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Von Miller plays his way into NFL MVP talks

DENVER – Again, linebacker Von Miller was the best Bronco on the field, and perhaps the top defender in all of football

Sunday, Superman made Philip Rivers dance in frustration with his three sacks and two forced fumbles in the Broncos’ 30-23 win at Sports Authority Field.

After the game, in his wide-rimmed, Clark Kent glasses, Miller explained how he’s gone from NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year to potential NFL MVP.

“You just have to have a relentless pursuit,” Miller said. “You just have to be relentless to the ball.”

And boy was he ever.

On the play before the two-minute warming, Miller shot the gap, tracking down a fleeting Rivers before delivering a momentum-changing sack.

After the play, Miller summersaulted twice, before doing a little jig.

“I got it from Sonic the Hedgehog,” said Miller, who claims his dances are unrehearsed. “I hit a lightning strip and felt like Sonic. You have to show a little excitement when you make plays.”

The Broncos went on to block the ensuing punt, and Peyton Manning hit Brandon Stokley for the 31-yard touchdown seconds later to take the 17-7 lead into the half.

Interestingly enough, the Broncos defense wasn’t satisfied with their fifth win in a row.

“We’re happy, but not as happy as we should be,” said cornerback Champ Bailey, who was fuming about the late touchdown the Broncos gave up. “We’re getting there.”

Now sure, the Broncos D took over the game, holding the Chargers to 3-for-16 on third down. And yes, the defense added onto Rivers’ nightmare year, sacking him four times and picking him off twice.

Still, many defenders in the locker room couldn’t get over the 80-yard drive late in the fourth that pulled the Chargers into reaching distance, cutting the deficit to 30-23 with 1:24 remaining.

“We can’t let that happen,” said linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who notched eight tackles and an interception Sunday. “We just can’t.”


Most importantly, the Broncos (7-3) took a three-game lead in the AFC West.

They have an MVP candidate at quarterback and an MVP candidate sacking the quarterback.

For Broncos fans, it could be another big season in the Mile High City … Again.

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