App StoreGoogle Play App
@pfspotFacebookGoogle+myspaceLinkedIn

Jump to content

  • Log in with Facebook Log in with Twitter Log In with Google      Sign In   
  • Create Account

Posted Image


Denver Broncos: Week 13 Game Balls



The 10-2 Denver Broncos, led by Peyton Manning, went on the road and defeated the 9-3 Kansas City Chiefs 35-28 in front of a raucous Arrowhead Stadium crowd. They are now solely in 1st place in the AFC West and control their own destiny to lock down the #1 seed in the AFC.

Photo Credit: DenverBroncos.com
The Denver Broncos did it. On the road, they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs to close out a clean 2-0 sweep of their division rival. It was a very impressive win. As a Bronco, Peyton Manning is 10-0 in divisional play.

It's not easy to win in Arrowhead Stadium. Especially when the Chiefs field a good team, like they have this year. It is in fact the loudest stadium in the NFL.

But that's not what makes this win so sweet. The fact that the Broncos had to overcome the loss of Julius Thomas, Derek Wolfe, Rahim Moore, and Kevin Vickerson in order to win this game, also makes this an impressive win.

The Chiefs were without starting outside linebacker and DPOY candidate, Justin Houston. But the Broncos were missing several starters on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball and they still were able to pull out the win.

The fact that they overcame a 21-7 1st half deficit is also cause to feel good about where the Broncos are as a team right now. Alex Smith and the Chiefs were moving the ball with ease in the 1st half, gashing the depleted Broncos' defense. Yet the Broncos' defense responded in the 2nd half.

Smith looked like a different player than he did early on this season. He was throwing the ball with precision and confidence. He played amazingly well, despite his goal line interception on their opening drive.

But Smith and company also got a boost from Knile Davis when he returned a 2nd quarter kickoff 108 yards for a TD.

Add to that the fact that Peyton Manning threw 2 INTs in the 1st half. The Broncos overcame some true adversity. On the road. The Kansas City Chiefs are a very good football team.

At 10-2, the Broncos are not only the sole possessors of 1st place in the AFC West, but also the #1 seed in the AFC. Over the next 4 weeks, they'll face the Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers at home and then they'll go on the road to play the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders.

I see 4 wins during that stretch, which means that the Broncos will likely finish the season at 14-2 and would then have the opportunity to host 2 playoff games. Win those and they'd make it to the Super Bowl in New York.

When you consider all of the adversity the Broncos have had to overcome this season, with the Elvis Dumervil faxgate fiasco, the D.U.I incidents of Matt Russell and Tom Heckart, the Von Miller suspension, losing Ryan Clady and Champ Bailey for most of the season, and then to top it off, losing head coach, John Fox, for a time, it really would be a remarkable feat to end up 14-2 and the #1 seed.

A lot of that credit goes to Peyton Manning obviously. But we can't discount the play of guys like Knowshon Moreno, Shaun Phillips, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Danny Trevathan, Julius Thomas, Chris Clark, Manny Ramirez, and the list goes on.

As V.P. of Football Operations, John Elway has accomplished an immensely difficult feat. Kudos to him.

And now the Broncos get their venerable head coach back for the last quarter of the season and a hopefully successful playoff run.

Game Ball: Montee Ball, running back

What a truly breakout performance by the rookie runner. He was benched last week for fumbling for the 3rd time this season and instead of getting down in the doldrums and losing his confidence, he came out and ripped off 117 yards on 13 carries. That's 9 YPC! He was a huge factor in Manning being able to torch the Chiefs' defense deep with play-action. If the young RB can continue to improve, he and Moreno will make a dangerous postseason duo.

Game Ball: Peyton Manning, quarterback.

Manning looked a little off to start the game. As mentioned above, he threw two INTs early, but he stormed back, throwing for 403 yards and 5 TDs. Manning tied his own personal Chiefs franchise record with those 5 TDs. No visiting QB has ever thrown for more TDs than that in Arrowhead. He also broke the Broncos single season TD record (37) that he set in 2012. He now has 41 on the year. 51 TDs is certainly in his sights.

Player of the Game: Eric Decker, wide receiver

Just when you think that Decker might be the odd man out in this offense, he goes off the chain with a big day. And what a day he had. It was a record breaking day for him too, as he broke the Broncos' team receiving TD record with 4. He absolutely owned which ever Chiefs DB lined up against him, whether it was the veteran cover corner, Brandon Flowers, or the talented rookie, Marcus Cooper. His final stat line on the day: 8 receptions, 174 yards, 4 TDs.

You can follow ProFootballSpot on Twitter @pfspot.

And you can follow Chad Jensen @CJ_BroncosPFS for continuing coverage of the Denver Broncos.



15 Comments

Photo
Seth Keysor
Dec 02 2013 10:24 PM

Ball's late run was what sealed the game.  Kid deserves the game ball.

 

At least it was a fun game to watch :)

    • Chad Jensen and Lucas Polglaze like this
Photo
Chad Jensen
Dec 02 2013 10:39 PM

It truly was a great game. Hard fought, sweet sweet victory. 

Photo
Chad Jensen
Dec 02 2013 10:52 PM

But seeing Ball run with the authority and effectiveness that he did yesterday, was amazing. If he can stay in that mode, he and Moreno will make a formidable duo. 

 

Lookin' forward to the postseason. 

 

And barring an epic collapse, ya'll will be there too. Rejoice. 

Photo
Elway4President
Dec 02 2013 10:56 PM
Any word on the health of LT Brandon Albert? That hyper-extension looked gruesome.
    • Chad Jensen and Lucas Polglaze like this
Photo
Chad Jensen
Dec 02 2013 11:11 PM

Any word on the health of LT Brandon Albert? That hyper-extension looked gruesome.

Day to day, from what I read on Twitter. 

Photo
Elway4President
Dec 02 2013 11:27 PM
Good to see Montee and Peyton both have nice bounce-back games. Knowshon didn't have much running room on the ground, but the fact that they stuck to it really opened up the play-action. I wonder what Peyton's stats were like off of play-action. Because it seemed to me that everytime we faked the run, Peyton picked the D apart like a savory turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
    • Chad Jensen and Lucas Polglaze like this
Photo
Chad Jensen
Dec 02 2013 11:39 PM

As frustrating as it can sometimes be to watch, running it on 1st down consistently opens up play-action. 

 

I was so stoked to see PFM challenging the Chiefs deep. Been a while since last we saw that successfully. 

Photo
Lucas Polglaze
Dec 03 2013 05:07 PM

Ball's late run was what sealed the game.  Kid deserves the game ball.

 

I couldn't watch the game (got scheduled for a shift at work), so this is box score scouting, but...Eric Decker had a day for the ages. He really did.

 

From what I hear, he was matched up against Marcus Cooper for a lot of the day. Is Cooper not the real deal after all? Genuine question, I didn't see the game...

    • Chad Jensen likes this
Photo
Jake Arthur
Dec 03 2013 05:37 PM
Wanna swap Montee Ball for Trent Richardson?!
Photo
Lucas Polglaze
Dec 03 2013 05:57 PM

Wanna swap Montee Ball for Trent Richardson?!


No thanks. But thanks for playing.

Montee HAS had some fumbling issues, which have manifested themselves at the worst-possible times.
Photo
Jake Arthur
Dec 03 2013 06:01 PM

No thanks. But thanks for playing.

Montee HAS had some fumbling issues, which have manifested themselves at the worst-possible times.

I played the "WHAT IF THE COLTS DRAFTED MONTEE BALL AND/OR JUSTIN BLACKMON?!" game for both of their last two years of school haha
Photo
Ryan Sesler
Dec 03 2013 06:03 PM

I couldn't watch the game (got scheduled for a shift at work), so this is box score scouting, but...Eric Decker had a day for the ages. He really did.

From what I hear, he was matched up against Marcus Cooper for a lot of the day. Is Cooper not the real deal after all? Genuine question, I didn't see the game...


Cooper will be fine. As well as he played to start the year it's easy to forget he was a 7th rounder who was cut and signed. And he's been torched by one of the best QBs ever. Give him time/slack, I still think hell be really good for many years. Safety play is/was awful.
Photo
Chad Jensen
Dec 03 2013 07:31 PM

Wanna swap Montee Ball for Trent Richardson?!

Hell no!

    • Jake Arthur likes this
Photo
Chad Jensen
Dec 03 2013 07:33 PM

Cooper will be fine. As well as he played to start the year it's easy to forget he was a 7th rounder who was cut and signed. And he's been torched by one of the best QBs ever. Give him time/slack, I still think hell be really good for many years. Safety play is/was awful.

I've said many many times, even the best DBs get beat. Not saying necessarily that Cooper is one of the best, but CB is one of the most difficult positions in the NFL. It's impossible to win 100% of the time. 

 

Look at Champ Bailey's 2012 season. Homeboy essentially shut down every WR that lined up across from him all season long. Then he got burnt on 2 deep plays in the Playoffs and everyone was shouting from the rooftops that he's lost it. SMH. 

Photo
BroncosUp2391
Dec 03 2013 07:42 PM

Wanna swap Montee Ball for Trent Richardson?!

sure, throw in that Luck guy too, and we got a deal.

 

:lol:

    • Chad Jensen and Lucas Polglaze like this

NFL Draft




  NFL Rumors & News >



 
x

Welcome!

PRO FOOTBALL SPOT is an online community of NFL fans that has established a platform to provide and discuss quality football information.




We would be thrilled to have you join our community and begin contributing to our conversations.


In addition to discussing and debating topics with other members, you will also be able to take part in our pick'em and fantasy leagues, vote on the player of the week, and much more.


It only takes a few seconds to create a FREE account. We'd love to get to know you.


(And yes, if you register, this annoying popup will never show up again.)




Register Today! close