The Denver Broncos are now 6-0 after an expected win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. But it wasn’t easy like everyone thought it would be.
The Broncos beat the winless Jaguars 35-19 on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
“Sometimes, you score a lot of points and people take it for granted,” Peyton Manning said via the teams website. “Even people in your own building can take it for granted. It’s not easy to win football games.
“I learned long ago never to take winning for granted and sometimes you have to remind your own players that it’s tough to win in the NFL. You’ve got good football players and teams with a lot of pride and a lot of professionalism. So we appreciate this win.”
Denver entered Sunday’s game against Jacksonville as 27-point favorites, according to OddsShark. But three turnovers kept the game within reach for the Jaguars.
“There was a lot of bad football out there,” receiver Wes Welker said. “We’ve got to correct that stuff and come out better next time.”
Manning went 28 for 42 for 295 yards with two touchdowns, but he fumbled twice and threw a pick-six late in the second quarter.
“A bad decision to throw on the interception giving them the touchdown,” Manning said via the team’s website. “I pulled out on a snap early under center, caused that fumble and then Manny had a low one on the shotgun play down there. Three turnovers as tough and then just had some things that we just didn’t execute as well. (There were) some good things as well that we can learn from and that’s what we have to do.”
Denver held just a two-point lead with 7:43 left in the third quarter until Knowshon Moreno scored late in the third and again in the fourth quarters to give the Broncos a 35-19 lead. Moreno had three touchdowns to account for all 21 points the Broncos scored in the second half.
“Knowshon was huge,” Manning said. “His red-zone running was huge. I thought the running game got going a little bit better second half.”
“Knowshon was awesome, especially down there in the red zone.”
The Broncos lost starting right tackle Orlando Franklin to injury in the third quarter. Starting right guard Louis Vasquez moved to right tackle and guard Chris Kuper came in to play right guard.
“Obviously we have our fingers crossed for Orlando,” Manning said. “You hate to see that, but you’ve got to go play. You have to go out there. I know ‘Kupe’ has been hungry to get out there. He’s worked real hard to get healthy and then pretty good versatility by Vasquez going to right tackle.”