Originally written on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 11/10/14

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 3: Lance Ball #27 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball away from the defense of Langston Moore #97 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the preseason game on August 3, 2009 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Broncos 17, Chiefs 10 — a hard-fought, rare win in Arrowhead Stadium is worth a lot of game balls, but we only have a handful to give out. Let’s do that, BTer’s.

Mike McCoy

The emergence of the Broncos’ option offense is a direct result of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy doing what so many thought would be impossible for a professional NFL team: molding an offense to the strengths of quarterback Tim Tebow.

But it wasn’t just the strengths of Tim Tebow that McCoy saw needed emphasizing: the entire offense was due with an overhaul after they surrendered 13 sacks in Tebow’s first two starts. Enter the option, and a run-play ratio of 55:8. The players have bought in.

“It’s something we saw,” said running back Lance Ball. “We were real confident in our running game, with me, Willis, Knowshon, Tim (Tebow), we were all confident. They were kind of on their heels and didn’t know what to expect. We just stayed with it and kept on punching.”

I don’t think the Broncos have any illusions of running the read option to the Super Bowl. I think they know NFL defenses will catch up with this — starting this Thursday against the New York Jets. But, on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t stop it. The Kansas City Chiefs couldn’t. Kudos to McCoy and John Fox for putting together a winning gameplan. – Monty

Chris Harris

I’ve been in love with this kid from the Miami game on. Nothing fancy this week, just 8 solid tackles coming out of a UDFA. The art of tackling is lost in the NFL, especially in the secondary. I’ve stated it before, Harris keeps 1st level successes by the offense at the 1st level. Watch out Champ, the rookie is gunning for your cornerback tackling title. – Josh Temple

Von Miller

This rookie is the real deal. 4 tackles and 3 assists, and 1.5 sacks…but most importantly, he hit Cassel and disrupted throws at least half a dozen more times. Cassel is going to have nightmares about Von Miller after this game; he couldn’t do anything without doing it with our #2 draft pick threatening to hit him, or just flat out hitting him. After 9 games, he’s at 8 sacks. With 7 games left, if he keeps up the current pace he should hit 16 sacks. That would be special, indeed, for any player, let alone a rookie. At this time Von Miller is the front runner for Defensive Rookie of the Year. – E. Halsey Miles

Ryan Clady

No sacks allowed, no holding penalties, no penalties period. Ryan had a very solid day against his nemesis Tamba Hali. This is also a bigger bravo for the entire offensive line. Hali is the one player Clady has always struggled against and other than one good tackle we didn’t hear a peep. (Editor’s note: Clady was replaced by Chris Clark late in the game; hopefully the big guy is healthy because he was definitely having a bounce-back game to that point.) – Josh Temple

Britton Colquitt

It was a battle of the Colquitts on Sunday and Britton did his best to make sure Matt Cassell was starting from inside his own twenty as often as possible. If anyone on the Broncos deserves to go to the Pro Bowl this year, it’s Britton. – Mr. East

The Offensive Line

The offensive line as a unit gets a most deserved game ball.

Honorable Mentions:

Lance Ball Ball balled out in the absence of McGahee and Moreno.

Ryan McBean McBean had a solid game and made a number of plays.

Brodrick Bunkley See notes on McBean, above. The defensive line has really become a surprising strength at times for the Broncos.

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