Josh McCown Diagnosed with Broken Hand vs. Broncos; Replaced by Bryce Petty

Josh McCown Diagnosed with Broken Hand vs. Broncos; Replaced by Bryce Petty

Even after close defeats, the Jets seemed to be on track, had players openly talking about the playoff race in the locker room, and gave their long-suffering faithful hope.

After the Broncos' head coach raised eyebrows this week by holding consecutive practices at the team's $35 million indoor facility despite playable-to-gorgeous outdoor conditions, Denver played its best game in almost 2 ½ months by dominating the New York Jets, 23-0, Sunday at eventually-to-be-renamed Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Gang Green's defense was just as uninspiring, as it couldn't slow down Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian, or contain wideout Demaryius Thomas.

The New York Jets just can't stand prosperity, and they've shown that time and again this season.

McCown has been surprisingly solid, coming into the game throwing for 2,880 yards, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions, helping lead the Jets to a better record than many expected prior to the season.

After Denver's opening drive resulted in a 31-yard field goal by Brandon McManus, Denver's defense took over. Their first series of the second half was a 13-play drive that lasted more than 6 minutes and was capped by fullback Andy Janovich's 1-yard touchdown plunge to give Denver it's 20-0 lead. It was the Jets" first shutout loss since San Diego in "14, and the Broncos' first shutout win since their 2005 blanking of the Jets at home, 27-0. "This week, we were the worst offense". It was embarrassing, frustrating and it's on all of us. I don't know for sure.

Down the hallway, the Broncos finally had something to celebrate. "We were due for a win". Wide receiver Rod Smith's 68 TD receptions are the most all-time.

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McCown, 38, is in the midst of the best season of his 15-year career.

They were no match for the Broncos on Sunday. Regardless, Anderson should still continue being a force to reckon with and have another strong game against the Broncos. And that's a shame, considering they've played hard for head coach Todd Bowles in all but two games (Sunday and in a Week 2 loss in Oakland).

If Forte does play, he could help the Jets against a Broncos defense that is giving up a lot of points at the moment.

"Heck of a catch", Siemian said.

With Emmanuel Sanders almost a complete no-show, Denver relied on a masterful game by leading receiver Demaryius Thomas to beat the Jets.

The Broncos lost starting safety Justin Simmons to an ankle injury in the first quarter and he was replaced by Will Parks.

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