Bears running back David Montgomery (32) dives in
for the touchdown as Denver Broncos outside
linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) blocks during the
second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept.
15, 2019, in Denver.
GREEN BAY — Von Miller
expects more from the Broncos' defense.
Following a last-second
Week 2 loss to the Bears, the three-time All-Pro edge
rusher said it was time to "get back in the lab and
Through two games, Denver
(0-2) hasn't forced a turnover or recorded a sack, both
uncharacteristic of a Miller-led defense. But first-year
coach Vic Fangio isn't worried.
"Not at this point,
OK," he said. "The only thing I will say is I
was disappointed in our rush in the last drive (on
Sunday), but prior to that in these first two games
they've been unusual games as it related to pass
pass-rusher Bradley Chubb and the rest of the Broncos
will look to get a victory this Sunday against the
Packers at Lambeau Field, a place where Denver has never
Aaron Rodgers, who for
the third straight week will be staring down yet another
prolific tandem of pass rushers, knows it's only a
matter of time before the Broncos' defense starts piling
up the sacks, especially with Fangio at the helm.
"He's a fantastic
coach," Rodgers said. "I'm happy for him to
get the opportunity after so many years being a great
assistant in the league. I haven't spent a lot of time
with him, but I have a ton of respect for the way he's
gone about his business over his career."
Fangio faced Rodgers-led
offenses seven times as Bears defensive coordinator from
2015-18. Fangio went 2-5 in those matchups, including a
1-4 mark in games played in Green Bay.
Fangio was in charge when
the Bears forced Rodgers out of the game and into the
locker room in the second quarter of the season opener
last season, only to watch the two-time MVP throw three
touchdowns and help the Packers overcame a 20-point
Packers left tackle David
Bakhtiari primarily will be dealt the task of slowing
down Chubb, who had 12 sacks last year as a rookie.
Right tackle Bryan Bulaga will be on Von Miller watch.
Miller is two sacks away from 100 for his career. He
would be the 34th player in NFL history to reach the
"They're very, very
good players," Bulaga said. "So regardless of
what their numbers say, that's not what bothers me. It's
watching tape of those guys win consistently, especially
for Von, being able to do it for, what, nine years now?
I mean, he's been doing it for a long time. He didn't
forget how to rush the passer. I can promise you
The Broncos held Rodgers
to 77 yards passing the previous time the teams met. But
that was way back in 2015 when Denver's defense was
leading the franchise to its third Super Bowl title and
sending Peyton Manning into retirement as a champion.
Only three defenders who started against the Packers
that game are still starting: OLB Von Miller, DE Derek
Wolfe and CB Chris Harris Jr. (the only returning
offensive starter is WR Emmanuel Sanders).
RB Aaron Jones had 116
yards and a touchdown on career-high 23 carries in the
Packers' win last week against the Vikings. Jones
figures to be a large part of coach Matt LaFleur's
offensive plans going forward as he continues to seek a
"When I first saw
him when he came up with them, I looked out and said,
'Where'd they get this guy?' Fangio said of Jones.
"And I think he was a sixth-round pick, and I'm
saying, 'Jeez.' He's powerful. He's got really good
balance. He runs tough. He's a capable pass receiver out
of the backfield. They do everything with him. They got
a steal there."
The Broncos haven't had
their full defense together so far with ILB Todd Davis
(calf) and CB Bryce Callahan (foot) missing the first
two games. Callahan was limited in practice and odds are
he won't be back for the Packers. But Davis, the team's
leading tackler last season, finally looks ready to
return to the lineup. He's been out since tearing his
left calf on the first day of training camp in July.
ALL EYES ON JIMMY
TE Jimmy Graham has been
unable to practice this week for Green Bay because of a
groin injury, which could affect his status for Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Packers signed TE Evan Baylis to the
The Broncos are bedeviled
over left tackle Garett Bolles' holding habit, which has
somehow gotten worse under the tutelage of Hall of Famer
After getting flagged
four times against Chicago in Week 2 — the most by any
NFL player in the past five seasons — Bolles disputed
some of the penalties and suggested he was the victim of
an undeserved reputation. That promoted backlash from
coaches, teammates and even GM John Elway, who asked,
"Does he know what holding is?"
acquire returner Trevor Davis from Packers
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The
Oakland Raiders have acquired wide receiver and
returner Trevor Davis in a trade with Green Bay for
an undisclosed 2020 draft pick.
The Raiders finalized
the deal Thursday to add depth with receiver and
returner Dwayne Harris dealing with an ankle injury.
Davis was originally
a fifth-round pick out of California by Green Bay in
2016. He has played 31 games, catching nine passes
for 122 yards and a touchdown. He has been primarily
used as a return specialist, averaging 11.2 yards on
punt returns and 22.6 yards on kickoff returns.
He played only two
games in 2018 because of a hamstring injury.
The Raiders waived DB
Juston Burris to make room on the roster.