Up: Reunited in Orange. The slogan was imprinted all over Empower Field and it in no way felt corny or repetitive. This was a party and it was a pleasure to see so many fans wearing the same color.
Down: Blue seats. Whether it was COVID concerns or the insane traffic around the stadium, there were more blue backs on Sunday (3,897 no-shows) than one would expect for a Broncos team intending to close an unbeaten September on a sunny Mile High afternoon.
Op: Larry Legend. Just as every birthday deserves its own weekend, so does a sweater retiree ceremony. Thanks to the Broncos for giving Rockies legend Larry Walker another chance to take a bow on the big screen between the first and second quarters. Well deserved.
Down: Missing launch. Two things are true: 1.) The Broncos secondary was pretty good Sunday. 2.) The Jets’ passing game was simply bad. Between the drops and misguided throws from rookie QB Zach Wilson, it’s clear that New York’s sense of air did not leave with the departures of Sam Darnold and Adam Gase.
Up: Sutton strong. Some of the most impressive plays are those that go unnoticed, like receiver Courtland Sutton, who stood after taking an absolute shot at a five-yard reception on Denver’s first scoring drive. Bobble it, and a bug follows.
Down: Mosley lays hammer. How does it sound when 71,985 moan at once? Play Jets linebacker CJ Mosley’s first quarter on the shores of Melvin Gordon at the finish line and you’ll hear it. Of course, Gordon got him back in the second quarter and fired Mosley’s tackle attempt for a 1-yard TD.
Up: Beck is back. Inactive the first two games, it did not take long for the close end Andrew Beck to show off his value with an exquisite pull block that helped break Javonte Williams to a 14-yard burst on a sweep to the left in the first half.
Down: JETS bad, bad, bad. Never change, Jets. If anything, you’re always good at laughing — like the 56-yard Matt Ammendola field in the second quarter that wasn’t … because of a delayed flag. Instead? One more point.
Op: Screen Killer. They call outside linebacker Malik Reed “Dream Killer” for how he sniffs out quarterbacks’ dreams (which he once did with a sack on Sunday). We call him Screen Killer for what he did when he blew up a Jets video card on the Broncos 33 in the second quarter.
Down: Be quiet Sutton. Extra gassers to Sutton on Tuesday. A wide receiver should never ever be marked for a false starting penalty, as Sutton did in the second quarter. It pushed the Broncos to third and long inside their own 10. Innocent.
Op: Edgy Von. The Jets awarded two blocks to outside linebacker Von Miller on third-and-11 on the Jets 32 in the second quarter. Both barely got a hand on him when the Broncos sack champion jumped off the edge to count a sack for the third in a row to start the season.
Down: Denver starts. The Broncos apparently did not break a sweat in Sunday’s blowout victory, but it did come at a price. Between injuries to KJ Hamler (knee), RG Graham Glasgow (knee) and LG Dalton Risner (foot), the Jets certainly took a part out of Denver. And that’s getting very important.
Op: Flo Rida and Col Orado. There is a time and place for “Welcome to my house.” We just did not know it was a half show in week 3 at Empower Field.
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