2016 Broncos Season, Week 13
The Broncos have to win in December to be a playoff team. They got off to a strong start on Sunday.
Week 13: Broncos 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 10
Season Record: 8-4 (4-2 Home)
Key Play: In the third quarter, trailing 10-3, Jaguars' quarterback Blake Bortles dropped back to pass. Instead, he connected with the Broncos' Bradley Roby, who returned it 51 yards for a touchdown to make it 17-3.
Recap: You play to win the game, and there are no style points. During the Broncos' Super Bowl winning season, that was an adage that was repeated plenty of times. We might need to dust it off again this season. The Broncos looked ugly at times on Sunday, as has been the case the past few weeks, but the offense did enough and the defense made the plays needed to secure the win. On a day when the Chiefs and Raiders also won, the fact the team won the game was key. The Broncos need to keep winning, and this game against the Jaguars was the most winnable game. Hopefully Trevor Siemian will be back this week because Paxton Lynch looked like a rookie, and that likely won't cut it in Tennessee on Sunday.
* Bradley Roby. Roby has quietly become a reliable and exceptional CB. He's the third man in Denver's rotation, but he could be No. 1 for a lot of teams. His INT return was crucial to the win on Sunday.
* Demaryius Thomas. It wasn't an exceptional game for Thomas, but six receptions for 61 yards was probably the offensive highlight.
* Offensive Line. I read this week the Broncos spent the 30th most in the league on its offensive line. It shows. Sunday was moderately better, but not great. As the line goes, so goes the team.
* Running game. Devontae Booker mustered just 35 yards on 18 carries. Yikes. Kapri Bibbs had 49 yards on five carries, got hurt, and is on IR. That's the Broncos this season. Enter Justin Forsett. I'm trying to get excited...
* Tough Schedule. The Broncos have to play a final four games that features all playoff contenders — at Titans, home to New England, at Chiefs, home to Raiders. The Broncos have to go 3-1 to be in the playoffs. That's a tall order.