Derek Carr and Von Miller are on a collision course.
The two had very different opening weeks with Miller blowing up Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks offense, creating the havoc we’ve come to expect from the premiere pass-rusher.
Carr was 29-for-40 for 303 yards against the LA Rams but he threw three costly interceptions and was hurried and bothered all night by the Rams pass rush.
On paper the lopsided matchup favors Miller. He had massive success in week one against one of the more mobile and innovative quarterbacks in the league in Russell Wilson. Carr, as mentioned above, struggled with pressure.
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Something that’s been a black mark on an otherwise stellar Broncos camp and opening week has been tackling. Particularly tackling and covering the tight-end position.
Enter Raiders TE Jared Cook. The 6’5″, 255lb. battering ram had nine catches last week for an incredible 180 yards. Unfortunately, none of that translated into points for the Raiders and they lost badly.
Cook may well be the safety valve that allows the Raiders to exploit the Broncos rush-heavy defense and it falls to Todd Davis, Brandon Marshall and the safeties to limit production from the Raiders big man.
We’d like to think the Broncos are aware and have addressed the coverage/tackling issues that have cropped up but Cook is a tough cover for any team and Carr is going to need to hit that safety valve often if Miller duplicates his performance from last Sunday.
Offensively, we’d like to see: