DENVER —** Pressure yet again thrust a Broncos' opposing quarterback into difficult situations early in the game as OLB DeMarcus Ware, S T.J. Ward and OLB Shane Ray took down Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for a combined loss of 34 yards in the first quarter alone.
For Ray, it was the first sack of his NFL career and he became the ninth Bronco of the year to record a sack.
Ward's sack showed the versatility he has and the Broncos' defense's ability to disguise who blitzes. A flustered Bridgewater turned from pressure elsewhere and ran into Ward. Now with 6.5 sacks in his career, Ward is the only NFL safety with at least one sack in each of the previous five seasons.
Ware, the AFC's Defensive Player of the Month for September, picked up where he left off, bringing his total to 4.5 sacks through 3.5 games. As a team, the Broncos have 14 sacks total in that span.