Phew! It’s been so long since we’ve had a post about game balls that I almost forgot to flip this coin.
With two days remaining in October, the Denver Broncos got their first victory this month. They participated in all matches, but failed. This is mainly due to the complete inefficiency and incompetence of the attack in the first seven games. We saw a lot of that inefficiency again in this game, with three outs galore, but when the offense was needed most…they delivered!
Here are our match points for the Broncos’ 21-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in London this week.
I give my game ball to Dre’Mont Jones. When the Broncos drafted Jones in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, they couldn’t have known that he would become one of the best inside passers in the NFL. You can’t overstate the importance of a consistent inside pass rush in the NFL and Jones is a big reason why that defense is as good as it’s been this season. It’s so important that Bradley Chubb be traded before NFL trade deadline likely allows Denver to extend Jones to a long-term deal. -Tim Lynch
Dre’Mont Jones had a great day today.
If the Broncos trade Bradley Chubb, it allows them to give Jones a big deal. Few inside D-line players can be so disruptive. It reminds me of Jurrell Casey, who was dominant for the Titans in the 2010s.
— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) October 30, 2022
Russell Wilson has looked washed out for much of the season. He looked tough to start the game against the Jags. It was a bit of the status quo in the first half, but for the first time this season, Wilson orchestrated a TD drive in the third quarter. He seemed to be in tune with Jeudy, Hamler and Dulcich. He used his leg a few times to advance the discs. In the second half, he looked like the Russell Wilson we all thought we had. Last practice, he blasted his way across the line to win 4th and 1 to ice it. You have to start somewhere. What better place than London. -Adam Malnati
One of the brightest lights of the season on this Broncos list is Greg Dulcich. It looks like a home run from a draft pick. Coming out of halftime, he was the centerpiece of the team’s 2nd TD drive with 3 big catches to cover the vast majority of yards on the drive. He has speed, hands, understands how the tight road tree works and executes those roads at a high level. -Sadaraine
The Broncos’ running game continued to struggle and a quick look at the box score doesn’t scream Murray’s success, but he did have some big runs late in the game. Often encountered on or behind the line of scrimmage, many of his 46 rushing yards came after contact. With his winning touchdown run, Murray became the first player to score a touchdown in London for two different teams in the same season. It wasn’t necessarily pretty, but he picked up some tough yards that Denver desperately needed. – Chad Worker
KJ Hamler had a big hit on the final drive of the game with the game of the game on a deep ball from Wilson, and also got involved in the run game with a sweep throw. Every week I come back from watching Hamler wondering why he doesn’t touch the ball more. I think after today the Broncos will try to involve him more in the offense. He was a difference maker today. – Jeff Essare
KJ Hamler is averaging 23.6 yards per catch this season and 11.5 yards per carry so far this year.
He has 188 yards on just nine touches in eight games.
OBTAIN. HIM. THE. BALL. AFTER.
— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) October 30, 2022
He hasn’t been the best offensive lineman this season and has been a real liability at times. But when center Lloyd Cushenberry was injured, not only did Glasgow respond admirably, but the offensive line seemed to improve dramatically overall. Give credit where it’s due, and Glasgow did their part to keep the offense moving. -Nick Burch
K’Waun Williams, like the other defensive free agents Denver signed this offseason, has played extremely well. Williams also did it with a cast on his left arm after suffering ligament damage. Williams sealed the game for the Broncos with the late interception, but he looked like one of the best, if not THE best, all-day fielder for the Broncos. His two passes he interrupted were a thing of beauty, and he played the peak run perfectly and was called for a BS penalty when he took an OT nearly twice his weight (and won). -Joe Mahoney
Jerry Jeudy should get a play ball. Six catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. During the game, he really helped our attack find a spark. And after that touchdown, the offense slowly started to click. Courtland Sutton had a really bad game, but Jerry Jeudy stepped in and was massive for that offense. – Tanner Watts
For a Jaguars “home game”, there were many more Broncos fans at Wembley Stadium. I remain blown away by how Broncos Country took over London on Sunday. I don’t know if it contributed to the win but the fact the Broncos fans made it strong every fan should be proud of the fanbase that showed up for their team and cheered them on to win . – Ian St. Clair