Broncos, Raiders explain challenges of facing Mack, Miller ahead of matchup

Khalil Mack and Von Miller finished first and second, respectively, in Defensive Player of the Year voting last season. With the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos sporting identical records ahead of Sunday's pivotal divisional clash, both teams outlined the difficulties of stopping the superstar pass-rushers.

Mack has been in top form, recording 16 tackles and two sacks, while Miller is playing some of the best football of his career, with 12 tackles and three sacks. Miller and Mack grade out as the second- and third-best edge rushers by Pro Football Focus thus far, and both teams are having trouble figuring out how to stop their opponent.

"They've competed well against the speed-rushers," Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said to ESPN's Jeff Legwold. "That's a huge issue in this league, blocking speed-rushers, and obviously Mack is a special player. We have a game plan to block Mack - it won't be on just those guys to block him one-on-one all the time. But again, you can't help both guys, from time to time they're going to have to do their job and block him one-on-one."

Several Raiders also explained why Miller has been so dominant throughout his career.

"It's pretty self-explanatory," Mack said. "Von's got a hell of a get-off, and he can bend that corner like nobody else in the league. .. I'm more of a physical guy in that approach - not taking that away from him - but that's what I utilize the most, in most cases."

The Raiders' offense remains in awe of Miller, as well.

"You can’t pinpoint one thing, because he can do everything,” Raiders left tackle Donald Penn said of Miller to Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle. "He plays the run, he can rush the passer, he drops into coverage. He can change direction like a DB and he’s fast like some linebackers. He gets a great jump off the line."

"It’s freakish," Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said Wednesday. "I was like, 'Do I still do my drop?' What do you do? ... Man, he’s an amazing player."

With a chance to ascend through the hotly contested AFC West, both the Broncos and Raiders will be keenly aware of where Mack and Miller are, on every possession.

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