They Denver Broncos may have had their five-game win stream snapped, but now they have won six of their last seven by whooping the Los Angeles Chargers yesterday. The beating was handed out mostly on defense, but the offense got into the fray plenty to help the team to a 24-7 road win over their AFC West rival.
There were plenty of game balls that could have been handed out and here was our final list of awards for the now 7-6 Broncos!
The edge rushers didn’t get a whole lot of sacks, but they were creating pressure all game long and opened the lanes for cornerbacks and linebackers to shoot through for the sacks the team did pile up. One of the bigger plays of the game came from Baron Browning himself who tipped a pass that was intercepted by Jonathan Cooper. That would setup the Broncos first score of the game. - Tim Lynch
Vance Joeseph deserves an award for the job he’s done in Denver this season. This game especially showed off his capability as a play caller. For the first time in what seems like ages, we saw a defense blitzing from every package and having wild success all game long. What I loved about this particular job by Joeseph was that he never took his foot off the gas. When the game got late and the Chargers starting threatening a comeback, he stayed aggressive and put the game away. - Sadaraine
He had himself arguably his best game of the season today vs. the Chargers. He had multiple chunk plays, multiple powerful runs and had nearly 100 total yards from scrimmage. His big highlight was his first rushing touchdown since December of 2021. His return from a serious knee injury has been impressive. - Scotty Payne
It’s like a weekly tradition. We get to talk about some amazing catch that Courtland Sutton made. This week was no different. It was only 3 catches for 62 yards and a TD, but holy shnikes what a TD.
A 46 yard bomb from Wilson that Sutton snagged out of the air with one hand while the defender tugged on the other. Just another submission for catch of the year. The score put Denver up 17-0, essentially ending the game. - Adam Malnati
The Broncos have gone from 1-5 to now in the playoff hunt with a legitimate shot. And the AFC West is a possibility. It’s a long shot, but the fact Denver is in this position is unreal. And it’s because of Payton. What he’s done to transform this franchise, this season, is a testament to how good he is as a coach. The game plan he had he on Sunday was on point, including the call on the game-sealing TD pass. If the Broncos make the playoffs, it’ll be one of the greatest turnarounds in NFL history. - Ian St. Clair
I think I have a new favorite Bronco, and it’s Ja’Quan McMillian. I love scrappy undrafted cornerbacks who constantly compete and excel. Chris Harris Jr. started that, and I find McMillian is very much in the same mold. The huge stat line he put together against the Chargers is a great example: 5 solo tackles, 2 of them for a loss, 1 pass defense, 2 QB hits, and 1 sack. That’s absolutely killing it, especially for a guy who wasn’t a starter Week 1. And those raw stats barely touch on the excellence of his strip sack of Justin Herbert.
Ja'Quan McMillan is a Pro Bowler. pic.twitter.com/WBjmT6YUqX— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) December 10, 2023
With the game now won, the fact that he went on to recover the ball he stripped and run it in for a would-be touchdown stands out more than the fact that the refs called pretty much all of that awesomeness back. McMillian has flashed so often since taking the field in October that it might be fairer to say that he’s just shining at this point. Have a well earned game ball, #29! - Taylor Kothe
P.J. Locke is having himself a season. The former undrafted safety started the year on IR, but got called up in Week 7 to replace Kareem Jackson, who had been suspended. Locke made the most of his opportunity by helping to seal the Broncos’ win over the Packers with a drive-killing INT. And after today - which featured the young safety getting a strip sack late in the game - Locke became the first safety in Broncos’ history to get at least one sack three straight games. On another day where the defense shined, Locke proved he is deserving of the start even after Jackson returns. - Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann