Good morning, #BroncosCountry –
Happy victory Monday! There's nothing better than the day after a win and then realizing the Broncos are 4-0! The Broncos are back at it today and so are we, so here are three things to get caught up on starting with winner of Sunday's game ball:
1. Ward named MMQB Defensive Player of the Week
Safety T.J. Ward was all over the field on Sunday. Not only did Ward tally two sacks but also forced the fumble that sealed Denver's win over the Vikings, and he added six tackles and a batted-down pass.
MMQB's Peter King took notice of Ward's prowess on the field and in his list of Defensive Players of the Week, he put Ward right at the top.
*A great pass rush needs not just a speedy front seven but also the ability of players in the secondary to make the occasional impactful blitz. That's one of the reasons GM John Elway imported Ward from Cleveland a year and a half ago, and it really showed at the key moment of Sunday's 23-20 survival test at home against Minnesota. With the Vikings driving at their 47 with 35 seconds to go and down a field goal, Ward sprinted in from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's right and strip-sacked the quarterback, forcing the ball to go bounding away into the hands of Von Miller. That was Ward's second sack of the day—the Broncos had seven, and lead the NFL with 18—and he added six tackles and a batted pass. *
OLB DeMarcus Ware was also picked as the only non-quarterback for King's 'First Quarter MVP Ballot', so make sure to read the rest of his roundup here.
2. Broncos celebrate win postgame
Here are our favorite Instagram posts after Sunday's win over Minnesota.
Evan Mathis' daughter is on hand in case anyone gets a little rowdy
David Bruton Jr. and his parents celebrate the Broncos' win with dinner
Honorable mention: The Bachelorette's JJ Lane and the Bachelor's Tenley Molzahn got a picture with Demaryius Thomas