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Published on 10/24/2011 at Mon Oct 24 11:48.
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Rookie linebacker Von Miller takes down Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (right) during the Broncos' overtime win on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. (Photo courtesy of Bill Ingram/The Palm Beach Post)

On Sunday, Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller became just the tenth rookie in NFL history to record six sacks through six games when he took down Miami’s Matt Moore to force a third and long situation and ultimately a punt.

The game marked Miller’s fifth consecutive game with at least one sack, which is the second-longest streak by a Broncos rookie.  In 1991, linebacker Mike Croel recorded sacks in six consecutive games as a rookie.  Miller is one game away from tying that franchise record.

This week, the Broncos will face the Detroit LionsMatthew Stafford, the Lions starting quarterback, has been sacked fourteen times this season.  Stafford left Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons with what appeared to be an ankle/knee injury.  Stafford’s status for Sunday’s game is still to be determined.

Miller leads all rookies in sacks this season and is on pace to record 60 tackles, sixteen sacks and five forced fumbles.  Sixteen sacks would be just one short of the franchise’s single season record of seventeen, which was set by Elvis Dumervil in 2009.

Speaking of the 2009 NFL Sack King, Dumervil has yet to record a sack this season.  To his credit, Dumervil has looked better against the run and owns a handful of quarterback hurries, but it would be nice to see him get a quarterback on the ground.

Dumervil has started four games this season and recorded five tackles.  With the emergence of Miller, perhaps Dumervil will get a shot to record his first sack of 2011 in the coming weeks.  A healthy and productive Dumervil, teamed up with Miller, would give the Broncos a formidable pass rush.

We’re witnessing history unfold.  Miller is going to be the cornerstone of Denver’s defense for years to come.

  • http://thingsatrexdoes.tumblr.com Mike Birtwistle

    I think Kyle quoted the over/under on Miller’s sacks this year as 5.5.  If you went OVER you’re in the money.

  • ArtM

    On a side note: Shout Out to Nate Irving for knocking the ball lose on the onside kick.

  • Dakota Fan

    Oh yeah- forgot that Miller played in this game and did so well. Actually didn’t forget, but the poor guy’s not getting the attention he deserves today because of…Um, what’s that guy’s name again?

    Just kidding- win ‘em ugly or pretty, just get a “W” boys… GO BRONCOS!!!

  • Anonymous

    Onside kick, 52 yard field goal (when struggling), DJ stripping the ball, Fells with a monster catch…yeah there is a few more things to discuss about this game other than Tebow.

  • Darwin

    It’s a little early to talk about sack records but he does look very good. If Elvis doesn’t start getting to the QB they will just shift protection to Von’s side.  He does have a burst and some attitude so he will get his but just don’t know about getting 1 a game.

  • Willis

    The detroit lions are going to beat the denver broncos by 2 touchdowns but von miller is a beast he will be a top 5 olb in a short amount of time im sayin this consider his streak to continue because the lions have an old guy by the name of jeff backus who has horrible footwork he gave up 3 sacks to jared allen and he gave up 2 sacks to aldon smith so von miller will probably have 2 by the end of the day