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Jaguars vs. Broncos: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Denver

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 13:  Wide receiver Justin Blackmon #14 of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes a reception as cornerback Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Broncos makes the tackle at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 13, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Travis WakemanCorrespondent IIOctober 13, 2013

The Denver Broncos earned a 16-point victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday to remain undefeated on the season.

Despite being massive underdogs, the Jaguars proved to be a much tougher opponent than most expected.

Denver (6-0) will travel to Indianapolis next Sunday as Peyton Manning will take on his former team.

 

Final Score

Jaguars: 19

Broncos: 35

 

Final Analysis

Passing Offense: Though Manning didn't top the 300-yard passing mark, he did add a pair of touchdown passes to his season total, which now stands at 22.

Passing Defense: Denver had all sorts of issues defending Jacksonville wide receiver Justin Blackmon. He finished the day with 14 receptions for 190 yards. Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne surpassed the 300-yard mark.

Rushing Offense: What a season Knowshon Moreno is having. Though he only gained 42 yards on the ground on Sunday, he was able to pound in three short touchdown runs.

Rushing Defense: Jacksonville was able to churn out some yardage on the ground in the second half. Maurice Jones-Drew finished the game with 71 yards rushing.

Special Teams: Britton Colquitt probably felt like he had played a few games on Sunday. He was called on to punt three times after not punting once last weekend against Dallas.

Coaching: Despite the win and a 6-0 record, there are some things to work on in practice this week. Specifically, getting the snap from center handled properly. Aside from that, rookie Montee Ball really needs to work on catching the ball.

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 13:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos is greeted by quarterback Chad Henne #7 of the Jacksonville Jaguars after their game at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on October 13, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The B
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First-Half Analysis

Passing Offense: Something has seemed off with Peyton Manning in the first half as he threw his second interception of the year. At least two other passes could have and probably should have been picked off.

Passing Defense: Who had Chad Henne throwing for more yardage in the first half than Manning? Well he has, passing for 149 yards so far. He has done a good job commanding the Jacksonville offense.

Rushing Offense: The Broncos ran for just 35 yards on 11 carries in the first half. Knowshon Moreno was more of a factor in the passing game.

Rushing Defense: Denver has bottled up the Jaguars running game, allowing just 1.4 yards per carry on 18 attempts. Jacksonville is trying to keep Denver honest by mixing in occasional run plays.

Special Teams: Britton Colquitt has actually had to punt in this game. After going seven quarters without having to kick the ball, Colquitt was called upon twice in the first half.

Coaching: There were some curious coaching decisions made in the first half, most notably a challenge made by John Fox on a catch by Justin Blackmon. The result of the play was a first down, regardless of where he stepped out of bounds.

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