The rejuvenated Broncos running game, which produced a season-high 189 yards in last week’s win over Miami, will face arguably their most difficult test Sunday against New Orleans.
The Saints, who have won seven consecutive games and are an NFC-best 8-2, are allowing only 74.3 yards rushing per game and 3.4 yards per carry, both second-best in the NFL.
In the last three games, the Saints have allowed eight rushing yards at Tampa Bay and 49 and 52 in home wins over San Francisco and Atlanta, respectively.
“Those guys up front just play really, really hard,” Broncos quarterback Drew Lock said after practice Wednesday. “It’s different when you have guys who are extremely talented and can get away with talent, but when you have a team that has guys who are extremely talented and bust their butt — and you can see how hard they’re working on film — that’s what this Saints defense is.
“You go down the lineup, you can name every single one of their players and they all play like it’s their first year in the league. Flying around. Hitting. Making the big plays.”
The Saints haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher this year (Las Vegas’ Josh Jacobs is tops at 88 yards in Week 2) and have allowed only two teams to reach 100 yards (Raiders 116, Los Angeles Chargers 111).
Fourteen Saints have at least one tackle for lost yardage in the run game. Linebacker…