Two weeks into the regular season, defensive end Elvis Dumervil had yet to record a sack. He was questioned all week about it, and repeated the same message every time.
“When it comes, it comes in bunches,” he said.
Dumervil went on to record five sacks in the next four games.
Following a season-high six takeaways against San Diego, the Denver defense believes that turnovers come in bunches as well, and that Monday night was only the beginning.
“Sacks and turnovers are kind of the same,” defensive end Derek Wolfe said. “Once you get one or two, they start coming in bundles. Hopefully we just keep it rolling.”
The team’s poor turnover differential, sitting at minus-6 heading into the matchup with the Chargers, was a key factor behind its 2-3 start. It was missing the big play.
But finally, the big plays came pouring in at the perfect time. Down 24-0 at halftime, the Broncos forced five turnovers in the second half, six in the game. Two of those turnovers, a fumble and an interception, were returned for touchdowns. On the night the defense forced and recovered two fumbles and intercepted four passes.
Safety Rahim Moore said the outburst began with players getting after the football in practice, which translated to the game.
“We were due, but it started in practice,” Moore said. “One thing about turnovers, once you get one they all come in bunches. We want to keep doing that. It seems the more turnovers we have, we always win the game.”
Harris recorded two of the team’s four passes on Monday night, running his second one back for his first career touchdown to seal the victory. Though it was a long time coming, Harris believes it’s only the beginning.
“We’ve been waiting the whole time to just get a big splurge on interceptions,” he said. “They come in bunches and I think we can keep them coming.”