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In his rookie season, Miller recorded 11.5 sacks. (He did add one in the postseason for 12.5)
The majority of those sacks came in the second half (9.5). Those numbers are largely due to the fact that most teams throw the ball more if they are trailing in the second half.
Now, the Broncos didn't exactly put teams away early. They had the 25th-rated offense in the league (19.3 points per game) but managed to rack up over 29 minutes of possession time per game.
The addition of Peyton Manning could have a significant impact, not only on the offense, but on the defense as well.
Manning's methodical approach offensively can affect the defense in a number of ways.
Quick strike scoring means more time on defense. More time on defense means more opportunities to get tackles, sacks, pass deflections, etc.
A lead means the opponent has to throw the ball more.
The last two years of a Manning-led offense in Indianapolis saw the team rank ninth (2009) and fourth (2010) in the league in scoring.
Inversely, the Colts' defense those two seasons finished fifth (2010) and second (2009) in total tackles.
That provides a good number of opportunities for the defensive stars in Denver, like Miller.
The issue is if Manning is more methodical and doesn't strike quickly, that limits the amount of minutes the Bronco defense will have. Thus, Miller's chances will be limited.
While Miller is a great pass rusher, he isn't Terrell Suggs or DeMarcus Ware, yet.
2012-13 Sacks Prediction: 12.5