Pro Bowl voting wraps up this week and based on the fan balloting the Broncos are certain to have two guys receive the honor.
Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.
Von and Chubb are the Broncos’ identity.
The pass rush duo is also the Broncos’ best hope of humbling Baker Mayfield on Saturday night.
“Yeah this is what I envisioned, a Chubb-Miller combination,’’ Miller said at his weekly press conference Wednesday. “The one-two combinations on Sunday. Or Saturday.”
Miller is going after the franchise’s all-time sack record long held by Simon Fletcher. In 11 seasons from 1985-95, Fletcher had 97.5 sacks. Miller already has 97 sacks with three games remaining in his eighth season.
Chubb is going after the NFL’s all-time rookie sack record of 14.5 that Jevon Kearse set nearly 20 years ago. Chubb has 12.0 sacks with three games to get 3.0 more.
“He has a motor for one,’’ Miller said when asked about Chubb’s qualities that make him special. “He has a great, long arm. He has a feel for getting to the quarterback and he plays on the right side, too. Playing on the right side is totally different than playing on the left side. On the right side, you’re going against big-time tackles every week, it doesn’t matter what team you’re playing. He’s on the right side, but his ability to come underneath from the outside, with the long arm, over the top underneath is by far his best quality. …
“He runs games like Shaq (O’Neal) and Kobe (Bryant), it’s hard to stop him on the other side. Especially when the slide is away from me and it’s a true two-on-two, or one-on-one over there, he’s unstoppable.”
Rookie running back Phillip Lindsay and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. should also get Pro Bowl nods after votes by the coaches and players are counted. Lindsay leads all AFC rushers with 967 yards rushing and 5.8 yards per attempt. Harris had three interceptions and lofty grades posted by Pro Football Focus until he suffered a fractured fibula two weeks ago at Cincinnati.
Fan voting concludes Thursday and by last count, neither Lindsay or Harris were in the top 10 among running backs. That could change when the final fan balloting is announced Friday. The Pro Bowl squads will be announced Tuesday.
Miller and Chubb, meanwhile, were No. 3 and 4 among outside linebackers in fan voting with the top six making the Pro Bowl.
As the leader of the Broncos’ successful rookie class, Chubb is still deferential to vets like Von.
“We’re still the young guys so we take it under the chin with whatever the vets want us to do different things like run and get them something,’’ he said. “It’s all part of the game. it doesn’t matter how well we’re playing. We’re still rookies. We only have a couple more games left, so gotta enjoy it.’’