REPORT CARD VS. JAGUARS
PASSING OFFENSE: C -- There wasn't a completed pass of more than 14
yards, but the Broncos get a passing grade because Jake Plummer didn't
throw any passes to the Jaguars. The Broncos are not taking many
chances on offense because their defense is playing so well and their running
game is coming around.
RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- Not many teams control the game on the ground
against Jacksonville, but Denver did. They rushed for 188 yards and ate
up the clock. That kept Denver's defense fresh for the second half.
Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell each look like they'll contribute a lot this
PASS DEFENSE: A -- Considering that the Broncos were without both
starting cornerbacks, they did a phenomenal job. Jaguars quarterback
Byron Leftwich had 240 yards, but a lot of that came late and only a
45-yard touchdown to Jimmy Smith hurt the Broncos. Denver intercepted two
RUSH DEFENSE: A -- The Broncos allowed only 12 rushing yards on 11
carries. They took the Jaguars out of their game plan early, even though
they didn't take a two-touchdown lead until the final minute of the
first half. Jacksonville simply didn't have anywhere to run and abandoned
their running game.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C-minus -- The Broncos missed a couple of field goals
in the first quarter, but it didn't ultimately hurt them, and Jason Elam rebounded to hit two big field goals in the fourth quarter. There
weren't many big plays for or against the Broncos in the return game.
COACHING: A -- The Broncos had a Patriot-like coaching effort. They
used just about everyone on the roster to pull out a win. They had
rookies playing key roles in the secondary with both starting cornerbacks
out, but the rookies were prepared well. The coaches pushed the right
buttons and their offensive game plan worked well.
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