While the Denver Broncos received word that they were eliminated from post-season contentions, Bronco fans rejoiced in Denver’s shut-out of the New York Jets Sunday afternoon. Though the win didn’t mean much to the Broncos and the direction the organization is headed this season, it did mean the Broncos would not be tying an all-time worst losing streak of nine games.
On Sunday the Broncos hosted the New York Jets on an abnormally warm December day in the Mile High City and looked much like they did early season. Denver jumped out to a 10 – 0 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Broncos had an opportunity to head into the half up 16 however, Broncos kicker Brandon McManus, missed a 29-yard field goal at the start of the second quarter. Instead, Denver headed into the half with a 13-point lead adding 10 more in the second half, recording their first shutout in 12 years.
Although Denver’s offense showed signs of life, it was the defense, yet again who showed why they are still one of the Leagues best, holding the Jets to a combined total of 100 yards (59 rushing, 41 passing). Wide Receiver Demaryius Thomas moved passed Broncos Pro-Football Hall of Fame tight-end Shannon Sharpe on the team’s all-time receiving yards (8,475) and receiving touchdowns (56). Thomas recorded 93 yards receiving on 8 catches.
The Broncos have three remaining games, two of which are on the road in Indianapolis to face the Colts Thursday night at 6:25 p.m. MST., and in Washington, to face the Redskins Sunday at 11 a.m. MST. Denver then returns home for the final game of the season to face the division leading Kansas City Chiefs at Mile High on December 31, at 2:25 p.m. MST.
In other sports the Denver Nuggets have started out the month of December with three losses and two wins after losing in final overtime Sunday night in Indiana to the Pacers. The Denver Nuggets will be heading to Detroit and Boston to face the Pistons and Celtics this week before returning home to host the New Orleans Pelicans Friday night at Pepsi Center at 7 p.m.
The Colorado Avalanche has started the month of December 1–4 with their win over the Florida Panthers Saturday night in Fort Lauderdale. The Avs, too, are on the road this week to face the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals before returning home to host the Florida Panthers.