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Broncos, Briefly: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

Since the Jacksonville Jaguars pounded out 269 yards rushing that dropped the decidedly staggered Broncos to 0-4 with a last-play field goal two weeks ago, the Broncos have raised their defensive hackles a bit. The Broncos have held their past two opponents to 74 yards rushing combined and Sunday put up their first shutout win since 2017.

The Broncos’ seven sacks in Sunday’s 16-0 win over Tennessee was their highest total since October 2015 (seven in a win over Minnesota).

In team history, the Broncos have had at least seven sacks in 22 games (18-3-1 record), but only four of those games have been since the start of 2000.

"I think he’s like John Elway was in the ‘80s and ‘90s," said Broncos’ coach Vic Fangio.

And he’s not just buttering up his boss. Elway was a scramble over here, rocket a deep throw over there type of quarterback.

Fangio has found the right mix on Denver’s defense (Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press)

Vic Fangio has settled on the right mix to restore Denver’s defensive dominance even without pass rusher Bradley Chubb and cornerback Bryce Callahan.

The Broncos (2-4) collected seven sacks and three takeaways for the first time since 1984 in their 16-0 win over Tennessee on Sunday, putting them in prime position to get back into the AFC West race Thursday night when they host the Kansas City Chiefs (4-2) and their ailing quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

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