The Broncos (2-4) blasted their way to seven sacks

DENVER (AP) — On a day the Denver Broncos honored their past Cheap Dalton Risner Jersey , their current roster put on a good, old-fashioned defensive destruction of the Tennessee Titans. and three interceptions while sending Marcus Mariota to the bench and then stifling his backup, Ryan Tannehill, too, in a 16-0 win, their first shutout in two years.They allowed just 204 yards on a day they honored recent Hall of Fame inductee Champ Bailey and other members of their all-time top 100 team including Rich “Tombstone” Jackson, Dennis Smith and Karl Mecklenburg.Article continues below ...“I had it in my mind to put on a show for those guys,” said cornerback Chris Harris Jr., whose interception just before halftime snapped Mariota’s streak of 206 passes without being picked off. “Especially Champ, I told him I’d give him my football from my 20th pick.”This marked the first time Denver had seven sacks and three interceptions in a game since Sept. 16, 1984. It also happened three times in the 1970s and twice in the 1960s.Mariota was sacked three times and he was benched after Justin Simmons’s interception early in the third quarter led to the game’s only touchdown , a 2-yard run by Phillip Lindsay that made it 13-0.“I was inaccurate today, didn’t give our guys a chance to make plays,” said Mariota, who was just 7-for-18 for 63 yards and a paltry passer rating of 9.5.“We’re just trying to find a way to move the football, score some points,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “Our defense was forcing them to kick field goals. We gave up the touchdown, but I felt like we were in the game and we needed to find a way to score.”No such luck.Tannehill was sacked four times and picked off by Kareem Jackson on Tennessee’s final drive, which reached the Denver 5-yard line before two offensive penalties and a sack pushed the Titans (2-4) back to the 30-yard line.“We were very pumped ,” Harris said of Jackson’s interception with 1:30 remaining, which allowed Joe Flacco to kneel out the clock. “We wanted a shutout.”“It’s a lot of fun when you dominate, especially when you start the way we did,” Jackson said of Denver’s slow September in which they went three games without a sack and four without a takeaway. “We felt like we were close. We felt like we had to make one or two more plays and things would start to swing in our direction.”Tannehill was 13 of 16 for 144 yards but much of that came with the Broncos protecting the end zone late.“I just wasn’t good enough,” Tannehill said. “We failed to put points on the board. You’re not going to win any games if you can’t put points on the board.”The Broncos, who haven’t allowed a touchdown in nine quarters, host Kansas City (4-2) on Thursday night with the chance to get back into the AFC West race after starting the Vic Fangio era with four frustrating losses.“I’m hyped up,” Harris said. “I can’t wait. I’m ready for the Chiefs.”BIG ADDITIONThe Broncos’ winning streak coincides with the insertion of ILB Alexander Johnson into the starting lineup. Last week, he made his first start since Nov. 15, 2004, for Tennessee vs. Kentucky, and recorded nine tackles and an end zone interception against the Chargers. On Sunday, he had a team-leading nine tackles, two QB hits, 1½ sacks and a tackle for loss.“He’s been killing it since he stepped in, and I’m happy for him Von Miller Jersey ,” said Von Miller, who got half a sack.Also collecting sacks for Denver were: DeMarcus Walker (two), Derek Wolfe (two) and Shelby Harris.“It’s great,” Miller said. “We just kept chipping away. You hit the rock 100 times and on the 101st blow it cracks for us. It’s good to have so many guys have so much success today. We had three picks. Turnovers have been evading us all season long.”PUNT PRACTICEBoth Denver and Tennessee were 2 of 14 on third downs, leading to 17 punts.The first half featured more flags (10) and punts (11) than points (six), which came on two field goals by Brandon McManus, whose 53-yarder ended a skid in which he’d missed seven straight from beyond 50 yards.HALL OF FAMEAt halftime, Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker presented Hall of Fame rings to Bailey and the family of late owner Pat Bowlen. Also, Bailey was inducted as the 33rd member of the team’s Ring of Fame.INJURIESTitans ILB Jayon Brown (groin) left the game on Tennessee’s second defensive snap.Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders sat out the second half with a knee injury.UP NEXTTitans: Host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.Broncos: Host the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night. Since the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 and quarterback Peyton Manning limped off into the sunset, Denver has had a tough time finding a good quarterback. G.M. John Elway acknowledged that on Wednesday.“It’s a hard position to fill,” Elway told reporters, via comments distributed by the team. “We tried to shake all these trees around here the last four years and quarterbacks didn’t fall out of it. It’s difficult, but we’ve taken a lot shots. We’ve tried a lot of different situations, and I’ve felt like that was the way to go until we got it solidified. Hopefully with Joe [Flacco] this year, we’ve got it solidified with Drew [Lock] learning underneath him. It’s been a battle, but this league is a battle. It’s a tough situation, especially at that position. We’re excited or at least I’m excited about where we are at that position now.”Elway also reiterated something he first said earlier this year about the current state of Flacco’s career.“We just felt that with Joe coming in, getting him in a trade, and where he is in his career, we feel like he’s in his prime,” Elway said. “At least we hope he is. To have a young guy like Drew learn under him and be able to kind of solidify that position for a while — obviously we’ve been looking for one since Peyton [Manning] retired. That’s always a difficult position to fill, but we finally feel pretty good about that position and where we are.”It’s clear, if it wasn’t already, that Flacco is the guy.“I think that what Joe proved and showed everybody on our football team was that he can be that guy,” Elway said. “Our team has really responded to him well, and I think Joe’s ready to take that spot over. He’s going to make our defense better, and what’s going to make our defense better is that we’re going to play better on the offensive side, which is the goal, because we’ve struggled there the last couple years. If we play as well as we think we can on the offensive side, it’ll make us that much better on defense.”Elway also thinks that Flacco’s return to a familiar system coupled with the fact that the Ravens gave up on him will provide motivation.“Joe’s best years were in that system,” Elway said. “Combining all that with Joe — anytime you get traded midway in your career or two-thirds of the way through your career, you’ve got something to prove.”Flacco has something to prove. And the Broncos have plenty to prove, in a division where it won’t be easy to prove much of anything. For the first time since the early ’70s, the Broncos have had back to back losing seasons. Elway is counting on Flacco to keep that streak from running to three.