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Packers not sleeping on Broncos’ sack specialists

Minnesota Vikings' Linval Joseph sacks Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

By KEITH JENKINS

AP Sports Writer

GREEN BAY, Wis. — 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 keep practicing.”

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 rush.”

Miller, fellow pass-rusher Bradley Chubb and the rest of the Broncos will look to get a victory Sunday against the Packers at Lambeau Field, a place where Denver has never won (0-5-1).

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.”

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 century mark.