Von Miller’s most recent achievement is unprecedented in franchise history.

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Any reports that Von Miller’s game was on the decline were greatly exaggerated, as the Denver Broncos’ future Hall of Fame outside linebacker earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors on September 30.

Miller is one of the main reasons the Broncos (3-0) have had such a good start, as he has four sacks (second most in the AFC, fourth most in the league) and has at least one sack in each of the team’s three games. He’s also got six quarterback hits, 12 quarterback hurries, and eight tackles (six solo) to go with his league-leading six tackles for loss.

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No Washed Sack King

Miller’s hot start has him ranked 23rd in NFL history in terms of sacks. In a 26-0 Broncos win over the New York Jets, his performance helped him pass former defensive end Greg Townsend. Miller now has 110 career sacks, one sack more than Townsend and three more than No. 22 on the list, former defensive end Sean Jones.

If Miller adds 13 more sacks in 2021, he’ll not only have an all-time great season, but he’ll also be in the top-20 of all-time sacks, surpassing former defensive end Simeon Rice (122 sacks) — who also has Denver Broncos ties. Miller’s eighth double-digit sack season, and the first since 2018, will come in 2021 if he gets six more sacks. Since his arrival in the league in 2011, no player has racked up more career sacks than Miller. Given that his class includes future Hall of Famers J.J. Watt of the Arizona Cardinals and Cameron Jordan of the New Orleans Saints, as well as several other first-round pass rushers (Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Hayward, former defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Ryan Kerrigan, former defensive end Aldrick Rosas, former defensive end Aldrick Rosas, former defensive end Aldrick Rosas, former defensive end Aldrick Rosas, former defensive end Making History

Miller has now won AFC Player of the Month four times in his NFL career, the most recent being in September of 2016. Miller has been linked to some legendary Broncos players on four occasions. He now has the same number of conference players of the month as Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning and Hall of Fame running back Terrell Davis in Broncos history. November 2012 (eight sacks in the month), October 2014 (seven sacks), and September 2016 (four sacks) were the other times Miller took home the hardware. When it came to Miller’s comeback season, head coach Vic Fangio was as effusive as a crotchety coach could be.

“I think he’s picked up where I expected him to be last year,” Fangio said after the Jets’ victory. “It [the injury]was very, very disappointing on a number of levels — not just because he wasn’t able to play for us last year.” Last year, however, I thought he was primed for a monster season. About the only good thing about his injury is that once it heals, it heals completely. He didn’t suffer any long-term consequences as a result of it. He’s focused, and he understands that I see a more mature player, one who is passionate about football and enjoys it. ”

The injury that Fangio mentioned prior to the 2020 season was an ankle problem. The linebacker tore his season-ending tendon during a practice in early September and was placed on injured reserve just hours after the Broncos lost their season opener in 2020. During the team’s September 30 media session, Fangio expressed his admiration for Miller’s efforts once more.

“He’s well-deserving of the award,” Fangio said, “because he’s played exceptionally well.” “We’re going to need him to keep playing at a high level..” After his difficult injury last year, I’m overjoyed for him to see this success. ”


The Vonster Is Back

The Broncos’ defense has been outstanding thus far in 2021, and Miller has been the driving force behind it. The Broncos have only given up eight points in the league. They score 7 points per game and have the best total defense in the league (allowing only 221). 7 yards per game on average). Miller’s success is made all the more impressive by the fact that he’s doing it without his bookend, Pro Bowl outside linebacker Bradley Chubb. After missing Week 1, the 2021 Pro Bowler only played 19 defensive snaps in Week 2 before leaving the game with a knee injury. Chubb was placed on short-term injured reserve prior to Week 3 and is expected to be out for at least another month. Miller will have to maintain his excellence if the Broncos are to survive the October 2021 gauntlet, which includes games against the Baltimore Ravens in Denver on October 3, the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 10, the Las Vegas Raiders at home on October 17, and the Cleveland Browns on October 21. The Browns’ game will be broadcast on Thursday night primetime, and it will be the Broncos’ only stand-alone game of the season.


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