After dropping two games in ugly fashion, Head Coach Sean Payton and the Denver Broncos made the move to bench Russell Wilson and roll with Jarrett Stidham to try to spark the offense. I wouldn’t exactly call the offense sparked on Sunday, but they came out with a 16-9 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers to move back to .500 on the season.
The game was more of a defensive battle and one that didn’t feature a whole lot of big plays, so our game balls list is rather short this week. I am sure the New Year’s Eve celebration played a part in that as well.
Here are all of our Mile High Report staff’s game balls for this one.
This might be controversial, but after the week of ‘drama’ around Russell Wilson’s benching I fully expected some additional game day B.S. Instead, Wilson was a team captain who was on the field for the coin toss and was a consummate teammate and pro through the game. It’s moments where the chips are down you find out about ones true character and Wilson’s is definitely a high character guy. It sucks that it didn’t work out in Denver, but I’ll be rooting for him where ever he lands — unless its with a team I hate. - Tim Lynch
Lil’Jordan Humphrey gets my game ball for one of the highest-effort plays I’ve seen from a Denver Bronco all season long. He caught a nice crossing route over the middle that he turned into a 54-yard touchdown replete with a spin move, broken tackles, and a last-second dive to hit pay-dirt.
Jarrett Stidham finds big Lil'Jordan Humphrey for a 54-yard touchdown to give the Broncos a 10-3 leadpic.twitter.com/F8g21Ukv79— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) December 31, 2023
The Broncos were missing their big play WRs in Courtland Sutton and Marvin Mimms, Jr. Humphrey’s play helped make up for it. - Sadaraine
The Broncos offense struggled to put up points even with the change at quarterback, but Vance Joseph’s defense held Easton Stick and the Chargers to only 9 points. Their third-down stops were crucial and they were able to shut down most every facet of their offense. I give Joseph a lot of credit for turning this defense around the second half of the season and look forward to seeing how they perform next year with a talent infusion on that side of the ball. - Chris Hart
Stidham, despite playing without the 1st receivers and not been that accurate on his throws, he was good enough to beat a bad team! - Ivan Talavera