Posted Tue Oct 13th by Monty
The award nods keep filing in for the 5-0 Broncos. This week, Kyle Orton is up for the FedEx Air Player of the Week Award, while Knowshon Moreno is up for the Pepsi Rookie of the Week Award.
Moreno has been nominated in three straight weeks, winning last week. This is Orton’s first 2009 nomination.
Orton completed 35 of 48 throws for 330 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception (Hail Mary attempt) in the Broncos’ 20 – 17 win over the New England Patriots. Orton drove the Broncos to the tying touchdown in the last 10 minutes of the fourth quarter and to the winning field goal on the first drive of overtime. Click here to vote for Orton!
Moreno made his first career start rushing 21 times for 88 and catching four passes for 36 yards for 124 yards from scrimmage in Denver’s 20-17 overtime win against the New England Patriots. Click here to vote for Knowshon!
“But, BroncoTalk, I’m a discerning voter and am not convinced. Really sell me.” Fine. Check out the plethora of reasons to vote for these two Broncos, after the jump.
- Orton’s two touchdown passes culminated drives that covered 98 yards (12 plays) and 90 yards (10 plays). He was 6-of-10 for 76 yards on Denver’s 98-yard touchdown drive (11-yd. TD pass to Brandon Marshall) that tied the game at 17 with 5:21 remaining.
- In overtime, he led the Broncos 58 yards on 11 plays to set up a game-winning field goal that improved Denver’s record to 5-0 for the first time in 11 seasons.
- His 35 completions tied for the third-highest single-game total in the NFL this year, and his 330 passing yards were the most by a winning AFC passer for Week 5.
- Orton’s 72.9 percent completion percentage was a career high and marked the third-best single-game mark in the NFL this year (min. 45 att.).
- Orton’s effort against the Patriots represented the fourth time this year he led a touchdown drive of 67 yards or more in the fourth quarter. It also marked the third time this season he led a game-winning drive (second consecutive week).
- His 124 yards from scrimmage led all NFL rookie running backs (second among all league rookies for the week / 8th in NFL among all players) and were a career high.
- The running back led all NFL rookies with 88 rushing yards, which marked the sixth-highest total in the league for Week 5.
- Moreno registered four runs of at least 10 yards that led all NFL rookies and tied for the second most in the league for the week.
- He carried Denver’s entire rushing workload in the first half (10 carries for 51 yds., 5.1 avg.) and had Denver’s first 14 rushes of the game.
- He had a 27-yard reception on Denver’s fourth-quarter game-tying touchdown drive and had three rushes for 20 yards to set up Denver’s game-winning field goal in overtime.