DENVER – The Broncos’ comfortable fourth-quarter lead made the Browns one-dimensional.
With Cleveland forced into obvious passing situations, Denver could have played it safe and emphasized preventing the deep ball. Instead, the Broncos’ pass rushers set their sights on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, who entered the game in the third quarter in relief of injured starter Brandon Weeden. The attacking mentality paid dividends, as Denver was able to increase its sack total from three to six sacks in the game’s final quarter.
“It gets nasty at the end of the game, especially when it is a clean-up effort,” linebacker
“It’s great whenever you have a guy like Elvis on the other side, a savvy veteran who knows how to get there and knows how to get there with a bad attitude,” Miller said. “I learn from him and I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be able to get to this spot right here, right now by myself. Elvis is a huge catalyst involved in my success.”
On the Browns’ final two possessions, McCoy was sacked for a loss of eight yards by defensive end
“You've got him (Miller), Elvis, you've got guys just teeing off on the quarterback out there,” cornerback
Of the team’s six sacks on the evening, it was Woodyard’s finale that arguably featured the biggest collision. Racing in untouched from his linebacker position, he buried an unsuspecting McCoy to turn the ball back over to the Denver offense for the final time.
“Just a good call, I saw him right there, he was left alone and I had to take a chance,” Woodyard said.
Another factor in the success of the team’s pass rush was solid coverage on the back end, which has helped Denver accumulate 48 sacks on the year.
“We have a great secondary, I’ve said that all season long,” Miller said. “(Cornerback)