The Denver Broncos’ defense continued a recent stretch of dominance against Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers with a 17-3 victory on Sunday afternoon.
Since Von Miller came to the Denver Broncos, the tides that once favored the Chargers in a major way have turned in favor of the Broncos, and that continued on Sunday with perhaps the most dominant performance yet by the Denver defense against Philip Rivers.
In Miller’s years with the Broncos, he has 10 sacks against the Chargers in nine games. The Broncos are 7-2 in those games, and he was incredible again on Sunday with two sacks, a forced fumble, fumble recovery, two tackles for loss, a pass breakup, and four QB hits.
He was almost literally unblockable throughout the entire game, and it got so bad that Philip Rivers even started taking cheap shots at Miller. After one of Miller’s hits in the fourth quarter, an altercation formed and was originated by the Chargers quarterback, who had also gotten under the skin of Derek Wolfe earlier in the game.
Miller grabbed Rivers by the collar of his jersey like he was going to shove him up against a locker and warn him not to come near his sister ever again. Here:
Miller’s dominance against the Chargers has led to some of the Broncos’ most satisfying victories in the past five years, but this one on Sunday was particularly great. No, it wasn’t an elite offensive performance, but this wasn’t too dissimilar from a major league pitcher throwing a no hitter on the mound and hitting a home run himself at the plate to help his cause.
Miller is spear-heading a resurgence of the Broncos’ defense these last three games. The Broncos were really sneaky underrated/great against Tom Brady after falling into an early 14-0 hole.
This performance against San Diego was boring if you are a general NFL fan, or a greedy Peyton Manning apologist, or perhaps an over-zealous Brock Osweiler supporter, but if you like great defensive football, this was a masterpiece put together by the Broncos.
Oh, and I don’t need to remind you that they were without Sylvester Williams, DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward, and later Danny Trevathan (concussion), and David Bruton (knee).
Von is playing for a major contract and this is another reason on an already incredibly long list why he will be worth every penny.