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With Royce Freeman’s status uncertain, “Thank God we got the little guy”

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have had two of the NFL’s best one-two punches through the first seven weeks of the season.

Bradley Chubb and Von Miller have combined to terrorize opposing quarterbacks, especially in recent weeks, racking up a combined 14 sacks through seven games.

On the other side of the ball, Denver’s rookie one-two punch of Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay have jabbed their way to be a top 10 rushing attack in the league — averaging 125.1 yards per game on the ground — despite ranking in the bottom half of the league in rushing attempts.

“I think when Royce comes into the game—Here comes the big-bad Royce—it’s a heavy box most of the time. He’s getting heavier boxes and Phillip’s getting more fair boxes because of his skillset. It’s a good combination,” Broncos’ head coach Vance Joseph said, explaining the differences of Denver’s two main running backs.

“Phillip’s a good football player. It’s not an accident he’s making plays. He’s consistently made plays each week. Whatever he’s given each week, he’s making the best of.”

However, after Thursday night’s 45-10 beatdown of the Arizona Cardinals, the Broncos could be without their anointed “one” of the rookie one-two punch.



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