Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun
August 22, 2013
How much time will Joe Flacco have to throw?
The Broncos' formidable pass rush has been severely depleted.
Between Pro Bowl outside linebacker Von Miller being suspended for the first six games for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy and Elvis Dumervil now playing for the Ravens, the Broncos defense isn't the same. Miller and Dumervil combined for 19.5 sacks last season.
Without having to face that duo, Flacco could have extra time to throw against a front seven whose best remaining pass rusher is former San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Shaun Phillips. With more time to pick out his targets, Flacco could be in store for an efficient game.