Gut Reaction: Week 6 - Broncos @ Jets

“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.

This isn’t 1988. The Broncos are not Guns N’ Roses. Peyton Manning may be the Axl Rose (before plastic surgery) of quarterbacks, but one thing is for certain.

It’s never easy as it seems.

The Positives

  1. You’ll never mistake this game for one of Manning’s best (he floated a lot of balls), but in the end, he still managed three touchdowns and the win.
  2. The Broncos defense made the Jets running game look junior varsity. Having averaged 139.2 yards in their first five games, the Jets totaled just 31 today. That’s not exactly FedEx Ground.
  3. It’s great to see Julius Thomas pulverize man coverage.  It’s even better to see him continue to improve in finding the spaces in zone coverage.
  4. Single best game we’ve seen from Ronnie Coleman Hillman. He ran north-south as hard as I’ve ever seen him. As the Broncos' Spanish radio broadcasters said during the game, “poco a poquito.”
  5. Is it just me, or does Chris Harris look like one of the best corners in the game right now?
  6. Derek Wolfe is officially back. I’m not sure how many tackles he ended the game with, but he was slicing through offensive linemen like a Slap Chop.
  7. It’s funny to watch DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller get to the quarterback. But it’s comedy gold when they get to the quarterback at the same time.
  8. Britton Colquitt kicked like Ray Guy in the game. The Broncos needed every yard of those punts today.
  9. Aqib Talib vs Eric Decker wasn’t really a contest. Talib had him blanketed all day. Sure, Decker caught a touchdown, but it was a virtual pick play that got him open.
  10. Wes Welker was only targeted once in the game. Why is that a positive? It all but won the game for Denver.

The Negatives

  1. Penalties don’t kill drives. People who commit stupid penalties do. Seriously, the Broncos committed so many penalties today (many of them declined), I thought they were going to break out the hockey sticks.
  2. Anytime you play a Rex Ryan-led defense, you’re going to see a lot of attempts to disguise coverage. In this game, Ryan tried his typical ploy—show man, then drop into zone. This is always the best strategy when playing Manning and the Broncos. They will destroy man coverage. In this case, zone coverage kept the Jets in the game early.
  3. Why so many runs early in the game? Manning kept seeing the Jets dropping defenders out of the box. Good plan. Bad execution.
  4. Since when did Jace Amaro become Antonio Gonzalez? And why is he allowed to push off defenders so blatantly?
  5. More bitching about the refs--the complexion of the game would have changed drastically had the referees ruled in favor of the Broncos when the Jets fumbled on their second kickoff return. The ball was clearly out.
  6. Losing Danny Trevathan makes me at least as sad as the day I found out the New Kids on the Block were calling it quits.
  7. The Broncos’ second offensive series felt like it was straight out of Super Bowl 48, and for a moment, I felt all my bodily faculties fail me. A few minutes later, the Jets were up 7-3, and I had to change clothes.
  8. That's the second straight week that Chris Clark has been beaten badly for a sack.
  9. No, Andre Caldwell, you’re not Devin Hester. Don’t bring the damn ball out of the end zone.
  10. It felt like the game was over by the end of the third quarter, but with eight minutes left, it was only a one-score game.

The Who The Heck Knows

  1. You’re crazy if you didn’t think Peyton Manning wanted to tie and/or break Brett Favre’s record in this game. Ambitious? Yeah. Realistic? Hell yeah.
  2. I was shocked to see Von Miller starting the second half. Either he only had a stinger, or his body shrugs off concussions like they are paper cuts.
  3. Do the Broncos miss Matt Prater? I don’t know, but Prater missed two field goals today.
  4. If you’re going to cut block at the goal line, Virgil Green, you'd better make it count. Otherwise you are forcing Peyton Manning to slide left and throw right into traffic. Lucky for the Broncos, the play ended in a touchdown.
  5. Give me some of what Joe Flacco is having. He just threw five touchdowns against the Bucs—in the first half.
  6. If you have to ask me why I turn down the volume on the TV and listen to radio when Dan Fouts is the color man, than you must like Philip Rivers.
  7. Need to give praise to Isaiah Burse for blocking gunners inside the ten with the ball kicked over his head.
  8. Come on, Lamin Barrow. If you’re going to punch someone, at least make it a Raider.
  9. Not sure why the Broncos didn’t pass to Ronnie Hillman out of the backfield. If there’s one advantage Denver will always have, it’s Hillman in space.
  10. Geno Smith, Mike Vick, and Rex Ryan walk into a bar. I’ll let you finish the punch line.

I’m glad we had this talk.  Now, vaya con Dios, Brah.

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