Denver Broncos: Stars from opening victory over Seahawks
Defense does its part in victory
The Broncos defense has had some great players for a while now. It starts with the defensive leader and the best player on the team: linebacker Von Miller.
Miller recorded six tackles and got to quarterback Russell Wilson multiple times, including recording three sacks. Miller’s contributions pushed him forward on the all-time sacks list. He surpassed linebacker Willie McGinest and is now in the top-50, at 48 overall.
The other members of the Broncos’ defense to record a sack were linebacker Shaquil Barrett (1), rookie first-round linebacker Bradley Chubb (.5), safety Darian Stewart (.5), and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (1).
Despite allowing running back Chris Carson to rush for 51 yards on seven carries, Denver’s defense stopped the Seahawks’ rookie running back Rashaad Penny for eight yards on seven carries. It was also very impressive that the Broncos defense was able to stop Russell Wilson, the most mobile quarterback in the league, to five yards on two carries.
Stopping the run was one of the biggest factors in the Broncos’ victory. Seattle is a running team. They no longer have Marshawn Lynch to hand the ball to, but they always seem to find players to carry the rock.
Since they didn’t have the greatest success running the football, however, the Seahawks took advantage of the Broncos’ greatest weakness and attacked the secondary with tight end Will Dissley, who caught three passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.