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Broncos, Briefly: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018

“Last year’s team is dead and gone,’’ said Broncos head coach Vance Joseph. “We’re a new team, we have different players, we have a different culture and we have a different mindset. We’re coaching different. Last year is last year and this year is this year."

“It’s going to be a challenge for us to win that game on Sunday, but again, we’re looking forward to it. We haven’t played our best ball yet. We’re 2-0 and it’s come down to two game-winning drives, so we’re looking forward to playing better football Sunday. We’ll see what happens.”

The secret recipe to halting third-down attempts?

“I think just great execution,” Miller said.

Broncos coach Vance Joseph added it’s simply the result of “pass rush and scheme.”

“We have a really good system of coverage versus rush,” Joseph said. “A couple tricks here and there, but we can rush four. If we win first and second down and it’s a longer third down, we can play coverage and rush four. Most teams can’t do that, but we can.”

“It was our red-zone defense,” [Harris] said. “You see us on the field, you see us on third down, we were tough. We still finished top five in a lot of categories, but our red zone was terrible. We gave up too many passing touchdowns, guys weren’t on the same page, we just panicked a lot in that red zone. If we can fix that and continue to play a high level inside the field, like we were first, second and third (downs), and tighten up our red zone we’ll get back to being dominant.”

Through two games this year, the Broncos’ red-zone defense is tied for 12th in the league, allowing opponents to score on 50 percent of their red-zone drives. But they face their biggest test to date in Baltimore on Sunday.

The Ravens are one of only two teams, with Kansas City, to score a touchdown on every drive inside their opponent’s 20. But where the Chiefs have six red-zone touchdowns, the Ravens have nine.

“Lindsay is a rocket!” Baltimore defensive play-caller Don Martindale told reporters Thursday. “You always have to be aware. Your antennae go up when he’s in the game.”

Lindsay has made that kind of impact through two games, rushing 29 times for 178 yards entering Sunday’s matchup against the Ravens.

_A surprising part of the Broncos’ 2-0 start is how much Lindsay has been in the game — 54 of 140 snaps on offense (38.6 percent) — and how much he has been involved — 32 total touches.
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