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As the Broncos struggle, Bradley Chubb dominates

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We knew the rookie could make an immediate impact in Denver, but he continues to shine and exceed expectations.

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Enough with the negative. Let’s go positive.

Bradley Chubb is a damn stud.

You can always count on Chubb to rise to the occasion. Sorry, I don’t care if Doc and my wife shoot me with eye rolls, fans of the Denver Broncos could use some adolescent humor at this point.

When Chubb was there for John Elway and the Broncos to grab with the No. 5 pick, we knew he had the ability and drive to shine. When you put him opposite Von Miller, the possibilities were limitless. Through nine games, Chubb has exceeded expectations.

Chubb’s first sack of Deshaun Watson boosts his season total to eight. That’s the most for a Broncos rookie through nine games since Miller in 2011. It also ties Chubb for fourth-most by a rookie in NFL history through nine games. In Sunday’s game, Chubb also had six tackles, five solo, three tackles for loss and a quarterback hit.

Not only is Chubb flashing, the Orange Rush is too. Miller is tied for third in the NFL with nine sacks, while Chubb is tied for sixth with eight. Denver is the only team in the NFL with a duo in the top 10 in sacks. As a team, the Broncos are tied for second in the NFL with 28 sacks. If you haven’t already, don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the positives from this season by wearing this Orange Rush shirt. It looks awesome, and feels even better.

On the latest MHR Radio Podcast, Adam Malnati and I tried our best to give Chubb his due, as well as linebacker Todd Davis and tight end Jeff Heuerman, and not get overly negative. Given how Chubb, Davis and the rest of the defense performed on Sunday, especially in the second half by only allowing three points, it was easy to do.

Heuerman was also the first Broncos tight end to finish with double-digit receptions since Shannon Sharpe in 2002. Heuerman finished with 10 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. Who would have thought the trading of Demaryius Thomas is what would make the offense utilize the tight end?

For all the reasons to, justifiably, feel pissed off about the state of the Broncos, there are positives, too.

Chubb consistently rising to the occasion is one of them. That’s always worth applauding and celebrating.

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