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The Morning After: Week 4

Posted Oct 3, 2011

Elvis Dumervil made an impactful return to the lineup Sunday; Willis McGahee eclipses the 100-yard rushing mark again.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- For the first time this season -- and the first time since 2009 -- defensive end Elvis Dumervil played a full game. Dumervil, who sat out all of last year with a torn pectoral tendon, was limited in the first game of the season due to injury, and was inactive for the following two matchups.
 
But he was out there Sunday at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers, doing what Broncos fans are used to seeing from the sixth-year player: pressuring the quarterback.
 
However, Dumervil acknowledges he still has some improvement to make to get back to his Pro Bowl form.
 
"I can do better, that's for sure," Dumervil said. "So, I know it's progress, but I have to do better."
 
Dumervil didn't record any sacks and had only one tackle Sunday, but his presence was noticeably felt. His ability to constantly get into the backfield flushed Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers away from him and right into the grasp of rookie linebacker Von Miller.
 
Miller -- who came into the game with two sacks and two forced fumbles on the young season -- continued his impressive start by adding two more sacks to his name, which he credits to the return of Dumervil.
 
"It was a huge difference," Miller said. "I look to Elvis for a lot of support and guidance, and having him in situations where I needed him, it was huge."
 
MCGAHEE RUSHES FORWARD
 
For the second time this season, running back Willis McGahee eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark.
 
What's more, McGahee's 103 yards on 15 carries came against the league's top rush defense. Coming into Sunday's game, the Packers were giving up an average of just 55 rushing yards per game.
 
"It's cool and all, but we didn't get the win," McGahee said. "You want the 100 yards and you want the win. The O-line did a great job as far as running the ball. That was our thing, we had to run the ball, get off the blocks and get me to the second level. I think we did a great job of that. But, it's frustrating -- you can get 100 yards all you want, but still no 'W'."
 
McGahee's success speaks to the offensive balance Head Coach John Fox was looking to instill in the Broncos attack. The progress made on the ground allowed quarterback Kyle Orton and his receivers to find more space in the passing game.
 
"We have to run the ball, because without running the ball, the passing game won't be there," McGahee said. "You saw, we took shots, because they were playing the run heavy. It worked out for both ends.
 
"But we made a couple mistakes, fumbles, interceptions and just key things that always shoot us in the foot."