This game was a lot closer than initially thought. Jacksonville looked like a real NFL team against a championship caliber team in the Denver Broncos. Denver didn't really break away from Jacksonville until the 4th quarter and they needed a fake punt to do that. That's a win. That is a frickin' win. Peyton Manning was held under 300 yards (barely) and threw an interception. Pretty impressive for a guy with nearly 2000 yards, 20 touchdowns and only 1 interception coming into the game. They also limited the big play against an offense with dangerous weapons in Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas. The run defense played very well a midst 3 rushing touchdown's from Knowshon Moreno. Jacksonville created 3 turnovers, but only came away with 1 QB hit. They still lack a solid pass rush, but it's tough getting past this Denver O-Line. Jonathan Cyprien continued to improve and the defense looked decent against one of the top offenses in the NFL.
Chad Henne didn't look horrible as he has a receiver in Justin Blackmon to go to every single down, but he certainly didn't look good. Those two have quite the chemistry. Blackmon recorded 14 receptions for 190 yards. That's monster. Henne had 303 passing yards but came away with no touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Still better statistics than Blaine Gabbert will EVER put up. He was only sacked twice and there were only 4 QB hits. That's pretty solid as well. Jacksonville had trouble getting the run game going but Maurice Jones-Drew came away with 71 yards and a touchdown against a pretty solid defense. Mike Brown made some nice plays today even with a broken back.
I'm walking away pretty satisfied with this game. Jacksonville stayed in it for a long time and only got beat by 16 points. That's two scores. Compared to a predicted 28 point spread this week. Look for the secondary to continue to progress and improved play on offense. The Jags are on the verge of playing like a semi-decent team, but still have a boatload of stuff to work on. Correction, a shipload. There are a lot of problems they need to work on, but next week they have somewhat of a tough foe in San Diego. If the secondary can hold Phillip Rivers honest and the offense can get going, we could possibly come out of this one with a W.