Sunday, the Broncos let NY take on that role as they jumped to an early, produced takeaways on defense, avoided the usual turnovers on offense - the interceptions, the muffed punts, the misreads, the overthrows - and sat with a comfortable 20-0 lead in the third quarter. The results weren't immediately available. Cornerback Bradley Roby almost intercepted a deep pass by Bryce Petty, who replaced McCown for the final quarter. Inside linebacker Brandon Marshall recorded a tackle for loss on the Jets' first play, then strip-sacked Jets quarterback Josh McCown to force a fumble.
Although he achieved career highs for most passing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns in a season through the first 12 games, McCown once again looked like the 38-year-old journeyman some Jets fans thought they were getting in free agency. He began the day with 18 touchdown passes and only eight interceptions and was supposed to start the remainder of the season, according to coach Todd Bowles.
Miller's sack on Josh McCown was number 83.5 for his National Football League career in 101 games. Petty replaced him for two plays and completed both of his pass attempts (one was nullified by penalty). He went 2-of-9 for 14 yards.
This was especially the theme of the first half. In the third quarter, he did not look right. Von Miller added one of his own in the third quarter to become the first player in Broncos history with six-consecutive 10-sack seasons. He finished the game with eight receptions for 93 yards, and Claiborne gave up nearly all of those plays. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had 93 receiving yards and the games only touchdown catch. The Broncos held the Jets to 98 yards of offense as they dominated throughout a 23-0 victory. They forced two turnovers, sacked Jets quarterbacks four times and generally lived up to the high expectations they had coming into the season. Yet, the Broncos' defense deserves the lion share of the credit.