The Denver Broncos have one of the best pass-rushers in the entire league in Von Miller, but Elvis Dumervil hasn’t been good enough to form a great tandem. The two were supposed to be Manning’s new Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, and that just hasn’t happened.
Miller has made up for the lack of production from Dumervil, but there is a legitimate concern about what would happen if a team doubled Miller for the entire game, according to Ben Stockwell of ProFootballFocus.com.
Dumervil does have eight sacks, but sacks don’t tell the whole story. Dumervil has exactly two good pass-rushing games since Week 4, and both have come against the San Diego Chargers’ undrafted rookie left tackle Michael Harris. Three of Dumervil’s eight sacks have come against Harris.
Dumervil isn’t commanding any extra attention, and that could lead to teams focusing on shutting down Miller. If Miller is shut down, that will have an adverse impact on the entire defense. The Broncos need more out of Dumervil in the playoffs for the defense to continue to be successful.
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