Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Broncos report card: Offense, defense run away after slow start to beat Jaguars

Offense – B

At one point, the Broncos scored five out of seven points on their way to convert a 7-0 deficit into a 20-7 lead. The start again left a bit to be desired – field goal, punt and punt – and the Broncos were 2 out of 11 in third place. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was again throwing the football (26 of 34 for 328 yards) and it was a career game for receiver Cortland Sutton, who set a career high in catches (nine) and yards (159). Life without a receiver Jerry Judy involved touching nine players. Noah Feint and Tim Patrick had a touchdown reception. But it was about Sutton, who took a catch from a torn ACL in his first game last week but now looks like a pro bowler.

Defense – B

No points were awarded after the first drive and two second-half takeaways for the defense as coach Vic Fangio improved to 19–9 against the rookie quarterback. Trevor Lawrence threw for only 118 yards, the Jaguars ran a zero red zone snap and the Broncos got interceptions from safety Kareem Jackson and cornerback Pat Suren II. Penalties are an issue and defensive end Dremont Jones should expect a penalty for Lawrence’s dangerous low hit. Anxiety hurts. Outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (ankle) and inside linebacker Josie Jewel (shoulder) left the game in the first half, testing the team’s depth.

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