Denver Broncos at New York Jets 10/12/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Broncos 31
Amid the Sunday schedule in the NFL’s Week 6, we had an AFC battle at MetLife Stadium between the reigning conference champion Broncos and the host Jets. Denver was coming into this one fresh off a big win over the Cardinals, while New York was still reeling from an embarrassing shutout at the hands of the Chargers.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and statistics in this one so that we can see why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll check out Week 7 to see what’s in store for both teams in the immediate future.
What Happened: The Jets had every opportunity to keep pace early on thanks to some gaffes by the Broncos, but they couldn’t capitalize. The scoring started on a 37-yard Brandon McManus field goal, however New York was able to respond on a 2-yard Jace Amaro pass from Geno Smith for a 7-3 lead after one.
Peyton Manning got to work in the second, tossing a 1-yard Demaryius Thomas TD to retake the lead. Late in the quarter, the other Thomas (Julius) posted a 22-yard TD haul of his own for a 17-7 Denver lead at the break.
In the third, Denver began to assert themselves further, and the Jets simply wilted. Julius Thomas struck again on another one of Manning’s TD passes, this one from four yards out. The Jets got a little bit of life later on, however. Nick Folk banged in a field goal to make it 24-10 Broncos after three.
New York cut it to seven on an Eric Decker TD pass from two yards out midway through the fourth. They had some chances to tie later in the quarter, but couldn’t capitalize on either side of the ball. After what should have been a game-ending safety, a late Smith interception run back for a pick-six by Aqib Talib would seal the game for a 31-17 Broncos victory.
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The Stars: We’ll start with the obvious here, Mr. Peyton Manning (237 yards; three touchdowns). He could very well surpass Brett Favre’s career pass touchdowns mark next week on national television. Make sure to tune in for that one. Julius Thomas was also a big winner here, showcasing just how dominant he’s become in the last two seasons.
On the other side, there’s not a whole lot to get excited about. Amaro showed some real flash (10 grabs; 68 yards; TD) and could develop into a stellar AFC tight end if this team can show some life in the next few years. For the most part, Smith didn’t make any mistakes, which is all the Jets could ask after last week’s debacle.
The Goats: Sure, we could plant all sorts of barbs against the lowly Jets here, pointing out how their normally-strong running game was awful (20 yards between the three backs) and their normally-strong running defense was equally so (138 rush yards allowed), but that’s no fun.
Instead, we’ll point out Denver’s foot-shooting mistakes, most notably the penalties (11 for 101 yards), which kept a victory from being a lopsided blowout.
Injuries: Lots of banged-up players in this one. Jets CB Dee Milliner injured his ankle on the Broncos’ opening field goal. Things didn’t look good as he came off the field, making it a devastating blow to the New York defense. OG Brian Winters was hurt late in the third (knee). Greg Salas took a vicious hit to the legs in the fourth and limped off the field. Broncos LB Danny Trevathan hurt himself in the first quarter but was able to walk off the field. Von Miller came up hurt late in the first half (possible concussion).
Outlook: The Jets won’t get much rest heading into Week 7. They’re set to head to Foxboro to face their AFC East rival Patriots on Thursday (8:25 PM ET on CBS).
As for the Broncos, they’ll get a primetime game as well, hosting the 49ers on “Sunday Night Football.” (8:30 PM ET on NBC.)
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