During their seven years competing against each other, Von Miller and Philip Rivers have developed a healthy relationship based on competition and respect. And for good reason: Miller has sacked no quarterback more than Rivers, whom he's brought down on 15 occasions. Rivers has respect for Miller that extends far beyond his rushing ability, though.
"Von's an every-down football player, Defensive Player of the Year-type guy," Rivers said Wednesday. "He's not just a pass-rusher."
If the Broncos are going to find success on Sunday, though, Miller will need to make his impact through the rush. He's tallied 9.0 sacks through nine games, and if the Broncos can tally a few more against Rivers, they should improve their chances to win. The problem? Sacking Rivers isn't an easy task. The Chargers have allowed just 13 sacks this year — the fourth-fewest in the league — and Rivers is taking care of the ball at a career-best rate.
"He's so tall and over the top, that ball is gone," Joseph said Thursday. "As far as knocking down passes, there are not very many on tape. We have to cover the first option and we have to rush this guy and get him on the ground."
Can Miller find a way to force the 15-year veteran into a couple of mistakes? The Broncos' fate may depend on Miller's ability to find success.
"I lick my chops every week, and definitely [against] the Chargers," Miller said Thursday. "Every team that I play, I have that mindset, 'It's going to be a three-sack, four-sack game.' It's no different going into this game."