Denver Broncos: 3 Honest Assessments from the Jets Loss

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The Broncos defense is a thing of the past.

It was difficult enough watching the defense let Isaiah Crowell gash them for 219 yards but they let Bilal Powell add 99 yards to that tally.  It’s hard to believe a second player could get enough carries to net 100 yards after Crowell’s performance. It was a shameful display from not only the front seven but of tackling in the secondary.

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To add insult to injury, rookie Jets QB Sam Darnold threw for 193-yards and three touchdowns against the remains of the No-Fly-Zone.  While Chris Harris Jr. remains a premier coverage corner, Bradley Roby has not had an easy time.  Particularly not with the shadow of Aqib Talib‘s departure cast over his spot.  Justin Simmons leads the team in tackles from his safety spot.  Darian Stewart is fifth.  Simmons leading in tackles is a direct reflection of Brandon Marshall’s play at inside linebacker.

Von Miller has 4 sacks to his credit but the bulk of his signature play came in the Seattle game.  It’s hard for the defensive veterans to lead with poor performance.  As we said above, Josey Jewell has been a lone bright spot on an otherwise pedestrian defensive effort from the LB corps.

Domata Peko Sr. played well in the middle, though the Jets’ rushing total has to be considered with anyone on the front seven’s performance.  Derek Wolfe shared a sack with Peko and had an interception.  It takes some effort to pull good out of Denver’s defensive performance but how did the offense fare: