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Jacksonville Jaguars @ Denver Broncos - A Primer


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The Denver Broncos (4-1), who hold a two-game lead atop the AFC West, aim for their 400th overall victory on Sunday when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3). Kickoff at INVESCO Field at Mile High is set for 2:05p.m. MDT, and the game will be broadcast on CBS with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf calling the action.

Denver is coming off a 16-13 win at home against Tampa Bay last week. The Broncos posted three sacks against a Buccaneers squad that had not allowed a sack in its last two games while Denver kicker Matt Prater made all three field goal attempts, including a 55- yarder that marked his fourth 50+yard conversion this year.

The Broncos face a Jaguars team that lost 26-21 against Pittsburgh on Sunday night. All five of Jacksonville's games this season have been decided by seven points or fewer, and its defeat to the Steelers snapped the club's two-game winning streak.

Having won their last six home games in the regular season, the Broncos enter Sunday's game with the NFL's longest home winning streak. Quarterback Jay Cutler has sparked Denver's recent home success, throwing 15 touchdown passes and two interceptions in addition to completing 70 percent of his passes in that six-game period.

Named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September, Cutler has directed a Broncos offense that ranks second in the NFL in both yards per game (415.0) and first downs (117) while placing third in the league in points per game (29.8). Brandon Marshall has been a key part of Denver's offensive success, leading all NFL wide receivers in receptions (34) and posting the second-best receiving yards per game average (105.8) in the league.

Denver's defense has helped the club build early leads with the Broncos one of just five teams in the NFL to not allow a touchdown in the first quarter.



JACKSONVILLE 23, at DENVER 14 (Sept. 23, 2007)
Denver's 23-14 loss to Jacksonville snaps its NFL-best 10-game home September winning streak... Broncos TE Nate Jackson scores his first career touchdown... Denver holds Jacksonville to just two touchdowns in five trips inside its 5-yard line (2 FGs, 1 FUM on remaining three possessions)... In the last three games of the series, just 77 points combined have been scored (Jacksonville wins of 7-6 in 2004 and 23-14 this year; Denver 20-14 win in '05)...WR Brandon Marshall (7 rec. for 133 yds.) posts his first career 100-yard receiving game... Denver QB Jay Cutler (16-of-23, 222 yds., 1 TD, 1 INT) tosses a touchdown for the eighth consecutive game, extending the longest streak by any quarterback to start his Broncos career... Denver allows only 4.7 yards per play (70-326) while posting a 6.3-yard average itself (42-265).

DENVER 20, at JACKSONVILLE 7 (Oct. 2, 2005)
Denver limits the Jaguars to 12 rushing yards on 11 carries (1.1 avg.) to mark the second-lowest single-game rushing total by a Broncos opponent and the lowest since the team held Kansas City to 0 yards on Dec. 19, 1965... Denver T Dwayne Carswell, a former tight end, becomes the first offensive lineman in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to catch two touchdown passes in a game with 1 and 2-yard scoring grabs in the first half... Broncos RB Mike Anderson records the ninth 100-yard game of his career and his first such game since 2001 with 115 yards on 23 carries (5.0 avg.)... Denver CB Champ Bailey is inactive with a hamstring injury, marking the first game of his career he missed and the end of his NFL-best 99 consecutive starts streak.

at JACKSONVILLE 7, DENVER 6 (Sept. 19, 2004)
Denver limits an opponent to seven points or less but loses the game for only the second time in franchise history (10/22/78 at Baltimore)... The Broncos drive to the Jacksonville 23-yard line for a potential game-winning field goal, but Jaguars S Akin Ayodele recovers a fumble by Broncos RB Quentin Griffin to secure the win... The only quarter that features scoring is the second with Denver getting its points on Jason Elam field goals and Jacksonville scoring on a 12-yard TD catch by Ernest Wilford... Denver outgains Jacksonville by 180 yards (356 to 176)... Broncos WR Rod Smith collects a game-high six catches for 83 yards.

at JACKSONVILLE 27, DENVER 24 (Dec. 13, 1999)
Broncos TE Byron Chamberlain hauls in a 57-yard touchdown pass from QB Brian Griese to tie the score at 24 with 1:53 remaining, but Jaguars K Mike Hollis hits a 23-yard field goal as time expires for the game winner... Broncos QB Brian Griese throws for 275 yards on 21-of-33 (63.6%) passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions... Denver limits Jacksonville to 104 yards passing with DL Trevor Pryce posting three sacks (11 yds.).

at DENVER 37, JACKSONVILLE 24 (Oct. 25, 1998)
Broncos K Jason Elam ties a 28-year-old NFL-record for the longest field goal made with a 63-yard conversion in the second quarter... Denver outrushes Jacksonville 170 to 66, and RB Terrell Davis scores three rushing touchdowns in a 136-yard effort...Jaguars WRs Keenan McCardell (113 yds.) and Jimmy Smith (121 yds.) each go above the 100-yard receiving mark.