Five Takeaways From The Broncos’ Season Opener

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Sep 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball (28) dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half against the against the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Montee Ball/C.J. Anderson

The Broncos continued their development of a balanced offensive attacked with a concerted effort in getting running back Montee Ball touches Sunday night.

Ball had an up and down game, carrying the rock 23 times for just 67 yards. He showed flashes of the shifty workhorse the Broncos drafted in 2013 and got in a few nice runs. Against a stout defense, Ball pounded away and was able to keep the Colts somewhat honest.

There will be some growing pains in the Wisconsin product’s new starting role, so Bronco fans will need to exercise patience.

At least he was able to add a nifty three-yard touchdown that included a Superman-esque dive.

Ball’s backup C.J. Anderson only had four carries but made the most of all of his chances. 27 yards and a 6.8 yard per carry average later and Anderson should find himself being featured more in the run game when the Broncos play the Kansas City Chiefs next week.