|Last 3 Games||0-3||-2||0-3||2-1||13.3||4.3||277.7||(4.9)||3.0||38.7||22.7||422.3||(6.2)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||10.2||3.6||14.8||26:26||22-58||(2.7)||19-36||52.5%||193||(5.3)||58-252||(4.3)||(24.7)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||18.7||10||18.9||29:59||26-114||(4.4)||21-34||60.9%||224||(6.6)||60-338||(5.6)||(18.1)|
|Offense Road Games||15.3||4.3||16.0||26:46||23-60||(2.7)||20-36||54.6%||232||(6.4)||59-292||(5)||(19)|
|Defense (All Games)||32.6||19.8||21.8||33:34||33-160||(4.9)||20-32||62.5%||220||(6.9)||65-380||(5.9)||(11.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24.2||11.8||19.4||31:29||29-123||(4.3)||20-33||60.9%||220||(6.6)||62-344||(5.5)||(14.2)|
|Defense Road Games||32.7||19.3||22.0||33:14||35-175||(5)||18-29||63.2%||215||(7.4)||64-390||(6.1)||(11.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.8||0.4||2.2||-1.4||15-4||28.8%||1-0||33.3%||3-66||(23.7)||2-5||(2.6)||6-51|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.1||1.2||2.2||2.5||13-5||35.8%||1-0||39.1%||2-43||(23.4)||11-2||(6)||6-52|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.3||0.7||2.0||-1.0||14-5||32.6%||1-1||50.0%||3-66||(24.6)||2-4||(1.9)||6-53|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.4||0.4||0.8|| ||14-5||38.0%||0-0||0.0%||1-34||(24)||5-36||(7.5)||5-37|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.8||0.5||1.3|| ||14-5||35.8%||1-0||45.5%||2-41||(23.3)||27-3||(9.4)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.3||0.7||1.0|| ||14-5||37.2%||0-0||0.0%||2-41||(24.6)||4-27||(6.7)||5-36|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+2||1-1||3-0||46.7||25.3||508.3||(7.1)||1.3||29.7||13.3||438.0||(8)||0.7|
|Offense (All Games)||46.0||20.0||29.4||31:07||30-116||(3.9)||30-40||75.6%||374||(9.3)||70-490||(7)||(10.7)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||27.5||12.6||22.5||31:05||27-100||(3.7)||26-39||65.9%||287||(7.3)||66-387||(5.9)||(14.1)|
|Offense Home Games||46.0||20.7||30.0||31:39||30-123||(4.1)||30-39||76.7%||383||(9.9)||69-506||(7.3)||(11)|
|Defense (All Games)||27.8||13.2||22.0||28:53||21-70||(3.3)||25-42||59.8%||347||(8.3)||63-417||(6.6)||(15)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.5||11.8||19.7||29:55||26-110||(4.3)||22-35||61.0%||256||(7.2)||61-367||(6)||(15.6)|
|Defense Home Games||22.7||12.3||19.3||28:21||24-91||(3.7)||24-41||58.1%||304||(7.4)||66-395||(6)||(17.4)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.2||1.2||1.4||0.2||12-7||58.3%||0-0||0.0%||2-48||(30)||3-45||(14.2)||7-63|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.8||0.8||1.6||2||14-6||41.1%||1-0||33.3%||2-40||(23.9)||25-2||(10.2)||7-61|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.0||1.3||1.3||-0.7||11-6||56.2%||0-0||0.0%||1-38||(56.5)||4-32||(8.8)||5-42|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.4||0.2||1.6|| ||13-5||38.8%||1-0||0.0%||3-63||(24.2)||1-9||(11.7)||7-58|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.2||0.8||2|| ||13-5||38.3%||0-0||42.6%||2-56||(24.8)||20-2||(10.6)||7-58|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.7||0.0||0.7|| ||17-7||42.0%||1-0||0.0%||1-24||(23.7)||1-11||(17)||8-64|
|Average power rating of opponents played: JACKSONVILLE 20.2, DENVER 18.2|
|10/6/2013||@ ST LOUIS||20-34||L||11||L||41||O||25-96||16-32-267||3||36-143||19-34-208||0|
|10/13/2013||@ DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/20/2013||SAN DIEGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/27/2013||*SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/10/2013||@ TENNESSEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/15/2013||@ NY GIANTS||41-23||W||-3.5||W||52.5||O||29-109||30-43-307||1||19-23||28-49-353||4|
|10/13/2013||JACKSONVILLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/20/2013||@ INDIANAPOLIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/27/2013||WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/10/2013||@ SAN DIEGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|JACKSONVILLE: The Jaguars will continue to utilize a zone-blocking scheme for their running game, which will be the bulk of what this offense does as they still search for any semblance of a passing threat. Maurice Jones-Drew will once again be asked to carry a heavy workload as long as he's healthy, primarily because they have so few options behind him. But new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch is expected to give more two-back looks, with Montell Owens doing some lead blocking and also lining up in some single-back sets. The wild card could be Denard Robinson, who will push Justin Forsett for change-of-pace duties.
They don't have a lot of options with this passing game, due simply to a lack of talent. Most likely they'll try to spread the field and get some quick catch-and-run opportunities as Fisch comes from a West Coast background. He'll put Blaine Gabbert on the move a little more, which should help the young QB, who's gun shy in the face of the rush. Cecil Shorts figures to get a boost in Fisch's offense, at least while Justin Blackmon serves his four-game suspension to start the season. Marcedes Lewis should be a more prominent part of the offense. The Jaguars were forced to throw in the red zone much more often after Jones-Drew got hurt last year, but their first choice is to force-feed Jones-Drew.
New defensive coordinator Bob Babich, the former Bears DC and LB coach, inherits a defense that logged the second-most minutes on the field because of a horrible offense. But the Jags recorded five fewer sacks than any other NFL team and failed to score a defensive touchdown for the third time in four seasons. This year's unit will look much different with at least four new starters signed via free agency -- DTs Roy Miller and Kyle Love, LB Geno Hayes and CB Alan Ball. MLB Paul Posluszny is still a tackling machine.|
|DENVER: This is basically Peyton Manning's offense, which means they take what opponents give them when it comes to the running game. Offensive line coach Dave Magazu has brought zone blocking back to Denver, even if it's not to the extent that it was during the Mike Shanahan heyday. Rookie Montee Ball should lead the committee, as he's their best runner and an effective pass protector; there's no such thing as a 'running down' with Manning. It will essentially be a hot hand situation between Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman for the rest of the snaps.
Manning is essentially doing the same thing he did in Indianapolis. It's a lot of pre-snap adjustments and, because of his deteriorating arm strength, more quick hitters. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker will work on the outside as receiver 1 and 1A. They'll go to a three-receiver base with Wes Welker coming in, and the former Patriot will likely take over as Manning's No. 1 target. Joel Dreessen is more of a blocking tight end, though he does see a few safety-valve targets. Jacob Tamme's playing time figures to drop with Welker's arrival. The Broncos remained a balanced team in the red zone, mostly because opponents often kept extra defensive backs on the field against Manning.
The Broncos tied the NFL lead with 52 sacks in their first year under DC Jack Del Rio in 2012, but departed with DE Elvis Dumervil (11 sacks) due to an agent fax machine error. However, OLB Von Miller (18.5 sacks) remains along with versatile OLB Wesley Woodyard (117 tackles). The addition of playmaking CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (16 INT, 4 TD in career) helps make up for losing CB Tracy Porter, and future Hall-of-Famer CB Champ Bailey is still playing at a high level. Having the NFL's easiest schedule also helps a lot.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (JACKSONVILLE-DENVER) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Bailey expected to make debut)
*Jaguars-Broncos Preview* =========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
When Denver Broncos coach John Fox was asked if last week's narrow victory was good for his team after it breezed through its first four weeks, he made it clear he prefers the less-stressful moments.
"We don't go into each game trying to see how close we can make it," Fox said.
Few are expecting Sunday's home matchup with the winless Jacksonville Jaguars to be at all close, with Denver entering as the biggest favorite in NFL history.
The Broncos (5-0), winners of 16 consecutive regular-season games, matched Jacksonville's point total for the season in a 51-48 victory over Dallas last week. Peyton Manning threw his first interception but finished 33 of 42 for 414 yards and four touchdown passes, pushing his league-best total to 20.
Denver, which leads the league with 489.8 yards and 46.0 points per game, won its first four contests by an average of 22.3 points. On Sunday, it needed a 28-yard field goal from Matt Prater as time expired as it overcame a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit.
"It's going to happen. No team is invincible," safety Rahim Moore said. "It was ugly. It's the NFL. It's hard to win in this league."
Though the Broncos have mostly made it look easy this season, Fox insists his team will remain focused against a Jacksonville team that's dropped its last three by a combined 76 points.
"One thing I've learned is if you fall asleep at the wheel, you wreck," Fox said. "Sometimes dealing with prosperity is more difficult than the adversity. Our guys understand that. They understand it's more about the process than the results. They understand it's more about the preparation work which will relate to the performance."
Denver's offense has been the class of the NFL, but the club is looking to improve defensively. The Broncos rank last against the pass with 347.0 yards allowed per game and are 29th in overall defense at 416.6 total yards, though they've been playing without suspended linebacker Von Miller and injured defensive back Champ Bailey.
However, Bailey was a full participant at practice Wednesday for the first time since hurting his left foot in a preseason game Aug. 17, and he's expected to make his 2013 debut Sunday.
Denver will face Jacksonville's league-worst offense that averages 251.8 yards. The Jaguars will also likely have Chad Henne under center rather than Blaine Gabbert, who is expected to sit out with a hamstring injury.
Gabbert went 9 of 19 for 181 yards - 67 coming on a touchdown pass to Justin Blackmon in the first quarter - and two interceptions before leaving a 34-20 loss to St. Louis last week.
Henne went 7 of 13 for 89 yards and a score in relief. He's completed 55.8 percent of his passes and will be making his third start in place of Gabbert, who ranks last with a passer rating of 36.0 while throwing seven interceptions.
"As a quarterback, with that comes the responsibility of being a leader," coach Gus Bradley said. "I think our guys are working towards that, but they need to step it up. We feel strongly about both of them, we're going to challenge both of them and they're going to need to step up."
Blackmon may be able to help, as he caught five passes for 136 yards in his return from a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He'll provide another target in the passing game to go along with leading receiver Cecil Shorts.
The running game isn't in nearly as good shape. Maurice Jones-Drew is averaging 2.8 yards per carry, and the Jaguars rank 30th with 58.8 yards per game on the ground. Jacksonville will attempt to improve on that number without left tackle Luke Joeckel, who fractured his ankle against the Rams and will miss the rest of the season.
Denver ranks first against the run with an average of 69.6 yards allowed, though that number is somewhat deceiving given opponents' need to throw while trying to overcome the large deficits they've faced - which also inflates the Broncos' ugly pass defense numbers. The Broncos have faced 21.2 rushing attempts per game, second fewest in the league.
Manning's stellar performances have been the main reason for those big leads, and Bradley knows his team faces a tough test Sunday. Manning has completed 75.9 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns in his last five starts against the Jaguars.
"He's the best that I've ever encountered," Bradley said. "How he manages the game, it appears like he never puts the team into a bad call. He knows everything about you on defense, he studies, he controls the whole offense. He's very talented."
Jacksonville has won three straight meetings with the Broncos, the most recent a 24-17 victory Sept. 12, 2010.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 12:56:11 AM EST|