The task to find the positive gets tougher and tougher.
In the preview story for the Denver Broncos (3-5) and New England Patriots (6-2), one person took it seriously. The rest of us had fun because, well, at least one aspect of this season should be. In all seriousness, there is one way Sunday night’s game could become a positive and heck of a lot of fun in the process for Broncos Country.
As Adam Malnati and I said on the latest MHR Radio Podcast, that could happen if Von Miller wrecks Tom Brady in Denver. Whatever it is about the Patriots, Miller always turns it up a notch. The Broncos need Miller to do the same on Sunday. It would add some entertainment and fun to a game that could be short on both.
In an otherwise Eeyore-esque season, Miller has been one of the few bright spots. He enters Week 10 at No. 7 in the NFL in sacks with eight, but he also does the work in run defense too. It’s what earned him the the best outside pass rusher midway through the season by Pro Football Focus.
The Vonster is on pace for a 16 sack season, which would be the 2nd highest sack total of his career. He also leads the NFL with 47 QB pressures so far this season, 3 more than any other player. But what you might not expect based on those stats and Miller’s reputation is that pass rushing isn’t actually his highest graded metric according to PFF. While Von’s 89.5 pass rush grade is superb, it’s currently second fiddle to his impressive 92.0 run defense grade.
Miller has shown why he’s one of the best defenders and players in the league this season. If he can put forth a performance similar to the one he had in the AFC title game a few years back, it would help this tough Denver season go down a little bit easier.