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Denver Broncos Defense Finally Steps Up Big

Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

The talk will be about Peyton Manning and rightfully so, but no one should forget about the effort turned in by the Denver Broncos defense. It’s true they were down 24-0 at halftime, but in reality the defense only gave up 7 points to the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers scored 17 points off of Broncos’ turnovers.

The Broncos got big efforts from a number of players on the defensive side of the ball, but three stand out. Elvis Dumervil, who has been almost invisible through the first six games, was back to his old disruptive self on Monday night. He caused the Phillip Rivers fumble that Tony Carter returned for a touchdown to really get the Broncos back in the game. In addition to that game changing play, Dumervil was in the Charger’s backfield the entire second half.

With Tracy Porter out because of illness, the Broncos needed someone to step up in the secondary. They got two, Carter and second year cornerback Chris Harris. Both had huge interceptions, including the last one by Harris that he also returned for a touchdown that put the game away. Rivers was unable to find many open receivers in the second half, and a lot of that was due to the play of Carter and Harris.

The Denver Broncos defense is still a work in progress but Monday night was a step in the right direction. They forced six turnovers, scored twice and kept getting the ball back to Manning. The Broncos head into the bye week on an unbelievable high, mostly due to the play of Manning but the defense deserves their fair share of the props too.

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