DENVER, CO - AUGUST 20: Linebacker Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos sacks quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills for a loss at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 20, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
When the Bengals take the field in Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High (lame name), their offense will go up against a defense that could be without one of the their pass rushing weapons, Elvis Dumervil. Dumervil, entering his fifth season, has 43 career stats, including 17 in 2009, but thanks to a shoulder injury, he's missed practice for two straight days and is unlikely to play on Sunday.
However, the Bengals will still need to worry about the second overall pick from the 2011 NFL Draft, linebacker Von Miller. Miller had 10.5 sacks in his senior season at Texas A&M along with 17.5 tackles for loss. That doesn't really compare to his junior season, though, when he sacked the opposing quarterback 17 times. Those sacks earned him a spot with the Broncos who were the worst team at getting to the passer in 2010.
When The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy asked The Denver Post's Lindsay Jones who the Bengals should be worried about, it wasn't a surprise that the answer was Miller.
Pass rush and play-making from Von Miller. The No. 2 overall draft pick will likely be without his partner, Elvis Dumervil, but Miller showed right away in the opener that he will be a factor immediately. He forced a fumble on the Broncos first defensive snap. Miller is still looking for his first sack.
The Bengals didn't need to worry about a guy like Miller when they faced the Browns and they still allowed four sacks and a hit on Dalton that knocked him out of the game. They're going to have to be better to keep Dalton safe. That may mean leaving a running back in the backfield with Dalton at all times or maybe playing with an extra tight end that can stay in and block.
While I'm sure that Miller will get his fair share of sacks, I'd hate to see his first career sack come against Dalton on Sunday.