Jets QB Brooks Bollinger's day ended early as he left in the second quarter with a concussuion. Vinny Testaverde replaced him and went on to turn the ball over four times.
Going to Denver, the Jets knew they had a difficult task taking on the Broncos. The game turned out to be a nightmare as the Jets were shut out, 27-0 to fall to 2-8 on the season.
QB Brooks Bollinger (4-5, 26 yards) left the game in the second quarter and suffered a concussion. He was replaced by QB Vinny Testaverde (15-of-25, 152 yards) who threw two interceptions and also lost two fumbles before leaving late in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. The Jets had five turnovers in the game.
ďOnce again we turned the ball over too many times," head coach Herm Edwards said following the game. "You canít do that in the National Football League. Weíve played two games and only scored three points. Thatís not very good. Itís very difficult to win if you canít score."
The Jets defense had no solution for stopping the Broncos running game as RB Mike Anderson carried 26 times for 113 yards and three touchdowns.
The Broncos controlled the time of possession, holding the ball 42:28 to the Jets 17:32.
After the Jets punted on their first possession, the Broncos took over at their own 5. The Broncos offense was efficient moving the ball driving 95 yards in 17 plays and 9:34. The drive was capped off by a Mike Anderson one-yard touchdown run. On the drive, the Broncos were 3-for-3 on third downs. They were helped out by a defensive holding call on CB Ty Law on third-and-8 from the Jets 30 that kept the drive alive. "Ty knows if he gets close to a guy and puts his hands up theyíre going to call a penalty because itís his rule," head coach Herman Edwards said. "They implemented it because of him. So any time he puts his hand on somebody theyíre going to call it. Heís got a lot of fouls by putting his hands on guys. Heís got to stop it." After Jason Elamís extra point, the Broncos led 7-0 late in the first quarter.
The Broncos defensive line pressured Bollinger on the ensuing drive and sacked him twice as the Jets again were forced to punt early in the second quarter.
Denver started their next drive at their own 11-yard line with 14:46 left in the second quarter. Mixing up the run and pass, Plummer moved the Broncos to the Jets 3 before being sacked by CB Ty Law on third down. Elam nailed a 26-yard field goal and the Broncos led 10-0. The Jets had an opportunity to stop the Broncos on the drive, but Anderson was able to break tackles and pick up two yards on a fourth-and-2 from the Jets 11. The drive lasted 16 plays and went 81 yards and took 9:26 off the clock.
"Denver did a good job early in the game. They got off to an early start on us; they had two good drives," Edwards said.
Rookie CB Justin Miller fumbled the kickoff and it was recovered by the Broncos Roc Alexander at the Jets 18. "ĒJustin got whacked pretty good. He turned the ball over but heís a good kickoff return guy," Edwards said. "Heís a young player, but heís going to have to learn. Heís going to learn every time he plays."
Two plays later, Anderson rushed for his second touchdown of the day and after Elamís extra point, the Broncos took a commanding 17-0 lead with under five minutes left in the second quarter.
QB Vinny Testaverde replaced Bollinger, who left with a concussion, on the next Jets drive but Testaverde didnít fare much better, fumbling at the Jets 36 and the ball was recovered by the Broncos Nick Ferguson. The fumble was caused by a bad exchange between C Pete Kendall and Testaverde.
Plummer moved his team to the Jets 1 but on 3rd-and-1, Plummerís pass was incomplete and time ran out in the first half with the Broncos leading 17-0.
The Jets defense was finally able to get a stop on the Broncos first possession of the third quarter as the Broncos had to punt.
Starting at their own 23, Testaverde moved the Jets to the Broncos 29 before his pass intended for TE Doug Jolley was intercepted by S John Lynch. ĒWe moved the ball a little bit in the second half offensively but we stalled out with turnovers," Edwards said. "You canít turn the ball over against a good team."
After forcing Denver to punt again, Testaverde was again intercepted, this time by CB Champ Bailey.
With 4:20 left in the third quarter, Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan decided to go for it on 4th-and-3 from the Jets 37. LB Jonathan Vilma forced a fumble by Plummer and CB Derrick Strait recovered.
While the Jets did not turn it over on their next possession, they didnít do much on offense and had to punt.
Plummer hooked up with WR Ashley Lelie for a 49-yard reception late in the third quarter and four plays later, Elam kicked a 47-yard field goal to put his team up 20-0 with 13:03 left in the fourth quarter.
The Jets drove to the Broncos 32 before Testaverde was sacked and fumbled the ball which was recovered by the Broncos.
The Broncos capitalized off the turnover driving 60 yards in 13 plays and 7:42 capped off by a Anderson three-yard touchdown, his third of the day.
The Jets final drive started with under two minutes in the game. On 2nd-and-15 from their own 31, Testaverde was sacked and injured. Emergency QB Kliff Kingsbury came in and completed 1-of-2 passes.
We'll keep practicing and playing hard. Eventually, good things will happen," Edwards said. "One thing we've never done since I've been here is point fingers. And we won't do that."
"We just have to stay focused and stay positive," Ellis said. "It's very, very frustrating but we have to keep competing and playing hard and eventually something will come out of it."
-Jets Inactives: FB B.J. Askew, CB David Barrett, RB Derrick Blaylock, QB Jay Fiedler, LB T.J. Hollowell, QB Kliff Kingsbury (3rd QB), S Jeremy LeSueur & WR Harry Williams, Jr.
-The last time the Jets were shut out was the final game of the 1995 season when they lost to the Saints 12-0. Rich Kotite was the coach.
-Denver leads the all-time series 15-14-1.
-RB Curtis Martin had just seven yards on four carries.
-WR Laveraneus Coles had six catches for 62 yards while WR Justin McCareins had 73 yards on five catches.
-LB Jonathan Vilma led the Jets defense with 14 tackles.
-The Jets were just 3-for-9 on third downs.
-The Jets had seven penalties for 41 yards.
As mentioned above, Bollinger left in the second quarter with a concussion and Testaverde left late in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.
QB Jay Fiedler, WR Harry Williams, Jr., RB Derrick Blaylock, DB Jeremy LeSueur, FB B.J. Askew, CB David Barrett, and LB T.J. Hollowell were inactive.
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