http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1724714-3-keys-to-victory-broncos... For the first time in maybe 13 years, this old Divisional rivalry game has meaning. We've talked about every angle of the game this week, with the exception of one feature.
Some Broncos fans dismiss this query, giving absolute dominion to Miller. But they do so at their own peril.
Mack famously notched five sacks on the Broncos in Week 14 last year. Miller got the last laugh, though, averaging 7.7 QB pressures and two sacks per game throughout Denver's postseason run.
Miller's performance not only helped to bring home Denver's third Lombardi Trophy, it netted him Super Bowl 50 MVP and a gargantuan contract extension worth $114.5 million over six years.
Fast forward to the 2016 season, and Miller has kept his momentum going. He's currently ranked second in the NFL with 8.5 sacks, four QB hits and 31 hurries, according to Pro Football Focus.
Mack has gotten off to a slower start. He's tallied five sacks, with six QB hits and 26 hurries (PFF). Mack has also presided over an Oakland defense ranked in the bottom third of almost every major statistical category in the NFL.
Last year, PFF ranked Mack as their highest-graded edge rusher, narrowly beating out Miller. NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2016" saw Mack ranked two spots higher than Miller, but in fairness, the players' votes were tallied before Super Bowl 50, when Miller almost single-handedly crushed Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
To ask which of the two phenoms is the better player today is a tad subjective. But I'd have to say Miller is. PFF backs up my assessment.
No matter where you stand on the issue, one thing's for sure. With both players still in their prime, we can look forward to many more showdowns between the two in the AFC West.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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