Posted Mon Oct 12th by Monty
Broncos win! Broncos win! Broncos win! Time for another edition of the BT Game Balls. Alright staff, who ya got?!
Josh McDaniels. You get W’s. Those W’s feel good, but what feels even better is what comes after those W’s. The hugs last week, the fist pumping this week, this team believing in each other! Fully believing in each other. Marshall is here, Royal found his way, Scheffler is back, Moreno is in ROY form, the defense is the DEFENSE, and we are the Wild Horses! All because of Coach McDaniels. 5 & Ohh! – J. Kenneth K.
Kyle Orton took the glove off his right hand and, seemingly, the training wheels off the offense. The Broncos quarterback went 35 for 48 (72.9%) for 330 yards, two touchdowns, a meaningless Hail Mary interception and a 96.7 passer rating. More impressive were the game-winning drives. Down seven points, McDaniels put the ball in Orton’s hands at the two-yard line and said, “Go win the game, son.” Orton delivered, then did it again in overtime for good measure. – Kyle
Brandon Marshall. Forget all the controversy surrounding the Pro-Bowl wide receiver. Marshall yielded another solid day of production with two touchdowns in the Broncos 20-14 victory over the New England Patriots. I think it is safe to say that if Marshall keeps out of trouble, the Broncos will have a hard time not offering him a lucrative contract to stay in Denver long-term. Marshall’s presence on the field makes the players around him better as well. He is that good. – Christopher D. Hart
Daniel Graham. Not only did he continue to help defend Orton along the O-line, but he also got some receptions. It comes as no surprise to any in Denver that he has good hands, but it’s always nice to see a guy like that get his number called every once in a while. Also, I’m pretty sure it was Graham that called the coin toss that gave us the ball in OT. :) – Jonathan Douglas
Vonnie Holliday. With two minutes left in a tie ball game, Tom Brady has the ball in his hands at the Patriots‘ 45-yard line. Tom Terrific marches down for the winning score 99 times out of 100 in that situation, but Sunday, Holliday made sure his Week 5 experience was of the 1/100 variety. Holliday made the play of the game that no one is talking about, a sack and forced fumble that halted the Patriots’ drive. Except for a Hail Mary with seven seconds left in the fourth quarter, Tom Brady never touched the ball again. What a great last-minute pickup by Josh McD, and what a great play against an o-line that had shut out the Broncos’ pass rush up to that point — when it counted. – Kyle