5 Broncos to Watch vs. New England

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Nov 24, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is pressured by Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (25) during second quarter at Gillette Stadium Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

As I wrote earlier today, Wolfe is the heart and soul of the Broncos defense.

He may not get the attention or love from the media, but rest assured his defensive teammates know how important Wolfe has been to their early success.

As long as Wolfe eats up blockers in the run and pass games, this defense will continue to dominate. Andrew Mason had a story on the Broncos website that said when Malik Jackson and Wolfe are on the field at the same time, the Denver sack rate spikes to one every 6.5 pass plays. The Broncos have more sacks (12) on the 78 pass plays with both on the field than the 239 pass plays when one or neither lines up (11).

Simply put: Wolfe allows Von Miller and DeMarcus ware to hunt quarterbacks.

Yes, it’s fun to look at how well both Miller and Ware are playing right now and think about where they’ll finish.

But Wolfe is a big reason why they can do that. Look for him to have another great game on Sunday.