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Mile High Morning: Remembering some of the Broncos' best games in their alternate blue jerseys


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As the Broncos have hinted on social media, it's just about time for the team to don its blue alternate uniforms for the first time this season.

With the blue top and white pants, the Broncos will complete a retro uniform look fitting for Alumni Weekend. Since making the blue jerseys an alternate look beginning with the 2012 season, the team has played several memorable games in blue.

As we hope for yet another great win in these blue threads, here's a quick look back at some of the Broncos' best wins in them:

2013: Broncos 51, Cowboys 48

In one of the best games of the Peyton Manning era, The Sheriff went toe-to-toe with Tony Romo as two explosive offenses traded scoring drives almost at will. The two star quarterbacks combined for 10 touchdowns and more than 900 passing yards. But Denver's historic offense's most memorable play of the day was one of its shortest: a one-yard touchdown run by Manning on a naked bootleg that fooled the entire defense. As if all that wasn't enough, the nail-biter went down to the final seconds as Matt Prater hit the game-winning field goal as time expired. 

2014: Broncos 42, 49ers 17

This game was not nearly as exciting, but it featured Manning making league history. As Manning approached the all-time passing touchdown record set by Brett Favre, fans, media and players alike kept their eyes on his climbing total. Late in the first quarter, Manning tied Favre, and then a quarter later, he broke it with an eight-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas. After the play, Manning's receivers played keep-away with the record-setting ball — a fun moment emblematic of the whole day's celebration of an all-time great.

2015: Broncos 29, Packers 10

If there was one game during the Broncos' 2015 regular season that proved the team's championship caliber, it had to be this one. With both teams riding a 6-0 start to the season, the game was hyped as a potential Super Bowl preview with two of the game's best quarterbacks of all time going head to head on prime time on "Sunday Night Football." But with a dominant performance by Denver's defense — holding Aaron Rodgers to just 77 passing yards — and a great showing on offense, the Broncos proved to be in a class of their own. A championship would follow about three months later in Super Bowl 50 when the Broncos fulfilled the potential they showed in this game.

2019: Broncos 16, Titans 0

With dozens of alumni on hand for the team's Fantennial Weekend celebrating the Broncos Top 100 Team in honor of the NFL's centennial season, the Broncos put on a show that made them proud — especially the members of the "Orange Crush" defense that were on hand. Denver's defense stifled Tennessee for all 60 minutes, especially on the ground, as All-Pro running back Derrick Henry mustered just 28 yards on 15 carries.

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Running back Javonte Williams continues to impress in his rookie season, racking up 86 yards on 11 carries in Sunday's game vs. Pittsburgh. 

 Through five weeks, Williams has earned the second-highest grade of any rookie RB from Pro Football Focus. Williams has an overall grade of 70.3 from PFF through Week 5.

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"Williams continues to be a nightmare to bring to the ground," PFF's Ben Linsey wrote.

 Williams continues to prove that his Lil' Pinball moniker is well-earned, as he demonstrates his ability to break tackles and rack up yards after contact week in and week out.

 "He forced two missed tackles on his eight carries [on Sunday], and he has now forced 19 missed tackles on 54 total carries this year," Linsey wrote.

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