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Broncos’ Von Miller, Bradley Chubb pass rush duo wreaks havoc at Bengals – The Denver Post

CINCINNATI — The play was long over, the Broncos’ defense having forced another turnover, and Bradley Chubb stood in the Bengals end zone with his arms folded, mugging the few fans still left inside Paul Brown Stadium.

But the rookie edge rusher’s fourth quarter red zone strip-sack celebration wasn’t complete. Soon joining him was linebacker Von Miller, jumping on Chubb’s back, wrapping his arms around Chubb’s shoulder pads and riding him like the orange-and-white Bronco depicted on Miller’s blue helmet.

Are we having fun yet?

“It definitely feels amazing,” Chubb said.

The Broncos rolled to a 24-10 victory Sunday, their third consecutive win, and Denver difference-makers spanned the roster, such as Phillip Lindsay (157 yards rushing), safety Justin Simmons (late game pick) and quarterback Case Keenum (zero interceptions). But when the Broncos selected Chubb with the No. 5 overall draft pick last spring, to pair him with the likes of Miller, Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett, the Broncos believed their greatest strength would be their pass rush.

That wasn’t always the case, but of late, it’s been true.

The Broncos had four sacks Sunday against Bengals’ backup quarterback Jeff Driskel. Nose tackle Shelby Harris struck first in the second quarter for a 10-yard loss. Harris and Miller combined for another in the third and Miller nabbed his own in the fourth. Each sack led to punts.  Chubb finished it off with a strip-sack/recovery inside the Cincinnati 20 late in the game. The Broncos’ capitalized with a field goal to cement the victory.

All feats made more impressive with Denver’s lack of depth as Barrett (hip) missed Sunday’s game and the Broncos listed his roster replacement, undrafted rookie Jeff Holland, as inactive. Miller and Chubb had no problem picking up the slack — especially with Cincinnati relying on backup left tackle Clint Boling.

“We knew we were going to play well, we just didn’t want to go out there lax and give them something cheap,” Miller said. “We didn’t do that.”

Miller’s takedowns, specifically, continued a streak of pass rush success. The eighth-year pro now has at least one sack in seven consecutive games. It matches the career high Miller set spanning the 2015-’16 seasons and stands as the first time he’s strung as many sack games together in one season.

“Seven? That’s just balling right there,” Harris said. “It’s hard to get sacks. To go seven-straight games getting a sack? Man, I can barely go two (laughs).”

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