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Week 14 Game Recap: New York Jets 0, Denver Broncos 23


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New York Jets

For the first time this season, the Jets were non-competitive. The offense only mustered 100 total yards and the defense made Denver's offense seem competent. Josh McCown played very poorly; he committed two early turnovers, suffered a back injury, and broke his left hand in the third quarter. Bryce Petty took a few snaps in relief, but missed easy throws. Todd Bowles has done a great job keeping his team competitive, but today's performance falls on his shoulders.

Denver Broncos

Starting guard Ron Leary missed week 14 with an injury, as did QB Paxton Lynch. Kick returner/receiver Isaiah McKenzie was a healthy scratch after his sixth fumble of the year in week 13. Denver's defense pitched a shutout, forcing two turnovers and allowing only three 3rd down conversions. Adam Gotsis recovered a Josh McCown fumble during the Jets' first possession of the game. Darian Stewart intercepted Josh McCown early in the 2nd quarter. Brandon McManus missed a short field goal attempt at the beginning of the 2nd quarter, but drilled a 53 yard attempt minutes at the end of the 1st half.

New York Jets

QB Josh McCown, 29 offensive snaps, Pass: 6 - 12 - 46 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 7 - 0
Josh McCown suffered back and hand injuries against Denver. In fact, he broke his left hand after absorbing a big hit from Shane Ray. Bryce Petty relieved McCown, but didn't inspire any confidence. Before exiting the game, McCown played very poorly. He threw an ugly interception and took multiple hits from Denver's ferocious front. Every part of the offense was terrible - and McCown's hand injury was a fitting end to a terrible afternoon.

QB Bryce Petty, 21 offensive snaps, Pass: 2 - 9 - 14 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0
Petty entered this game twiceˇonce in the second quarter and for the remainder of the game in third quarter. In the second quarter, McCown suffered a back injury and Petty played in relief. Later in the third quarter, Petty took over the injured McCown. Petty missed some easy throws, overshooting open receivers. It was his first game action of the year, so some rust was expected.

RB Bilal Powell, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 35 - 0
Bilal Powell was the lone Ĺbright spot' on offense. He had a long run of 12 yards on a stretch play.

RB Matt Forte, 26 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 13 - 0, Rec: 2 - 21 - 0 (3 targets)
Matt Forte was contained on the ground and made two passes on designed screen passes.

RB Elijah McGuire, 1 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -3 - 0
Elijah McGuire suffered an ankle injury. His status is worth monitoring.

WR Robby Anderson, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 27 - 0 (6 targets)
Even the admirable Robby Anderson was unable to overcome this mess. New York's wide receivers were complete afterthoughts, but Anderson still made a few plays. Anderson had a long catch of 14 yards on a sideline route.

WR Jermaine Kearse, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (6 targets)
Jermaine Kearse only caught one pass on a short crossing route.

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (4 targets)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins had just one catch for 1 yard.


Denver Broncos

QB Trevor Siemian, 70 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 31 - 200 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 13 - 0
Siemian and the offense weren't great, but they were able to capitalize on a couple of Jets turnovers that gave them good field position. Denver built an early lead and held on behind a great defensive effort. Siemian led the Broncos down the field on their first possession of the game, overthrowing Demaryius Thomas in the end zone before eventually settling for a short field goal. His only touchdown was a desperate heave in the face of a free pass-rusher later in the 1st quarter. Siemian didn't have time to step into the throw, he just gathered the shotgun snap and heaved it up towards the front pylon as he fell backwards. Demaryius Thomas charged down the right sideline and plucked the ball from the air over a defender who may have lost the ball in the sun. Siemian hooked up with Cody Latimer in the 1st for his longest completion of the day, a 27 yard deep ball down the left sideline. He also found Demaryius Thomas for 25 yard gain on a 3rd quarter post route. Siemian boasted Denver's longest rushing attempt with a 9 yard gain in the 1st quarter, a testament to the ineffectiveness of the Denver ground game. Siemian only absorbed two sacks in the contest.

RB C.J. Anderson, 41 offensive snaps, Rush: 22 - 48 - 0, Rec: 2 - 25 - 0 (2 targets)
Anderson dominated the touches in the Denver backfield again, but could only muster a 2.4 ypc average with his 22 totes. He bulled his way up the middle for a 7 yard gain in the 3rd quarter, his longest on the ground. Anderson leaked out of the backfield into the left flat for a nice catch-and-run late in the 2nd quarter that barely missed converting 3rd and 13. He nearly scored on the same passing play later in the 3rd quarter, but was ruled down inches from the goal line. Anderson was then stuffed on two consecutive rushing attempts from inside the 1 yard line, until fullback Andy Janovich pounded the ball in on 3rd and goal.

RB Devontae Booker, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 22 - 0, Rec: 2 - 12 - 0 (2 targets)
Booker entered the game in relief of Anderson a couple minutes into the 1st quarter. He managed 11 touches behind Anderson, who led the Broncos backfield with 22 carries and 2 targets. Booker struggled on the ground, as did the entire Denver run game-QB Siemian posted the longest run of the day with a 9 yard scramble. Booker lined up in the slot and caught a slant route early in the 3rd quarter. Siemian improvised a shovel pass to Booker on an awkward play later in the 3rd quarter, picking up a short gain. Anderson and fullback Janovich got the only goal-line carries in the 3rd quarter.

RB Jamaal Charles, 5 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 12 - 0 (3 targets)
Week 14 was the first game all season that Charles did not record a carry, though he was involved in the passing game. Charles saw his first action early in the 1st quarter, catching a swing pass out of the backfield for a short gain on the Broncos' first offensive drive. He lined up with Booker in the backfield on the next play, then motioned out wide left for another short catch and run. Charles lined up in the slot and ran a nice slant route for a short gain at the end of the 2nd quarter, then disappeared after halftime.

WR Demaryius Thomas, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 93 - 1 (12 targets)
Thomas was the focal point of Denver's offense, drawing 12 targets while no other receiver amassed more than 5. DT hauled in a shallow crossing route for a short catch-and-run early in the 1st quarter. Siemian looked for Thomas deep in the end zone at the end of the drive, but overthrew everyone involved. Thomas caught Siemian's first touchdown pass later in the 1st, a desperate heave on a fly route down the right sideline. Siemian threw the ball while falling backwards and Thomas managed to high point the ball over a defender who seemed disoriented by the afternoon sunlight. Thomas showed off his vertical leap again later in the 1st with a soaring catch on a deep curl route. DT drew a holding penalty on a late 2nd quarter incompletion, then converted 4th-and-1 later that drive with a curl route. Thomas was wide open for his biggest gain of the day, a 3rd quarter post route that picked up 25 yards.

WR Cody Latimer, 31 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 37 - 0 (3 targets)
Latimer saw most of the action at the third receiver spot alongside Thomas and Sanders. He lined up wide left in a 3WR set early in the 1st quarter, beating his man down the left sideline with a leaping catch for a 27 yard gain. Latimer caught his second target from the left slot position, turning the out route up the sideline for another nice gain.

WR Emmanuel Sanders, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 16 - 0 (4 targets)
Sanders' slump continues as he only recorded one catch on 4 targets, a distant second to Demaryius Thomas(12 targets). Siemian targeted Sanders with his first attempt of the game, a deep ball down the right sideline that failed to connect. Sanders was targeted deep again later in the 1st, this time on a post route in the end zone that was also overthrown. Siemian finally found Sanders in the 3rd quarter, rolling out left and hitting him on a deep crossing route just before Sanders reached the sideline. Sanders motioned left later in the 3rd and was briefly uncovered before the snap. He waved his hand to try to get Siemian's attention, but the QB took no notice and missed the opportunity.

WR Jordan Taylor, 4 offensive snaps
Taylor saw limited snaps on offense but was not targeted. He returned punts, averaging 12.4 yards a return.

TE Jeff Heuerman, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (2 targets)
Heuerman caught a short crossing route from a 2TE set late in the 2nd quarter, then let a 3rd quarter out route bounce off his fingertips.