The New York Jets received the opening kickoff and began at their own 25-yard line. They would go a quick three and out after Alexander Johnson dropped back into coverage and tipped a pass away on third down.
After a taunting penalty on the Jets special teams unit, Melvin Gordon got things going offensively with a 10 yard run on first down. He would get a face mask penalty on him as well that would give the Denver Broncos yet another free 15 yards into Jets territory.
From the Jets 41-yard line, the run game was stuffed on back to back plays for a total of a one yard loss. Graham Glasgow would go down on the field on the second run play. Trainers would look at his left leg, but Glasgow would end up walking off the field under his own power. On third and 11, Bridgewater tossed it outside to Melvin Gordon who would shake the initial tackler to turn it up field for a 21 yard gain.
Teddy Bridgewater finds Melvin Gordon on 3rd and 11. The back rumbles on for 20+ pic.twitter.com/FVEqGwQuR8— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) September 26, 2021
From the Jets 21, Denver would lose three yards on a screen pass and then get those yards back from a run inside by Javonte Williams. On third and 10, Bridgewater had the pocket collapse around him for the sack. Brandon McManus would kick the 48-yard field goal to extend the Broncos lead.
Broncos 20, Jets 0.
The Jets tried to get things going on their next drive after Zach Wilson converted a third and short on a quarterback sneak, but then Dre’Mont Jones blew up the middle of the line to tackle the running back for a seven yard loss.
Dre'Mont Jones almost beats Michael Carter to the ball. pic.twitter.com/hvbQRCykC4— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) September 26, 2021
On third and 12, Wilson was hit as he threw to force another Jets punt.
The Broncos next drive saw two interior offensive linemen out with both Dalton Risner (foot) and Graham Glasgo (knee) were held out of their next series. A block in the back penalty on Noah Fant and Williams getting blown up for a big loss resulted in a third and 13 for Denver that they could not convert.
Sam Martin’s had his punt deflected for just a 26-yard punt to give the Jets solid field position at their own 41-yard line.
The Jets would be threatening within field goal range to end the third quarter.