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How do you feel about moving that up to Oct. 27, Von?

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Von Miller would like you to know three things:

He’s playing as hard as he can.

He likes his snap count being high.

His breakout is coming.

“Around November is when I really turn it on, and I get spicy,” he said Thursday. “I’m hoping the next couple of games will be good ones for me.”

Given that the Colts are on deck for an Oct. 27 game, it would be nice if Miller could get a little spicy before November.

Perhaps not “hot” but at least “medium.” Because “mild” Miller isn’t going to cut it against Quenton Nelson.

And No. 58 knows it.

“He’s just a mean guy. He’s just a mean guy, and you can see it on film. You don’t even have to talk to him. You don’t have to have any conversations. You can see it in his play that he’s just a tough, mean offensive lineman.”

In fact, Miller called Nelson the type of offensive lineman that you “respect without even meeting.”

Pro Football Focus would agree. They have given the second-year tackle an 88.2 overall rating for 2019 so far. He has played 430 snaps, gotten just one penalty and allowed zero sacks. He was even named to PFF’s Team of the Week the first two games of the season - two games in which backup QB Jacoby Brissett was suddenly thrust into a starting role after Andrew Luck’s surprise retirement just weeks before.

“He’s just a massive human being, and he’s quick and he’s fast,” Miller said, recalling a story from the Pro Bowl where he sat behind Nelson on the bus - “and I was like. ‘Bro, your head is so big.’ (laughing). He’s getting out on like little lead sweep blocks and he’s up in the secondary. It just looks mean and that’s the type of offensive lineman that every team wants to have.”

But even though Miller no longer has fellow super-stud edge rusher Bradley Chubb helping him set the edge, he does have up-and-comer Malik Reed - aka, “dream killer.”

“He’s definitely been doing that,” Miller said of Reed, who has had one sack and three QB hits. “He’s been doing the best that he can possibly do, the same with me. He’s done a great job when playing the run, playing the pass, being mentally sound and not making mental errors. He’s been great for it.”

Miller admits he is not where he’d like to be with his “numbers” - just 2.5 sacks, which is on pace for just six sacks this season. After notching 14.5 sacks last year, Miller has gone seven of his eight seasons in the league hitting at least 10 sacks.

Miller is going to have to hit a stride soon if he’s at least going to reach 10.

“I’ve definitely taken all the shots that I could have possibly taken, and I’ve really left it out there and done as much as I could possibly do and that’s what I got,” he said. “I’m at peace and I’m just trying to play my best football and trying to put my best football forward.”

Miller even told reporters he doesn’t really like to talk about his stats since they clearly aren’t up to his standard - much less Broncos Country’s standards.

“I try not to talk about it honestly,” he laughed. “I’m rushing hard. I’m trying to get there, getting pressure and stuff, getting close to them. Just not being able to make that play. As tough as it is to see, 2.5 sacks, for my fans and stuff you can only imagine how I feel about that coming into the season with so many expectations on — the highest expectation that you could probably think of, we had that.”

With his team at 2-5, Miller has no doubt tempered his own expectations. But the edge rusher isn’t giving up; Sunday’s matchup is just another chance to sack the QB.

But Brissett won’t be easy to bring down.

“He’s solid. He’s solid. It’s really showing the stock of those New England quarterbacks is just rising,” Miller said of his next target, who has managed to throw 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions in the first seven games. “He’s making solid decisions, getting the ball out fast, and he’s really leading that offense. It’s his team and you can really see it.”

Vic Fangio noted what a big and fast quarterback Brissett is too.

“They’re doing a good job of pass blocking and then the quarterback’s hard to get down,” Fangio noted. “He’s an elusive, big strong guy. He has shaken off some sacks and gotten away from sacks. It’s a combination of good blocking and a quarterback being elusive and hard to get down.”

(Come to think of it, Von...it might be time for the “hot” spicy this Sunday after all).

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