ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, a Texas native, noted free spirit and skilled sacker of quarterbacks, was asked this week why the Dallas Cowboys routinely have been called “America’s Team.’’
“When you’re raised in Dallas, you feel like Texas is America, Dallas is the team, so America’s team,’’ Miller said.
On Sunday, Miller gets just his second chance to play against the team that was his childhood favorite — the Broncos played in Arlington, Texas, in 2013, Miller’s third year in the league — and it will be the Cowboys’ first game in Denver since 2009. It is a matchup between two of the four franchises that have been to at least eight Super Bowls.
With that in mind, here are some things to watch for in the Broncos-Cowboys game:
Well, Miller, of course. The Los Angeles Chargers invested everything they could in an attempt to keep Miller from getting to quarterback Philip Rivers on Monday night. But all of the attention they gave to Miller largely crippled their offense in the first three quarters of the game — the Chargers had 114 yards worth of offense when the third quarter ended and the Broncos led 24-7. The Cowboys are raw power up front with three first-team All-Pros on the offensive line. Miller’s day may be defined more by how he plays the run this week, but he impacts everything an offense does. Dak Prescott, cocooned nicely by the Cowboys’ high-end run game with Ezekiel Elliott and behind that line, was one of the most difficult quarterbacks to sack last season — 25 sacks in 459 pass attempts. The Giants sacked Prescott once in last weekend’s opener.
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