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10 things we learned about the Denver Broncos and New York Jets

Well, we knew they both were awful before the game so that can’t be one of the things we learned from the Denver Broncos’ visit to the New York Jets. Each team had a chance to win and seemed to flub it. Brett Rypien threw three picks, two in four attempts, including a Pick-Six and somehow, someway the Broncos got a 37-28 win at MetLife over the Jets on Thursday. Rypien became the first quarterback to win his first NFL start with three picks since Jim Druckenmiller of the San Francisco 49ers in 1997.

Vic Fangio now is 1-7 in his first four games over each of the last two seasons as Broncos coach. Adam Gase of the Jets isn’t quite as successful.

Jerry Jeudy
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Denver Broncos

Mixed Bag for Rypien

Rypien was making his first NFL start and hit Jerry Jeudy, the top pick from Alabama, for a 48-yard TD in the first half, and then Tim Patrick for another 40-plus yard connection. In the second half, however, he threw two of his three picks, including one Pick-Six. Rypien then led a drive to put the Broncos ahead 28-27 but was guilty of missing a wide-open WR deep and intentional grounding that turned Brandon McManus’ field goal from a 43-yarder to 53, which was still good.

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Oh, and he can throw a pretty good block for Melvin Gordon on the game-clinching TD.

Here’s a neat nugget or two:

Jeudy Can Run Routes and Has Dance Moves

Check out the sweet stepping the No. 1 pick out of Alabama showed after his scoring play. That’s called an end-zone dance.

Driskel Enjoys Success, Too

It doesn’t matter what QB the Jets face. They make him look superb. In the second quarter, Jeff Driskel replaced Rypien. Someone should have known something was up. Not the Jets, who were caught off-guard as Driskel took off on a nine-yard run. The Jets weren’t happy being fooled by a backup QB so they had to add on a personal foul that sent the Broncos inside the five. That was only the fourth personal foul on the Jets’ defense in the first half.

Sad Sack Leads to Clincher

New York Jets

The Jets Wore Black

Logic would say this decision was made because of the funeral feel to this game that featured winless teams and second-year coaches that were showing how difficult it is to succeed in the NFL. Adam Gase was 0-6 in his two Septembers with the Jets.

Sam, the Scrambling Man

It was the first drive of the game and arguably the first highlight of the Jets’ season. Quarterback Sam Darnold broke contain and somehow weaved his way through the Denver defense for a 46-yard touchdown run Thursday at MetLife Stadium.

The Shoulder Jam

Somehow, someway nothing good lasts for the New York Jets. After his spectacular run, Sam Darnold was sacked and thrown shoulder-first into the turf. Darnold went to the locker room and somehow returned to replace backup Joe Flacco — yes, the Super Bowl-winning QB is backup now on the Jets.

Gase Timeout Turned Into Denver TD

The definition of bad is when a running back — Melvin Gordon — is ruled short of the goal line in the second quarter. Gase called timeout to preserve clock so the Jets would have a chance to score before the break. The timeout also allowed the folks upstairs to review the play that, of course, turned into it being ruled a touchdown. There was some good spot news, though. The Jets got their timeout back.

Flag Day (or Night)

There were 20 accepted penalties for 212 yards. The Jets were called for numerous personal fouls and there were numerous ugly shots on Rypien in the final seconds. Good thing these teams don’t play again.

Adam Gase is in a Daze

He is now 0-6 in September as Jets coach and 0-8 in his first two seasons in the first four games of 2019 and 2020. And he didn’t exchange pleasantries or a handshake with Fangio after another loss. There is no cure for Gang Green. None.

Steve Smith on NFL Network said, “Wherever Gregg Williams goes, the nonsense follows. If it smells, like a pig, looks like a pig and its oinking, it’s a pig.”

 

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