Victor Cruz (80) makes the catch against Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) during 1st quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Andrew Mills/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports)

Broncos Don't Need Sacks to Be Successful

Who would have thought that two games into Von Miller’s suspension and two games without Champ Bailey, the Denver Broncos would be leading the NFL in interceptions. They have six picks through two games. Detroit and Miami, who are tied for second in the league, have four interceptions thus far.

Not only that, but the Broncos have picked off the NFL’s last two Super Bowl MVP’s multiple times in consecutive games. You have to wonder if Aaron Rodgers, XLV Super Bowl MVP, is thankful he’s not slated to play the Broncos.

Eli Manning tied a career-high with four interceptions against the Broncos. According to Chris Harris, who has two picks this season, the team was ready for that kind of performance from Manning.

“We knew from watching the Cowboy,” Harris said. “I mean look how many interceptions the Cowboys had off of tips and overthrows, so we knew that Eli… That’s what he does. There are a lot of tips and overthrows, so were getting ready for that.”

Harris had a pick, as did Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tony Carter, and Rahim Moore. With the exception of DRC’s, all of them came in the second half when the Broncos developed a nice lead, forcing the Giants to pass more.
Even though the sacks aren’t necessarily there (relative to last year), the Broncos are still showing that they’re able to get to the quarterback and into the backfield. They had seven tackles for a loss against the Giants and ten against the Ravens. They had seven quarterback hits against the Giants and eight against the Ravens.
The Broncos are getting the job done defensively even though they’re ranked 15th in the league in sacks. Who would have thought that maybe, just maybe, sacks are overrated.

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