Broncos Get Big Road Win; Top Jaguars in Jacksonville 20-10

Denver Broncos v Jacksonville Jaguars

With a rookie quarterback and arguably the NFL’s best defense, the Denver Broncos were content to play conservatively at Jacksonville.

It was the perfect formula against the self-destructing Jaguars.

Bradley Roby returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown, and the defending Super Bowl champions beat the mistake-prone Jaguars 20-10 on Sunday and gained ground in the AFC playoff picture.

Roby picked off Blake Bortles’ wobbler across the middle in the third quarter — star linebacker Von Miller hit Bortles as he released the ball — and went untouched the other way. It was one of three turnovers for Denver’s defense.

“They were exceptional,” Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said.

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Broncos CB Aqib Talib Returns to Practice

Aqib Talib

Cornerback Aqib Talib returned to practice Tuesday. He missed the Broncos’ last three games with a lower back injury that required him to get an injection a couple of weeks ago, Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post reports.

“He’s feeling good. The injection was a successful thing that they did,” Kubiak said. “And I know how excited he is about the last six weeks. Good to see him get some work in and we’ll pick it up again next week.”

Talib expects to return for the Broncos’ next game, Nov. 27 against Kansas City. He leads the team with three interceptions and the Broncos’ pass defense has suffered in his absence.

“It’s attitude. He’s such a positive, playmaking, energy guy,” Kubiak said. “Aqib is a loud guy, we all know that, but it’s all about football when he’s out

Broncos Pull Out Wild 25-23 Win Over Saints in New Orleans

Denver Broncos v New Orleans Saints

Denver’s Justin Simmons used a perfectly timed leap over the offensive line to block an extra-point kick that would have given New Orleans a late lead, Will Parks ran it back 84 yards for a defensive 2-point conversion, and the Broncos pulled out a wild 25-23 victory over the Saints on Sunday.

The decisive play came while the Superdome crowd was still celebrating Brandin Cooks’ twisting, 32-yard touchdown catch between two defenders. That put New Orleans in position to take the lead with 1:28 left. Simmons’ block of Wil Lutz’s kick was scooped up by Parks, who nearly stepped out of bounds as he raced down the left sideline.

It was the first such play to provide the winning points in an NFL game.

The Broncos then recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock.

Safety Darian Stewart intercepted Drew Brees twice and recovered a fumble for the Broncos (7-3), while Trevor Siemian overcame two interceptions by passing for touchdowns to Jordan Taylor and Demaryius Thomas. Siemian finished with 258 yards passing and completed other clutch throws as Denver converted 11 of 19 third downs.

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Broncos at Saints NFL Week 10 Capsule

DENVER BRONCOS (6-3) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-4)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  BRONCOS SAINTS
SERIES LEADER 8-2  
STREAKS Past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Gary Kubiak: 1-1 Sean Payton: 0-2
LAST WEEK L 30-20 at Oakland W 41-23 at San Francisco
LAST GAME 10/28/12: Saints 14 at Broncos 34. Denver QB Peyton Manning passes for 305 yards & 3 TDs for 138.9 rating. Broncos LB Wesley Woodyard has 9 tackles, sack, FF & INT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/04: Broncos 34, Saints 13. Denver RB Reuben Droughns rushes for 166 yards & TD. Broncos LB Al Wilson has 7-yard INT-TD.
REFEREE Bill Vinovich
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (Den), 83 (NO). XM: 385 (Den), 226 (NO).

STATS

PASSING Trevor Siemian: 150-251-1770-10-5-86.2 Drew Brees: 242-347-2689 (2L)-21 (2L)-5-106.7 (3L)
RUSHING Devontae Booker (R): 80-320-4.0-2 Mark Ingram: 104-497-4.8-2
RECEIVING Emmanuel Sanders: 49-614-12.5-3 Michael Thomas (R): 47-573-12.2-5
OFFENSE 323.3 434.5 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE +3 +4
DEFENSE 311.9 408.5
SACKS Von Miller: 9.5 (2L) Nick Fairley: 3.5
INTs Aqib Talib: 3 (T3L) 4 tied: 1
PUNTING Riley Dixon (R): 46.3 Thomas Morstead: 50.8 (T1L)
KICKING Brandon McManus: 74 (20/21 PAT; 18/20 FG) Wil Lutz (R): 66 (27/27 PAT; 13/18 FG)

NOTES

BRONCOS: QB TREVOR SIEMIAN has 8 pass TDs vs. 1 INT for 97.5 rating in past 4 on road…Rookie RB DEVONTAE BOOKER has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Is 3rd among rookies with 320 rush yards. RB KAPRI BIBBS had 69-yard TD catch in Week 9…WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS had 137 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has 47 catches (6.7 per game) for 640 yards (91.4 per game) & 6 rec. TDs in 7 career games vs. NFC South. Is 4th fastest in NFL history (94 games) to reach 500+ receptions (503) & 50+ rec. TDs (51) in career. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS leads team with 49 catches & 614 rec. yards. WR JORDAN NORWOOD had 36-yard TD catch last week…LB VON MILLER has 14.5 sacks, 9 TFL, 3 FFs & INT in past 11 (incl. playoffs). Is 2nd in NFL with 9.5 sacks. Since 2011 (incl. playoffs), ranks 2nd in NFL with 76 sacks. S T.J. WARD is 1 of 2 NFL DBs with 60+ tackles, 1+ INT & 1+ sack…SAINTS: QB DREW BREES passed for 323 yards & 3 TDs in Week 9. Has 55 career games with 300+ pass yards & 3 TDs, most in NFL history. Has 1,420 pass yards (355 per game) & 11 TDs with 2 INTs for 114.7 rating in past 4…RB TIM HIGHTOWER rushed for 87 yards & TD last week. RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 158 yards, incl. career-long 75-yard TD run & added TD catch in Week 9…WR BRANDIN COOKS is averaging 98.1 rec. yards per game & has 10 TD catches in past 9 at home. Rookie WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 73 rec. yards & 2 TDs last week, 1st career multi-TD game. Leads NFL rookies with 47 receptions, 573 rec. yards & 5 TD catches…DE KASIM EDEBALI has 6 sacks in past 8 at home. LB CRAIG ROBERTSON had INT last week. CB STERLING MOORE aims for 6th in row with PD. S JAIRUS BYRD had 37-yard INT-TD in last meeting (12/24/11 with Buf.). S KENNY VACCARO led team with 9 tackles & had FF in Week 9.

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson to Miss a Few Weeks with Knee Injury

C.J. Anderson

Broncos running back C.J. Anderson is expected to miss “at least a few weeks” after obtaining a second opinion on the knee injury he suffered in Monday night’s win over the Houston Texans according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

It is also possible that Anderson could miss the remainder of the season. The news comes as a big shock after Anderson was able to play through the injury Monday night, missing only a handful of plays and gaining over a hundred yards on the ground. Rookie Devontae Booker will now handle every-down duties for the Broncos with special teamer Kapri Bibbs as his primary backup.

Broncos Make Deal with Patriots for Veteran TE A.J. Derby

A.J. Derby

The Broncos traded a 2017 fifth-round draft pick to the Patriots Tuesday for veteran tight end A.J. Derby, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports. To clear a spot on the 53-man roster, the Broncos released veteran safety Shiloh Keo.

Derby, 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, was a 2015 sixth-round draft pick out of Arkansas and has played in four games for the Patriots this season in a total of 35 offensive plays and 32 special-teams plays. He hasn’t recorded a catch.

“A.J. is a young tight end who can help us immediately,” Broncos general manager John Elway said via the team’s website. “He has tremendous upside and will fit in well on our team.”

Kubiak Says RB Devontae Booker Should Be Getting More Carries

Devontae Booker

On his first full day back with the team since he spent a night in the hospital last week, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak made several things clear Monday.

Near or at the top of his to-do list was to be better in the run game, and to that end rookie running back Devontae Booker can expect to get the ball in his hands more, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

“We’ve got to give Book some opportunities, he’s doing some good stuff,” Kubiak said after practice.

C.J. Anderson currently leads the team in rushing with 330 yards to go with three rushing touchdowns, but Booker has provided a spark at times for an attack that hasn’t been as consistent as Kubiak would like. Booker is averaging 4.7 yards per carry, over a yard per carry more than Anderson at the moment.

In Thursday night’s loss to the Chargers, Booker helped snap the offense out of the doldrums in the third quarter when he had carries of 17 and 16 yards to go with a 5-yard reception on a drive. While the drive ended with a missed field goal — Brandon McManus was wide right from 56 yards — the Broncos’ offense moved the ball far more efficiently after that drive than it had before it.

Kubiak said Anderson will still be involved plenty, but that Booker had simply earned more touches. In the loss to the Chargers, Booker got just five carries but he turned those into 46 rushing yards as he had two of the Broncos’ three longest plays from scrimmage in the game.

“When he’s had some opportunities he’s done some really good things,” Kubiak said. “As a young player, we’re trying to get him going as far as protection and those type of things, and he’s starting to handle himself better. I think he deserves some more opportunities to touch the football. And when he’s had the opportunity, he’s done some good stuff.”

Broncos Have Some Key Games Coming Up That Could Determine Their Fate

NFL: DEC 13 Raiders at Broncos

It was an odd week in the AFC West, as with the Broncos 21-13 loss on Thursday night to the San Diego Chargers, and the Kansas City Chiefs 26-10 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, trying to predict this division right now is like figuring out how to play baccarat.

The Broncos next few games as they try to figure out how to turn his offense around may be their biggest of the season, and they also have two huge games in that stretch against two AFC West foes, one a rematch with the Chargers at home, and another a monster game in Oakland on prime time against the other 4-2 team in the division – the Raiders.

The schedule for the Broncos, as would be expected coming off the Super Bowl, is chock full of national TV games, with another one this week against their old pal Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans at home on Monday, October 24th.

You can’t overlook the Texans, as they haven’t been good at all on the road, but at the same time showed some serious fight last night as they overcame a late 14-point deficit to beat the Indianapolis Colts 26-23 in overtime at home.

Houston is atop the AFC South at 4-2, and they are a perfect 4-0 at home, but have yet to win a road game at 0-2. If the Broncos can get to their old QB and make some plays, they should send Houston to 0-3 away from their home stadium.

Then it’s a rematch at home six days later against the Chargers, a team that will come into Denver high on themselves after their 21-13 win on Thursday night.

Bottom line is the Broncos have to get off to a better start against the Chargers, and not allow San Diego to get momentum and build leads like they did on Thursday night.

The week after the Chargers game is the Broncos biggest test of the season to date, as they will take on the Oakland Raiders on the road.

Oddly enough the Raiders are 1-2 at home, while being 3-0 on the road. Sunday the Chiefs ran all over the Raiders in a 26-10 win, and it could be a busy day for the likes of C.J. Anderson if the Broncos duplicate the Chiefs game plan.

It looks like the Raiders are going to be a streaky team this season, win a few, lose a few. They are still a very young team, but with Jack Del Rio, they are playing better and at worse look like a wild card team in the AFC.

The AFC West is always a dogfight, and with the results from Sunday it once again looks like a division that will come down to the end.

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