FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2011, file photo, Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie (12) is sacked by Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil (92) and outside linebacker Von Miller (58) during the third quarter of an NFL football game in Denver. Dumervil and Miller figured they would have more sacks in 2012 when the Broncos lured both Jack Del Rio and Peyton Manning to Denver. They were right, having dumped quarterbacks almost 30 times so far. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)The Associated Press
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) is sacked by Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil (92) in the third quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)The Associated Press
FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2012, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning sets up to throw a pass against the Cleveland Browns in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Denver. Manning was selected to the Pro Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)The Associated Press
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos lead the NFL with 48 sacks, and all those crumpled quarterbacks can blame not only Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller but also Jack Del Rio and Peyton Manning.
Dumervil and Miller have 28 1/2 sacks, earning the league's most prolific pass-rushing tandem return trips to the Pro Bowl — although they're determined to spend that all-star weekend preparing for the Super Bowl in New Orleans rather than enjoying the sand, surf and sun.
Miller's outlandish athletic ability and Dumervil's freakishly long arms that give him built-in leverage on every tackle he faces are two of the biggest reasons for the Broncos' league-best 10-game winning streak.
In their eyes, though, the credit for all these sacks goes to the team's two biggest offseason additions, Del Rio and Manning.