Clutch has been a common theme in defensive end Elvis Dumervil’s last five sacks, which date back to the start of Denver’s current five-game win streak.
Dumervil has five sacks in the last five games. Four of them have caused the opposing quarterback to fumble and all five have ended opponent drives – with two ending the game.
Going back to the team’s first matchup with San Diego in Week 6, his pair of second-half strip sacks were a catalyst in the 24-point comeback. His first one was recovered by cornerback Tony Carter, who took it 65 yards to the end zone to cut the Chargers’ lead to 10.
The second time Dumervil jarred the ball loose from Philip Rivers was the last time the Chargers quarterback would hold it that night. With less than a minute remaining in the game, Dumervil ended any hopes San Diego had of winning the game. He recorded the fourth-down strip sack and handed the ball to the offense, which ended the game from the victory formation.
In Cincinnati, Andy Dalton was the only quarterback to withstand a Dumervil sack without fumbling since Matt Schaub of Houston in Week 3. Still, it came on a third down late in the fourth quarter and forced the Bengals to settle for three.
Dumervil’s Week 10 sack on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was also followed up with a touchdown. This time, Newton recovered the fumble but Carolina was forced to punt. Wide receiver Trindon Holliday took that punt 76 yards for the score.
And at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, Dumervil once again shut the door on the Chargers’ hopes of a comeback. He sacked Rivers on the final play of the game in which San Diego was hoping to attempt a Hail Mary pass, securing the season sweep of San Diego.
While linebacker Von Miller leads the league with 13 sacks, there is a good chance Denver isn’t 7-3 with a three-game division lead if not for Dumervil’s clutch pass rushing as well.
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