Broncos Thrive On Ground With McGahee, Hillman

Willis McGahee runs for a large gain against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field. (Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE)

Willis McGahee is accustomed to taking handoffs, and now he’s becoming very used to taking game ball handoffs.

McGahee ran for 112 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders Sunday. While all eyes were on Darren McFadden as far as the ground game was concerned, McGahee explosively said, ‘Hey, I still play too!’

McGahee practiced with sore ribs all week, but that didn’t matter. He posted his 32nd career 100+ yard game which is the most among any active player.

“Again, a lot of what the running back gets is what the people in front of him do so it goes hand in hand,” John Fox said. “I thought we blocked better, we finished blocks better so your running backs are going to be more productive when you get better blocking.”

It wasn’t just McGahee that was a threat on the ground. In just his second regular season game, rookie Ronnie Hillman ran for 31 yards on 10 carries and caught two balls for 32 yards. The guy can simply get downfield in a hurry, and he pretty much wrote Knowshon Moreno’s ticket out of Denver (Moreno was inactive for Sunday’s game).

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