Posted October 14, 2013

Jaguars cover record spread, make Broncos work for 6-0

AFC West, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, NFC South
Justin Blackmon and the Jaguars didn't get completely blown out by Denver. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Justin Blackmon and the Jaguars didn’t get completely blown out by Denver. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos opened as 28-point favorites against the Jacksonville Jaguars and entered Sunday’s game still giving 27 points or so. That point spread was an NFL record.

The winless Jaguars turned out to be far less of a pushover than most anticipated. They trailed by as few as two points, 21-19, midway through the third quarter, then kept it respectable the rest of the way in a 35-19 loss — an easy cover for those folks out there who rolled the dice on the underdog. (Jacksonville had been a 19.5-point ‘dog earlier this season at Seattle; the Jaguars lost by 28, 45-17.)

The game started much the way Vegas expected it to, with the Broncos needing just 2:51 to take a 7-0 lead, thanks in no small part to a failed fake punt from Jacksonville. Peyton Manning then bumped the cushion to 14-0 on his second TD pass of the game, this one to Wes Welker.

But Jacksonville hit back in the second quarter. A pair of Josh Scobee field goals and a Manning pick-six to Paul Posluszny made it 14-12 at the half … and sent the Broncos off to the locker room with a chorus of boos from the home fans.

The home fans grew restless again when Maurice Jones-Drew answered a Knowshon Moreno TD with one of his own in the third quarter, again trimming Denver’s lead to two. That was as close as the Jaguars would get, though, as Moreno piled on two more touchdown runs and the Denver defense pitched a shutout over the final 22-plus minutes to seal the win.

The Broncos improved to 6-0 with the victory, while the Jaguars stayed winless at 0-6.

Jacksonville’s next chance to break into the win column comes next Sunday against San Diego. Current line on that one, per BetOnline: San Diego by 6.5.

5 comments
Holden
Holden

The Jags seemed pleased with themselves, in that they beat the spread.  Even an injury-devastated Denver team playing at its worst couldn't lose against Jacksonville, yesterday.

In the fourth quarter, needing two scores, the Jags slowly huddled, showing no interest in stepping up the pace.  That, alone, is reason enough to bring in Tim Tebow...

NamathBoozerMaynard
NamathBoozerMaynard

I have my suspicions about this game. Very uncharacteristic of Manning, a pick thrown no lobbed down the middle of the field, the under center fumble ok it happens. The shotgun snap inside the 10 yd line he stone handed the ball and shoved it toward the line and wanted no part of going after it. And the topper when the play went to the right but Manning turns to the left and lays down. Mistakes Peyton doesn't make at least not all in one game he is a perfectionist and demands it of his offensive teammates. Decker even yelled at him yesterday.

iammagicland
iammagicland

The Jaguars didn't cover the spread, the Broncos failed to cover it. For the Jaguars to cover, they'd have to be the favorite.

Michael22
Michael22

@iammagicland <- is correct, to "cover" is to be the favorite, win, and  score enough additionally to pay the bettor on the favorite. The article title is not the correct use of the term.