Defining stat: 6.That's how many sacks Von Miller has in the Broncos' three wins combined this season. On the flip side, Miller has just three sacks in the Broncos' six losses combined, and while he has had quality efforts overall in virtually all of those games, Denver has been unable to tip the scales against some of the better offenses it has faced. When Miller is disrupting things, knocking the ball out, it seems to key a better effort across the defense. As he put it: "I have to make more of those game-changing plays, that's my job, it's what I do, and I have to do more of that for this team.''
The Broncos were off Sunday, giving them additional time to prepare for what could be more rough sledding for a team that has lost six of its last seven. Vance Joseph's outfit hasn't played nearly as poorly as its record suggests (they are ranked 11th in offense and 21st in defense). None of that matters, with their next four games being at the Chargers, at home against the Steelers, at the Bengals and at the 49ers. Denver has struggled on the road for the bulk of two years, going 2-10 in away venues since 2017. If ever it was truly (Von) Miller time -- besides, you know, when you're fishing on a river with Styrofoam koozies -- this is it.
The Broncos come back from their bye to resume a season that has gone so wrong, putting Coach Vance Joseph’s job in jeopardy. There’s little reason to believe that things will get immediately better for the Broncos, with games against the Chargers and Steelers up next.
Emmanuel Sanders sneaks into the end zone as Andy Janovich and Courtland Sutton clear the way for him on an end-around run.
After getting into the sack column in Week 1 with a half-sack, rookie Bradley Chubb recorded his first solo sack in Week 3 against the Ravens, knocking the moisture off Ravens QB Joe Flacco with this hit.
Von Miller and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner share a laugh together while Miller warms up before the Broncos' game against the Chiefs.
Game captains Brandon McManus, Ron Leary, Matt Paradis, Todd Davis and Case Keenum face off with the Chiefs during the coin toss.
Royce Freeman leaves multiple Chiefs defenders on the ground in his wake on his touchdown run against Kansas City. Freeman combined with fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay for 136 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Courtland Sutton goes up for a 42-yard reception against the Chiefs. Sutton's leaping ability and sticky hands have made him one of the most explosive rookies in the league on offense.
Andy Janovich takes a Chiefs defender for a ride on a 32-yard reception. Janovich has been a consistent player for the Broncos in multiple facets: as a blocker, a core special-teams player, a captain and, as shown here, a receiver.
Coupled with fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay, Freeman has helped make the Broncos' rushing attack one of the league's most formidable units. Both players have a knack for being elusive and playing through contact.
Phillip Lindsay has been a consistent spark plug for the Broncos' offense, even against opponents of any size. Lindsay is tied with Royce Freeman and Emmanuel Sanders for touchdowns scored with four so far.
Rookie outside linebacker Bradley Chubb pulls on his helmet as he walks through the tunnel during player introductions. Though he hadn't racked up any sacks in his first two games in October prior to this, he would begin a three-game stretch that would earn him Defensive Rookie of the Month honors with this game.
Bradley Chubb takes down Rams QB Jared Goff as other members of the Broncos' defense closes in. Though the Broncos couldn't pull off the upset, Chubb's performance stood out, as he recorded three sacks.
Darian Stewart and Justin Simmons celebrate with Todd Davis after he returned a tipped pass for a touchdown on the Cardinals' second play from scrimmage of the game. The play would set the scene for one of the biggest Broncos wins in recent years.
Todd Davis wasn't the only Broncos defender to score a touchdown that night. Chris Harris Jr. also returned a pick for a score, and the two high-fived as he crossed the goal line.
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Emmanuel Sanders, weeks after vowing his flipping-into-the-end-zone days were over, flips again into the end zone after catching a 64-yard pass for a touchdown. He would admit after the game he couldn't resist.
Von Miller was a man on a mission during the Broncos' Thursday-night game against the Cardinals. He recorded two sacks, four quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery against rookie QB Josh Rosen.
Emmanuel Sanders gets vocal in the team huddle pregame before the Broncos' Week 8 game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos would need that kind of energy facing one of the best teams in the NFL.
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Phillip Lindsay plows his way into the end zone for a touchdown in his first start with Royce Freeman nursing an ankle injury. Lindsay averaged 5.3 yards a carry on 18 attempts for 95 yards, accounting for just more than half of the Broncos' rushing total on the day.
As the Broncos have become one of the best rushing teams in the league, the focus has largely centered on rookie Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. But Devontae Booker showed he isn't to be overlooked either, recording 78 yards on nine rushes against the Chiefs for an 8.7-yard average as Freeman rested with an ankle injury.
Wrangling Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has been a difficult task for every team that's faced him. The Broncos limited him as best they could in Week 9, forcing him into two sacks, an interception and holding him to negative-1 yard on two rushing attempts.
Coming into this game, Head Coach Vance Joseph said a key emphasis would be on stopping Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt, who gashed the Broncos to the tune of 121 rushing yards and a touchdown the last time the two teams played. This time, Hunt gained only 50 yards on a 3.1-yard average.
The weather wasn't the only thing that put a cloud over the Broncos' Week 9 game against the Texans. Days after trading Demaryius Thomas to Houston, the Broncos faced off against him for the first time.
Von Miller picked up his fourth straight game with at least a half-sack after taking down Watson for a solo sack in the third quarter. Miller is tied for third in the NFL with nine sacks through Week 9.
On fourth-and-8, Case Keenum and Emmanuel Sanders came up with a huge play to give the Broncos a shot at a game-winning field goal. Sanders came down with the 18-yard reception at the Houston 37-yard line.
Even with a Texans defender stretching out to try to tackle him, Jeff Heuerman would be a key player helping the Broncos drive into field-goal position on their final drive. He caught three passes for 19 yards on the Broncos' last possession. Heuerman led the Broncos in receiving with 10 catches, 83 yards and a touchdown.
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