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As Offense Improves, Marshall Says Defense ‘Doing Our Thing’

By Michael Spencer

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall joined CBS4 Broncos analyst Mark Schlereth and CBS4 sports anchor Michael Spencer on Xfinity Monday Live this week.

Marshall currently leads the team with 25 total tackles and the Broncos defense is currently 4th best in the NFL, allowing just 283.2 yards per game.

The Broncos defense also has eight takeaways this season, which is tied for fifth in the NFL. On Sunday, Aqib Talib recorded his second and third interceptions of the season when he picked off Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston twice.

“He’s elite. He’s an elite athlete, but also he studies film like no other,” Marshall said of Talib. “That’s why he’s always in position to make the play.”

On Sunday the Broncos were forced to play first round draft pick Paxton Lynch after starting quarterback Trevor Siemian was injured in the 2nd quarter. Lynch finished the game with 170 yards and a touchdown pass.

Last year the Broncos offense was maligned for its lack of production, but the offense didn’t seem to miss a beat when Lynch came in to replace Siemian.

“This year the offense is helping out a whole lot,” said Marshall. “So we (the defense) just say, ‘Okay, we’re going to do our thing, and that’s what we did.'”

The Broncos had to deal with a lengthy weather delay. Lightning caused a nearly 90-minute stoppage and forced both teams back into the locker room during the 4th quarter.

“I was sitting there, and I was on my phone,” said Marshall. “We were talking ball for a little bit, and then we just sat down and chilled.”

After two games away from Denver, the Broncos will return to Mile High on Sunday to host the Atlanta Falcons. Kickoff is set for 2:05 p.m.

Michael Spencer is a Sports Anchor at CBS4. Read his bio or connect with him on Twitter @MichaelCBS4.


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