Broncos v. Jets Report Card

There was some concern about the Denver Broncos being flat against the struggling New York Jets, but they dominated the game in every way. The Broncos didn't let the distraction of having another game on Thursday at Dallas bother them, which is a credit to the veteran leadership on the team and the coaches. Read how the Broncos graded in last weekend's 27-0 shutout.

REPORT CARD VS. JETS

PASSING OFFENSE: B -- Quarterback Jake Plummer didn't throw a touchdown pass, but he played a controlled game. He didn't throw an interception for the eighth straight game. Plummer hit one long pass to Ashley Lelie, but for the most part the Broncos moved the ball through the air on slant passes and short curl routes. Plummer made some key third-down completions to keep drives alive.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- The Broncos controlled the ball for almost 43 minutes. Mike Anderson rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns and ran hard. He initiated contact many times and was always moving forward for extra yards. Tatum Bell went out of the game with a bruised chest, but fullback Cecil Sapp came in at tailback and had five carries for 21 yards.

PASS DEFENSE: A -- Vinny Testaverde had moments where he was moving the Jets but he also accounted for four turnovers. The Broncos didn't change their plan once they knocked Brooks Bollinger out of the game with a concussion. They came at Testaverde with an assortment of blitzes. Champ Bailey and John Lynch had interceptions.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- The Broncos did what they could against the run, considering the Jets abandoned it after falling behind early. New York rushed the ball seven times, an all-time record low for a Broncos opponent. Curtis Martin had 7 yards on four carries.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- Jason Elam hit both of his field-goal attempts despite a calf injury he suffered in pregame warm-ups. The Broncos didn't have many chances for returns considering the Jets punted well or were turning the ball over. Denver made one huge special teams play, causing a fumble on a kickoff return that quickly turned a 10-0 game into a 17-0 edge for the Broncos.

COACHING: A -- There was some concern about the Broncos being flat against a struggling opponent, but they dominated the game in every way. They took their first drive 95 yards on 17 plays, setting the tone for the rest of the game. The Broncos didn't let the distraction of having another game on Thursday at Dallas bother them, which is a credit to the veteran leadership on the team and the coaches.



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