First off, Sunday's game will have high stakes attached to it. He missed two deep throws in situations when Broncos receivers beat Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Outside linebacker Von Miller pressured Bortles on the pass attempt that Roby picked off and returned 51 yards for a touchdown. "Could miss another week, possibly", Schefter said. I know it's got to be frustrating for him, especially as competitive as he is, as badly as he wants to make a play and make a difference.
It is hard to imagine one team holding another to 206 yards of total offense, yet still lose the game.
Trailing 17-10 after Bortles sprinted for a 22-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars faced second-and-10 from their 34-yard line with an opportunity to tie the game. He became the core of the Broncos' inside linebacker group after Danny Trevathan left in free agency. But the Colts are one game behind the Texans in the AFC South and will probably have to finish with a better record than Houston to avoid a tiebreaker, which isn't in the Colts favor.
That being said, anything that makes it potentially easier for the Jaguars to win a game is fine in my book. "We knew coming in here that we needed to play great defense and win the turnover battle, win the field-position battle".
Miller's late-game heroics overshadowed what was otherwise a sloppy game.
Rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch started in place of Siemian and couldn't find any sort of rhythm. Lynch was not impressive, only throwing for 104 yards and zero touchdowns. The trio allowed just six catches for 57 yards, per Pro Football Focus.
With a new set of downs, the Broncos gashed the Jaguars for runs of 24 and 13 yards by KapriBibbs. The four-game stretch to close out this season is a brutal one and it will take everything they've got to come out on top and secure a spot in the tournament. He threw an interception and was sacked six times as the Broncos lost for the first time this season.
The Super Bowl champion Broncos (7-4) will have to fight to return to the postseason while playing in a resurgent AFC West. Denver is now two games behind the division-leading Oakland Raiders and a game back of the Kansas City Chiefs with five games to play, and it is dealing with an injury to quarterback Trevor Siemian. The complexion of each and every game is different.
Thomas has quietly been finding his old form again. Siemian walked on the field briefly during pre-game warmups without the boot on his injured left foot, a promising sign of his progress.
Aside from the pick-6, the Jaguars committed two 15-yard penalties that led to a touchdown and a field goal. RB Denard Robinson started with RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) out and RB T.J. Yeldon (ankle) limited. Jacksonville has a very poor offense that is averaging just 19.5 points and 346.2 yards per game. These teams have not met in the playoffs since 1997, but, surprisingly, both teams may not make the playoffs this season.
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Broncos are a road favorite in this game, as Denver is getting odds of -3.5 points against the Jaguars.