Von Miller isn’t messing around this week.
The Denver Broncos pass rusher had a brash message for the Cleveland Browns, calling out the depleted offensive line and guaranteeing a “great game” for himself when the two teams meet on Thursday Night Football.
“I will play well in this game,” Miller told reporters on Tuesday. “I’m (going to) to go off. It’s gonna be a good game for me. I don’t want to guarantee a win for my teammates, but I guarantee I have… I’m gonna have a great game.
“I’m gonna go out there and play well, get a couple sacks … I don’t know who the tackle I’m going against is, but I’m going to kill him.”
It is indeed true that Miller does not know who he will be going up against. Both Jedrick Wills and Jack Conklin are injured, leaving the Browns to resort to their second-string tackles.
James Hudson and Blake Hance filled in for the Browns during Sunday’s game against the Cardinals and may get the call again on Thursday night.
Miller has 4.5 sacks this season but has not recorded at least half a sack since a Week 4 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Broncos have won every game that Miller has had a sack in.
“I’m [going to] set us up to win this game for sure,” Miller added. “…If you look at this season, the first three games I had a couple sacks and we won’t those games. These last three games, I didn’t do as much. So, if I can play well and I can get sacks and I can find a way to disrupt the game, we’ll win. Pressure’s on me to play well. I will play well.”
Of course, Miller’s challenge could ultimately backfire as bulletin board material for a Browns team that needs a win after being blown out by the Cardinals on Sunday.
If Miller can get to Baker Mayfield, though, it may be a long night.