When I first saw the 28-point, NFL record-tying spread the Denver Broncos were favored in the game against Jacksonville on Sunday, I thought it was outrageous, but also very plausible. So, as I am sure most of us in pick ’em leagues did, I went with the Broncos. I, too, was not expecting a fight out of the Jaguars.
Though the Jaguars did play well, especially receiver Justin Blackmon, who had 190 yards receiving matched up against Champ Bailey, who returned to the field this week after a preseason injury, you cannot ignore the three turnovers, two of which resulted in Jaguar scores, for being a major factor in how close the final score was.
“The turnovers and everything else was not the type of football we need to play and not the type of football that we’re capable of playing,” wide receiver Wes Welker said.
“At the end of the day, a win is a win. But we know we could play a lot better,” said wide receiver Eric Decker.
Unfortunately, due to a possible over-celebration of my college football team win on Saturday, I had missed the first-half, where both Welker and tight end Julius Thomas put the Broncos up 14-12 before the half. If I hadn’t have checked the stats, I would have thought Knowshon Moreno had all of the touchdowns after seeing his performance in the second half.
New game plan: when you are 10-yards out or less from the goal line, hand the ball to Moreno, who had three touchdowns in the second-half from the 1-yard line, the 8-yard line, and the 3-yard line.
Fortunately, the Broncos weren’t the only ones making mistakes on the offensive side of the ball as linebacker Danny Trevathan once again got his hands on the ball for a defensive turnover. Cornerback Kayvon Webster also had an interception for the Denver defense.
Though the Broncos are 6-0 now for the season, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed in myself for jumping on the notion that the Broncos would cover the spread with so much ease. I don’t even want to discuss my record in the pick ’em league.
The Denver Broncos head to Indianapolis this week for the Sunday night game to take on Andrew Luck and the team that gave Quarterback Peyton Manning his lone Superbowl ring. Lineback Von Miller will also be suited up for the game, having completed his six-game suspension. Kickoff is at 6:30 MDT.