The New York Jets came to play. Today's matchup at MetLife Stadium had all of the markings of a trap game. The Denver Broncos came out flat and unfocused. It wasn't easy, but the Broncos lead 17-7 going into halftime.
Von Miller is currently in the locker room being evaluated for a concussion, following a collision with Chris Ivory that saw Miller in coverage. Some in Broncos Country wonder what defensive coordinator, Jack Del Rio, was thinking him dropping him back, instead of using him to rush the passer.
Peyton Manning has been under constant duress, arguably the most pressure he's faced all season. The ferocious Jets front seven has managed to sack Manning twice already. The Broncos offensive line, and especially Manuel Ramirez (Manny), have struggled mightily thus far.
In his first career start, running back, Ronnie Hillman, has provided a real spark to a struggling Broncos running game. He has carried the ball 12 times for 52 yards, which puts him in striking distance of his first ever 100-yard game. Juwan Thompson, an UDFA, has contributed 2 carries for 8 yards. Both runners would have even more impressive stats, going into halftime, had the Broncos not been called for holding 3 times, wiping out some extended runs.
Manning has tossed two touchdowns thus far, both to Thomases. Demaryius and Julius are carrying over the momentum they established last week into this game. Well, Julius has had momentum all year long, with 7 touchdowns before today's game, it must be said. .
The Broncos defense, although they gave up a touchdown drive, has been the difference makers thus far. They've only allowed 82 total yards. DeMarcus Ware notched his 4th sack of the season, when he took down Geno Smith, at the expense of D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Hopefully, his partner in crime, Von Miller, can return for the 2nd half.
The Jets will get the ball to start the 3rd quarter. If the Broncos defense can continue their dominant effort, the Broncos will run away with this game.