On Sunday the New York Jets traveled to Denver to take on the Broncos. Both teams entered the game in last place in their respective divisions.
Sometimes in the NFL you just don’t see some games coming. This was one of them. Nothing about this game should have dictated what the final outcome was.
Denver entered 7-3 against the New York Jets at home since the AFL-NFL merger and had won four of their last five games overall against the Jets coming into Sunday.
However, the Broncos have really struggled this season and entered on an eight-game losing streak. They have also lost three straight home games.
Although the Jets entered losers of five of their last seven games, they still had shown that they were getting better, especially offensively, as the season had moved on.
That was not the case on Sunday.
The Broncos totaled dominated from start to finish as the New York Jets finally looked like the team the experts thought they were going to be when the season started. In the end what Jets fans saw was an absolute no show, as Gang Green was shut out for the first time since October 5, 2014 at San Diego.
Sunday was a horrible day to be a New York Jets fans and was major reason why this fan base absolutely has no confidence in ANY regime that runs this snake bit franchise
The Jets had 100 total yards on Sunday. That was the fewest yards for them since December 12, 1976 when they totaled 72 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in a 42-3 loss at Shea Stadium.
Here is how the game broke down.
Denver scored on their first possession when they took the opening kickoff and went 62 yards in 12 plays, culminating with a Brandon McManus 31-yard field goal.
On the Jets first possession, Josh McCown fumbled, giving the ball back to Denver at the Jets 20-yard line.
It took Denver just two plays to capitalize on the Jets mistake when Trevor Siemian hit Demayrius Thomas with a 20-yard TD pass to give Denver a 10-0 lead. That was the 25th TD pass the Jets have allowed on the season. Only the Broncos have allowed more (26).
The Jets went three and out on their next possession.
Denver then finished the first quarter with a 10-play, 40 yard drive. However, McManus hooked a 40-yard field goal to the left, negating the chance to give Denver a 13-0 lead.
The Bronco s outgained the Jets 117 to -14 in the first quarter and hand the ball for 11:58 compared to the Jets 3:02. That marked the first time since October 19, 2003 at Houston that the Jets finished with negative yards in the first quarter.
On the Jets next drive, Josh McCown converted a few third down conversions, including running for one, when he got hit and was knocked out of the game. Bryce Petty made his first appearance of the season for the Jets, taking over with the Jets on the Broncos 41-yard line on first and 10.
After the Jets ran just two plays (one and seven-yard completion and the other a penalty), McCown came back into the game, replacing Petty.
However, for the New York Jets perhaps McCown should have stayed on the bench. McCown’s first pass was intercepted as he was trying to connect with Robby Anderson on a fly pattern.
Entering the game the Broncos were a -16 in turnover differential. So far through 21 minutes, the Broncos were a+2.
For the first time today the Jets defense held the Broncos without a first down, forcing a three and out.
The Jets looking totally lost after McCown’s interception went back to struggling on offense and punted after failing to get a first down.
On Denver’s next drive a Jets penalty on third down extended their drive and the Broncos also converted a fourth and one to keep their drive going as the two-minute warning hit.
The Broncos drive ended at their 35-yard line when Brandon McManus connected on a 52-yard field goal to give the Broncos a 13-0 lead.
Leaving the Jets just 30 seconds to do anything, the Jets sat on the ball and went into the half down 13.
FIRST HALF STATS
The first half was an abortion for fans of the New York Jets.
NY JETS: 41
TIME OF POSSESSION
NY JETS: 11:05
Josh McCown: 3-6, 18 yards INT
Trevor Siemian: 11-18, 112 yards, TD
The first drive of the second half for the Jets was like most of their first half drives, as they totaled just 11 yards in five plays.
The Broncos then essentially put the game away with a 13-play 68-yard drive to give Denver a 20-0 lead.
After teams exchanged three and outs, the Jets put together their first real drive of the second half, but after eight plays and 37 yards they were stopped on fourth down. Bryce Petty once again replaced Josh McCown who was replaced after breaking his left wrist on a sack.
The rest of the game was inconsequential, as both teams kept exchanging three and outs.
The Jets totaled six three and outs and just six first downs. Enough said. This was a total embarrassment for the New York Jets
Josh McCown: 6-12, 46 yds, INT
Trevor Siemian: 19-31, 200 yards, TD
When the National Anthem finished.
Broncos pitch their first shutout since a 27-0 win on November 20, 2005 over…THE NEW YORK JETS!!!
The Jets travel to New Orleans next week.
Mark Kelly covers the New York Jets for ProFootballSpot.com. You can follow him on twitter @CkmagicSports. Looking for more Jets news and features? Like our Jets Facebook page and also follow @spot_jets on Twitter.