Denver Broncos: Top 3 Plays vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Denver Broncos defense celebrates against the Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos defense celebrates against the Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos traveled down to Jacksonville and defeated the Jaguars 23-13 with a dominant second-half performance from both the offense and defense.

The defense was off to a shaky start as the opening drive for the Jaguars ended up as a touchdown. Kyle Fuller was victimized for an illegal contact penalty that kept the drive alive. The defense would eventually pick it up and shut down Trevor Lawrence in the second half.

The defense only gave up seven points again, but the special teams allowed a 102-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter which allowed the total points for the Jaguars to be 13. Nevertheless, the defense played better as the game went on.

The offense, just like the defense, got better as the game went on and a big part of that was because of Courtland Sutton. We witnessed a career day from Sutton as he had nine receptions for 159 yards. Teddy Bridgewater also played amazing, along with all the other offensive players like Noah Fant, Tim Patrick, Javonte Williams, Melvin Gordon III… just to name a few.

Let’s take a look at the top three plays of the game from the Week 2 win at Jacksonville.

Denver Broncos Top 3 Plays vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

3. Kareem Jackson picks off Trevor Lawrence when the defense needed a turnover the most.

Kareem Jackson was playing a steady game the whole time, being a big part of why the defense was getting better as the game went on. After starting the quarter great with the offense having a four-play drive for a touchdown, it was time for the defense to make a play, and they did.

Jackson read Lawrence the whole way on the play and picked it off while getting out of bounds on their own sideline. It changed the game, as the Broncos got the ball in great field position and would go on to extend the lead.

2. Patrick Surtain II gets his first career INT in his first NFL start with an amazing catch down the sideline.

With Ronald Darby on IR, it was time for the ninth overall pick to step up and start on the outside. Broncos Country has big expectations for Patrick Surtain II, just like the front office and he delivered Sunday afternoon.

Surtain II made an amazing catch down the sideline as he prevents a big play from the Jaguars‘ offense that would have put them back in the game. He looked like a WR catching that ball like that and it was something special. The future is bright for PS2 and this adds to his stat total which might help him win Rookie Defensive of the Year as he is one of the favorites to win it.

1. Teddy Bridgewater connects with Courtland Sutton on a 55-yard BOMB to start off the second half.

Coming out of half-time, the Broncos needed a big play to energize this team to make a run and extend the lead to two possessions. Pat Shurmur and Bridgewater did exactly that as it was a perfect play to dial up.

Bridgewater puts the ball where it needed to be for Sutton to go up and grab the ball. This was the biggest play of the game by far, as on the ensuing possessions, Bridgewater connects with Tim Patrick for six in a much-needed touchdown for the Broncos. This opened up the game for Denver as everyone picked up their play in the second half and dominated for the rest of the game.

The Denver Broncos have their home opener now against the New York Jets as rookie quarterback Zach Wilson comes into town. The Broncos look to carry the momentum and start off the regular season 3-0.