— Jon Heath (@JonHeathNFL) December 15, 2017
My game ball goes to Adam Gotsis. I know he was facing a depleted Colts' offensive line, but any time a defensive end leads the team in tackles (4 solo, 3 assists) you know he is doing work. Gotsis also recorded one QB hit and at least two pressures that I saw to go along with his tackles. One of those pressure was all effort. Brissett had extended a play and it appeared that the rest of the DL had quit on the play, but Adam keep working and forced a throw-away. Those are the kind of effort plays that seemed to be missing during our losing streak. - Joe Mahoney
Cody Latimer is playing himself into a contract when he becomes a free agent in March. He has been coming on strong this season making a good case to come back next season as the Broncos #3 wide receiver behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. This touchdown catch was a thing of beauty and was a perfect throw from Osweiler. - Tim Lynch