Week 11 Game Recap: New York Jets 0, Denver Broncos 27
What you need to know
The Jets have been outscored 57-3 in their last two games. During that time period, the last 15 Jet possessions have resulted in ten turnovers, three punts, and, most importantly, no points. The Jets have now lost five straight games and seven consecutive regular season road games. What was once prognosticated to be a promising season has been reduced to little more than hoping for a prime draft position.
The Broncos dominated the first half. At halftime the Jets had three first downs and had run only 13 plays. Time of possession was 6:21 for the Jets and 23:39 for the Broncos. New Yorkís exhausted defense did well to hold the Broncos to 17 first half points considering how long it was on the field.
New Yorkís offense lost starting quarterback, Brooks Bollinger, to a concussion after two series and struggled to sustain drives all day long. Vinny Testaverde replaced Bollinger and was credited with all four of the Jetsí offensive turnovers.
The second half was not much better for the Jets. The Broncos added another ten points. When the game was over, the Jets had totaled ten first downs and a measly 17:32 of possession time. Furthermore, Vinny Testaverde went down with an injury to his leg / ankle. Kliff Kingsbury, who had not thrown an NFL pass, was forced to finish the game at quarterback.
Rookie Justin Miller fumbled a kickoff return for the second consecutive game.
The Broncos took control of this game early and never relinquished it. After holding the Jets on the initial possession of the game, Denver started at its own five yard line and marched methodically down the field. Mike Andersonís one yard touchdown run capped off a 17 play 95 yard drive. The Broncos made eight first downs and took 9:34 off the clock during the drive. Denver took another 9:26 off the clock when their next possession culminated in a 26 yard Jason Elam field goal. The offense came right back onto the field after the Jetsí Justin Miller fumbled the kickoff return and needed just two more plays for Mike Anderson to secure the second of his three rushing touchdowns. After another New York turnover, the Broncos had a nine play drive that was stopped at the Jetsí one yard line when coach Mike Shanahan shunned the short field goal attempt and opted instead to try for the touchdown with just three seconds remaining in the second quarter. Shanahanís gamble did not pay off as Jake Plummer was flushed from the pocket and his attempted pass to Kyle Johnson fell harmlessly out of bounds as the first half expired. Nevertheless, the damage had been done: The Broncos led 17-0 at the half, possessed the ball for 23:39, and ran 43 plays compared to 13 for the Jets. Denver scored on their first three drives and was stopped at the one yard line on its other first half possession.
The Broncosí offense did not dominate to quite the same extent in the second half, but did add another ten points, which was more than enough as the Denver defense pitched its first shutout since 1997. The Jets never penetrated deeper than the Broncosí 29 yard line. Denverís defense intercepted Vinny Testaverde twice and recovered two of his fumbles in the game. (The special teams also recovered a Justin Miller fumble).
Jake Plummer continued his streak of consecutive passes thrown without an interception to 219, which places him eighth on the NFLís all-time list in that category. He has not thrown an interception since week 2 against the Chargers. Plummer was efficient and managed the Broncos' offense to near perfection in the first half, when he was 14-19 for 144 yards. He only threw seven passes in the second half completing four of them for 81 yards.
Denverís running back by committee approach was decidedly one sided. Mike Anderson had the bulk of the carries and made good use of them, running 26 times for 113 yards and three touchdowns. Tatum Bell, who came into the game leading the league with a 6.3 yards per carry average, was held to 34 yards on ten attempts. Bell left the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury.
Denver has won eight of its last nine games and has a streak of eight consecutive home wins.
What you ought to know
Testaverde replaced the injured Brooks Bollinger. Though he completed 15 of 25 passes, he was unable to lead the Jets on any scoring drives and was responsible for all four of the Jetís offensive turnovers. Testaverde was credited with a fumble on a botched exchange with center Pete Kendall. He also fumbled when sacked by Ian Gold in the third quarter and threw two interceptions. Testaverdeís mobility is almost nonexistent, making him a sitting duck and leading to fumbling problems. Testaverde re-injured his bothersome leg late in the game and collapsed to the turf without being hit. He was able to walk off the field, but you have to wonder if he will be able to play again.
Bollinger started the game, but played only in the first quarter; he was forced to leave the game after suffering an apparent concussion after an Al Wilson sack. Bollinger remained in the game for two more plays after he suffered the injury, throwing a deep incompletion to Justin McCareins and hitting Doug Jolley for a four yard gain. He did not return for the Jetís next offensive series. Bollinger showed some quickness by scrambling for seven yards, when he could find nobody open on a third and six play.
Third string quarterback, Kingsbury, replaced the injured Vinny Testaverde with just over one minute left in the game. He threw his first two NFL passes. The first was an attempted screen pass that was knocked down at the line. His second attempt was a 17 yard completion to Dante Ridgeway on a fourth down and 21. The pass was slightly underthrown, costing Ridgeway any chance at gaining the first down.
Martin came into the game needing only 26 rushing yards for 14,000 in his career. He did not get them. With the Jets trailing and unable to sustain drives for most of the game, Martin was given only four attempts and gained seven yards, his lowest rushing total since 2002.
Fullback, Sowell caught two passes for a total of eight yards.
Houston had the first reception of his NFL career. He did not have any rushing attempts.
McCareins was the Jetsí most targeted receiver and led the team in receiving yardage for the game. His receptions went for 16, 6, 18, 14, and 19 yards. Two of the receptions came on balls that were thrown high necessitating McCareins to leap for acrobatic catches. McCareins also had an eight yard run on a reverse on the Jetsí first offensive play of the game and with that run was the leading rusher for the Jets. McCareins unsuccessfully was targeted deep three times, once by Bollinger and twice by Testaverde.
Coles had a team leading six receptions with a long gain of 18 yards. He also had receptions of 15 and 18 yards.
Rookie, Dante Ridgeway, had his first and second career receptions for nine and 17 yards.
Cotchery had a short four yard reception in the last two minutes of the game.
Dreessen had his first career NFL reception.
Starting tight end Doug Jolley had only one four yard reception.
Nugent did not have any scoring opportunities.
The Broncos ran the ball a whopping 47 times (The Jets only had 43 offensive plays) for 196 yards, a 4.2 yard average. New York did a good job of controlling Tatum Bell, Denverís big play back, holding him to 34 yards on ten attempts, but Mike Anderson ran 26 times for 113 yards and was never stopped for a loss. Jake Plummer had the longest run of the day, a 17 yard scramble that nearly resulted in a touchdown. Jonathan Vilma had 11 tackles, two assists, and a forced fumble for the Jets.
The Jetsí pass defense allowed Jake Plummer to complete 18 of 26 passes for 225 yards. Though the Jets sacked him three times, he generally had ample time to throw the ball where he wanted. Plummerís 49 yard completion to Ashley Lelie is the longest pass play the Jet defense has given up all season. Kerry Rhodes had eight tackles, two assists, and a sack. Victor Hobson contributed six tackles, two assists, and a sack. Ty Law also added a sack.
|QB Jake Plummer, Pass: 18 - 26 - 225 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 25 - 0|
Plummer finished this game without an interception and has now thrown 219 consecutive passes without completing one to the wrong team. He has thrown only three interceptions on the season, which represents an amazing turnaround for a quarterback who tied for a league worst 20 interceptions thrown last season. Plummer spread his completions to eight different receivers. His long pass was a 49 yard completion to a wide open Ashley Lelie. Lelie did a nice job of coming back to catch the underthrown ball. Plummer also contributed 25 rushing yards. He showed some nifty moves, making a couple of Jet defenders miss on a 17 yard scamper to the New York one yard line. Plummer did lose a fumble; as he was trying to stretch the ball forward for a first down, Jonathan Vilma stripped it.
|RB Mike Anderson, Rush: 26 - 113 - 3, Rec: 3 - 16 - 0 (3 targets)|
Anderson was the more successful runner in the Broncosí committee system. He was effective in converting short yardage situations and contributed three touchdown runs. Anderson steadily chipped away at the Jet defense; his long run of 15 yards was his only carry for more than ten yards. However, Anderson did not have any carries that lost yardage.
|RB Tatum Bell, Rush: 10 - 34 - 0, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (4 targets)|
Bell entered the game leading NFL in yards per carry, but was unable to break off any runs for big gains. He finished with only 34 yards on ten carries with a long run of seven yards. Bell left the game in the third quarter after landing hard on his right shoulder. Bell had a 20 yard touchdown reception call back on a play where he stepped out of bounds and then returned to the field of play.
Sapp had five carries late in the game in relief of Anderson. His long attempt went for a ten yard gain.
Johnson was targeted twice (once in the end zone), but did not have any receptions.
The reliable Smith led the Broncos in receptions. Four of his five catches resulted in first downs.
Lelie led the Broncos in targets and receiving yards. His long reception went for 49 yards on a play where he was about 15 yards behind the New York secondary, but Plummer underthrew the ball and Lelie had to comeback just to make a nice catch on the ball. Lelie dropped one pass.
Adams made a leaping one-handed catch at the back of the end zone, but the ball was overthrown and he could not come down in bounds. He had a five yard reception to the Jetsí one yard line on the very next play. Adams later added a 16 yard catch. His other target came on a slant route. The ball may have been slightly overthrown (but was probably catchable) and went off his fingertips. He also had one rushing attempt on a reverse.
Devoe contributed one nine yard grab.
Alexander had one nine yard reception.
Putzier found himself open for a nice gain of 26 yards down the middle of the Jet defense on his only target.
Elam, who appeared to be hampered slightly by a sore hamstring, still had a perfect afternoon converting on field goal attempts of 26 and 47 yards. Elam hit all three of his extra point attempts. The Broncos converted two of three fourth down plays instead of opting for long field goal attempts.
The Broncos allowed the Jets only 22 yards on the ground on seven attempts. The low number of attempts was largely due to the Jets trailing for most of the game. Nevertheless, the defense deserves credit for dominating the Jets, holding New York to 10 first downs and only 17:32 seconds of possession time.
The Denver pass defense held the Jets to 173 net passing yards. Though the Jets completed 20 of 32 passes, their average gain per pass attempt was only 4.8 yards. Furthermore, John Lynch and Champ Bailey each intercepted passes and Ian Gold sacked Testaverde and forced a fumble that was recovered by Michael Myers. Myers contributed a sack of his own as did Marco Coleman. Al Wilsonís sack of Brooks Bollinger left the Jetsí starting quarterback with a concussion effectively knocking him out of the game.