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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — When Broncos linebacker Alex Singleton dove on Josh Allen’s fumble at the end of the third quarter Monday night, shoving aside Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs in the process, he sparked another raucous celebration for Denver’s ball-hawking defense

But that was nothing compared to the spontaneous party that erupted in Thousand Oaks, Calif. As Singleton’s dad and brother watched the national broadcast on their patio TV, they jumped up and down at the sight of the linebacker emerging from the pile with the ball. Then, they honored the play in what has become their traditional way. Fully clothed — shirts, pants, socks — the two men hurled themselves into the nearby family pool. It’s something they’ve done after every turnover Singleton has forced across the past “three or four” seasons.

“In California (on Monday night), it was high 40s, so the pool was pretty cold,” Singleton said with a laugh Thursday as he and the Broncos (4-5) wrapped up practice in preparation for Sunday’s prime-time game against the Minnesota Vikings (6-4). “It had been a while since I had gotten one, so I wasn’t really thinking about it. So when I got back (in the locker room) and saw their video, it was pretty cool.”

“It’s everything,” Broncos coach Sean Payton said of the dramatic shift in his team’s turnover equation. “It was the difference (against the Bills). Our defensive takeaways, honestly, it’ll be the key for us as we move forward these next few weeks. The margins in our league are so close. Let’s say there are 12 possessions per team, on average. There might be a little more or less. I get a takeaway, that means I have 13 (possessions) and you have 11. I get one more, I have 14, you have 10. You just start doing that math. We knew it was going to be really significant here.”

The way the Broncos are forcing turnovers, it may be just a matter of time before members of Singleton’s family are taking another polar plunge. Denver has nine takeaways in its past two games, its most in a two-game span since 1992. The Singleton fumble recovery was one of four turnovers forced by Denver’s defense against the Bills. Since Week 4, when a strip-sack of Justin Fields turned into a game-changing touchdown for Denver’s defense, the Broncos lead the NFL with 15 takeaways. Turnover margin has been central to Denver’s turnaround following a 1-5 start. The Broncos are plus-8 in the turnover department during their three-game winning streak, and they’ve enjoyed a plus-13 edge in points created off turnovers.

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