The Broncos passed their first of three straight big tests and took apart the NFL’s last undefeated team on Sunday night.
Peyton Manning is taking a beating. The Broncos’ offensive line is battered and his right ankle is throbbing. And now here come the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs, leading the league in sacks.
Beginning with their 35-24 comeback win over the Chargers last year, whom the Broncos visit again Sunday, Denver has won 18 of 20 games and has outscored opponents by an average of 36-20.
The Chargers let Phillips go in free agency after he’d collected 69½ sacks over nine seasons.
The Broncos were rumored to be going after pass-rushing specialist Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings, but nothing formulated.
Broncos head coach John Fox said the team’s defensive performance against the Redskins was the best of the year, and defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said on Xfinity Monday Live! it was hard to disagree.
The Denver Broncos held pass rusher Shaun Phillips out of practice with back spasms Saturday, listing him as questionable for Monday night’s game against Oakland.
Peyton Manning directed Denver to a 49-27 victory over the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.
Derek Wolfe put in a full upper body workout in the weight room on Thursday, then the Broncos defensive lineman thanked his teammates and fans for their prayers and well wishes.
All-Pro linebacker Von Miller donned a scout team skullcap over his helmet Wednesday and spent much of practice helping the Denver Broncos prepare to play more than a third of the season without him.