Turnovers were the name of the game, and it was Peyton Manning who lost the ball three times on Sunday. Manning fumbled and lost two snaps, plus he threw one interception that was returned for a touchdown.
Getting careless with the football allowed the Jaguars to hang around a lot longer than most expected. The Jaguars did a good job of putting Manning under duress as much as they possibly could.
The Broncos' saving grace was Knowshon Moreno on Sunday. He's enjoying a resurgence in 2013, and his three rushing touchdowns helped put the Broncos over the top.
It's Moreno's attitude that is energizing the offense. He's running hard and punishing defenders on most every carry. The Broncos can be the bully when Moreno is in the zone like he was in Week 6.
Moreno’s three rushing scores tied for the third most in a single game in Broncos history and the most since Tatum Bell had three against the Chargers in 2005. He is also the NFL leader with seven total rushing touchdowns this year, tying his career high set during his rookie season of 2009.
We once again saw Wes Welker get into the end zone for the Broncos. His eight receiving touchdowns this year tie 2007 for second place for the most in a single season during his career. In 2011, Welker caught nine touchdown passes for the New England Patriots.
Welker became the 27th player in NFL history to post 800 career receptions on his 20-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. He joins Broncos Ring of Fame wide receiver Rod Smith as the only two undrafted players to reach that milestone.
Welker’s touchdown marked his team-leading eighth score in 2013. He also tied the team record for most consecutive games (6) with a touchdown catch.
Tight end Julius Thomas made a difference on Sunday. He hauled in four passes for 22 yards and one touchdown. Thomas did catch another pass in the end zone, but the referees examined the play and decided he didn't have control with both feet inbounds.
After six games, Thomas has seven touchdown receptions. He's on pace to smash the team record for receiving touchdowns in a year for a tight end (Shannon Sharpe, 10, in 1996 and 1998).
The offensive line was banged up again when right tackle Orlando Franklin went down in the second half with a knee injury. There's no word yet on the severity, but Franklin was seen on crutches in the locker room after the game.
The Broncos defense had trouble slowing down the Jaguars' passing game. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon was able to regularly burn any Broncos defender tasked with covering him. Blackmon finished the game with a whopping 14 catches for 190 yards.
This win keeps the Broncos among the ranks of the undefeated in the NFL. In fact, Denver and Kansas City remain as the only unbeaten teams in 2013.
This win over the Jaguars also gave the Broncos their franchise-record 17th-consecutive regular-season victory. This mark ties the Chicago Bears (1933-34) for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history. That number is only six behind the top spot in the record books, as the Indianapolis Colts (2008-09) won 23 consecutive regular-season games.
By scoring 35 points in Week 6, the Broncos own the record (265) for most points scored in the first six games of the season. The previous record was held by the 2000 St. Louis Rams, who scored 262 through their first six games.
After the game, Broncos head coach John Fox commented on whether the team felt dissatisfied with its performance even though it won by 16 points:
“I think it’s just noise on the outside to be real honest with you. I think all these games are hard. I’ve heard people tell me it looks easy—there is nothing about it that’s easy. It’s all hard. I’m just pleased that we’re sitting here 6-0 and getting two games away from the bye week. All of our focus is on Indianapolis coming up soon.”
Teams don't get style points in the NFL. It's all about the record, and the Broncos have an unblemished one at 6-0.
Check out the grades for each Broncos player against the Jaguars.
All quotes and injury/practice observations were obtained firsthand. Record information provided via email from the Denver Broncos.