On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Jan. 27, 2018 12:30 PM MST Senior Bowl Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.
  • Tue., Feb. 27, 2018 12:00 AM MST NFL Scouting Combine begins Feb. 27-March 5: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Mon., Mar. 12, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Clubs may negotiate with unrestricted free agents March 12-14: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2017 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14.
  • Wed., Mar. 14, 2018 2:00 PM MDT 2018 league year and free agency period begin

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2018 on all players who have option clauses in their 2017 contracts.

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2017 contracts who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit.

    Top 51 begins. All clubs must be under the 2018 salary cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    All 2017 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The 2018 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The first day of the 2018 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

    The first day of the 2018 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

    Trading period for 2018 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2017 contracts.

  • Sun., Mar. 25, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Annual League Meetings begin March 25-28: Annual League Meetings, Orlando, Florida.
  • Mon., Apr. 16, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs April 16: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
  • Thu., Apr. 26, 2018 6:00 PM MDT 2018 NFL Draft begins April 26-28: 2018 NFL Draft, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX.
Print
RSS

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?