The Denver Broncos opened up the second quarter facing a third and four. Teddy Bridgewater looked towards Noah Fant, but the ball was overthrown to bring out the field goal unit. Brandon McManus would boot the 45-yarder through to put the Broncos up by 10 over the New York Jets.
Broncos 10, Jets 0.
Zach Wilson and the Jets began their next drive from their own 25-yard line. A short two yard run and a four yard pass set the Jets up with a third and four. Wilson completed a pass to his tight end that was an excellent catch on tight coverage. Wilson and the Jets began attacking the Broncos defense on the short routes and getting first downs by the skin of the teeth as they advanced into Broncos territory picking up two more first downs along the way.
Malik Reed put the Jets in a bad down and distance by sniffing out a screen for a five yard loss. On third and 13, Wilson avoid a sack and went after Patrick Surtain’s man and had his pass broken up to end the drive.
Zach Wilson eludes the rush on 3rd and long and launches the ball downfield. Patrick Surtain II in coverage.— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) September 26, 2021
As the Jets went to attempt a 56-yard field goal they were charged with a delay of game to make it a 61-yard field goal. They chose to punt instead. Diontae Spencer was forced to fair catch the punt at the Broncos own six yard line.
Denver would come up short after a Courtland Sutton false start penalty for their first three and out of the game.
Pressure from this defense outside of Von Miller has been an issue to start the season, but not on the Jets first play on their next drive. Mike Purcell broke free up the middle to chase Wilson out of the pocket where Shelby Harris mopped things up for the sack on first down. Wilson was chased outside again on second down and was forced to throw the ball away. On third and 11, Miller wanted to make sure people still knew he was around bringing Wilson down for his fourth sack of the season.
Von Miller gets to Zach Wilson on 3rd and long! pic.twitter.com/I9TI113q2v— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) September 26, 2021
Disaster struck the Broncos on their first offensive play of their next series. A high pass to Hamler saw him land very awkwardly on his left leg and he came up clutching his knee.
The Broncos would convert a third and 10 to keep the drive alive after that terrible event with Hamler that saw the young wide receiver taken to the locker room with a knee injury.
Bridgewater then found Tim Patrick down the field to the Jets 20 yard line on the other side of the two minute warning. A quick pass inside kept the clock running down to under a minute at the Jets 14 yard line, then Melvin Gordon dragged multiple defenders down to the one yard line. However, a holding call on Graham Glasgow pushed Denver back outside the 20.
On third and 10, Bridgewater went to the end zone to Courtland Sutton who was interfered with to set Denver up with a first and goal from the one yard line. Melvin Gordon would punch it in from there with less than a minute to go in the half for a big first half lead.
Broncos 17, Jets 0.
Malik Reed would notch a sack on the Jets next drive to ensure they would not have any opportunities to enter halftime with some points.