San Diego (5-1) remained a half-game ahead of Denver (4-1) with a 31-28 shootout win over Oakland (0-5).
Philip Rivers tossed three touchdown passes, while Branden Oliver scored once and topped 100 yards for the second straight week.
“It’s so f#$king easy! It’s so easy!”
That’s how Julius Thomas described today’s game after his second touchdown.
But it really wasn’t. Don’t let the score fool you. The Jets had the ball and were one score away from tying the game with a minute left to play.
Lucky for the Broncos, the Jets were 95 yards away and Geno Smith was their quarterback.
Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes, two of them to Julius Thomas, and Ronnie Hillman hit the 100-yard mark in his first NFL start.
Demaryius Thomas added 10 catches for 124 yards and a score, Von Miller notched two sacks, and Aqib Talib iced the game with a late pick-six.
In his debut for the Lions, Matt Prater went 1/3 on field goal attempts, making from 52 and missing from 50 and 44.
This doesn't mean Prater isn't any good, or that the Broncos were right to cut him last week.
Prater is far less than automatic, just like most NFL kickers.
Enjoy the games, and Go Raiders (vs San Diego)!
Julius Thomas's second touchdown catch against the Jets on Sunday put Denver ahead by 24-7.
He punctuated the score by saying what everyone watching was thinking at the time, with some R-rated emphasis to boot:
Although Denver headed into the locker room with a 17-7 lead over the Jets, it was a costly first half.
Danny Trevathan was carted off with an injury to his left knee during the Jets' opening drive.
Inactives: Denver - Montee Ball, Cody Latimer, Tony Carter, Mitch Unrein, Lerentee McCray, Ben Garland, Michael Schofield
Good Morning, Broncos fans! There's been talk all week that Rex Ryan is coaching for his job.
According to Ian Rapoport, speaking on NFL GameDay Morning, that's not the case.
In an apparent attempt to quiet that chatter, the Jets are putting out word that owner Woody Johnson won't consider Rex's status until after the season.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! As is their habit when facing 1pm ET kickoffs, the team headed east to New Jersey on Friday.
Montee Ball is of course out, while seven others are listed as probable. Of those seven, five were full practice participants throughout the week.