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Top 5 Special-Teams Plays of the First Half

Posted Nov 3, 2013

A rundown of the top 5 special-teams plays from Denver's first eight games.

With the Broncos on their bye week at the midpoint of the 2013 season, DenverBroncos.com is counting down the top 10 offensive, defensive and special-teams plays of the first eight games.

The first two lists looked at the top 10 offensive plays and top 10 defensive plays of the season.

Here's the order we came up with for the top 10 special-teams plays thus far:

5: Matt Prater's game-winning field goal at Dallas
Prater's 28-yard field goal split the uprights as time expired to give Denver a 51-48 win at Dallas in Week 5. The kick was set up by Danny Trevathan's diving interception that earned the top spot on our countdown of the top defensive plays of the year so far, as well as excellent clock management that allowed Prater to attempt the chip shot with just :02 left on the clock.

4: David Bruton's blocked punt vs. Baltimore and fake punt run vs. Jacksonville
The Broncos' special-teams captain earns this spot for a pair of plays he's made thus far. First came a blocked punt against the Ravens that set up a Broncos' touchdown two plays later in the season opener. Then, Bruton accounted for the second-longest play of the game with a 35-yard first-down carry on a fake punt against Jacksonville in Week 6.

3: Trindon Holliday's 105-yard kick return touchdown vs. Philadelphia
Holliday tied his franchise record with a 105-yard kick return touchdown in Denver's Week 4 win. The play gave Denver a 13-3 lead with 5:50 to play in the first quarter. The touchdown was his second of the season and helped propel him to earn the AFC's Special Teams Player of the Month for September.

2: Trindon Holliday's 81-yard punt return touchdown at N.Y. Giants
Holliday recorded his first touchdown of the year as he raced 81 yards for a score against the Giants in Week 2. The touchdown put Denver ahead 38-16 early in the fourth quarter, and the team would go on to earn a 41-23 victory.

1: Steven Johnson's blocked punt scoop and score vs. Philadelphia
The second-year linebacker wasn't accounted for by the Eagles' punt protection and ran straight through the middle of the line unblocked. Johnson then managed to not only block the punt, but also pick it up and return it 17 yards for a touchdown. The play gave Denver a 49-13 lead early in the fourth quarter and the Broncos would end up with a 52-20 victory in Week 4.

Let us know what you think of the list in the comment section below. Did we miss any plays? Were any ranked too high or too low? What would your top 10 list look like?

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