Last season Denver Broncos opponents could avoid the "No Fly Zone" by gashing the defense on the ground.
"There's no defense in the NFL like us. We're the best. I'm not saying it ever left. We just let it slip a little," Marshall said, noting the disappointing run defense from a year ago. "But we're back. We're back."
The secondary was its normal buzzing self, but it was the dominant front seven that is the story of the day. Marshall corralled seven tackles, Von Miller added two late sacks of Dak Prescott. Perhaps the biggest difference between 2016 and 2017 is the play of Shaquil Barrett. Playing opposite Miller, Barrett was a force, with seven tackles and nine QB pressures, per Pro Football Focus.
"We slammed that box, man," cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "I was saying it all week. Now, I didn't tell y'all, but we knew Dak was going to have to throw for 300 yards to beat us. And we knew that wasn't going to happen."