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NFL Week 2 Game Recap: Denver Broncos 23, Jacksonville Jaguars 13

Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws a pass against Jacksonville Jaguars defensive linemen Taven Bryan (93) during the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars needed a late kick-return score to make it look respectable, but this one wasn’t close. The Denver Broncos defense was once again suffocating, and the secondary allowed nothing consistent through the air en route to a 23-13 win in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season. 

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Denver Broncos 


Teddy Bridgewater has proven to be just what the doctor ordered for the Denver Broncos offense, as he has played extremely efficient and effective football through two games. This week, he didn’t have a single turnover-worthy play and kept his cool even when the pressure came. He finished 9-of-10 for 97 yards with a score when the pass rush got home.

Kept clean Under pressure
17/24 Comp./Att 9/10
231 Yards 97
1 Touchdowns 1
0 Interceptions 0
115.1 Passer rating 140.4
Running Backs

Javonte Williams was as advertised against the Jaguars. After setting PFF’s single-season forced missed tackle rate a year ago at North Carolina, Williams broke six tackles on 13 attempts today. In all, 45 of his 64 yards gained on the day came after contact.


It was great to see Courtland Sutton back to his best after tearing his ACL last season. The veteran receiver set career highs with nine catches and 159 yards Sunday. And while he didn’t punch in any scores, he put the Broncos offense in scoring range multiple times.

With Jerry Jeudy out for a while with an ankle injury, he’ll be the focus of the passing offense for the foreseeable future.

Offensive Line

Lloyd Cushenberry III had one of the best days of his young career as a pass-blocker.

Cushenberry was one of the lowest-graded pass-protecting centers in the league as a rookie and allowed two pressures last week against the Giants. he didn't allow a single pressure on 40 pass-blocking snaps this week, though.

Defensive Line

After a down 2019 and season-ending ankle injury in 2020, Von Miller is here to let you know he’s officially back. He racked up a healthy six pressures on the day, including a sack. At 32 years old, Miller may very well be ageless.

Pressures in Week 1 5
Pressures in Week 2 (pending review) 6
17-game pace 93.5

Have a day, Josey Jewell. He produced two stops in coverage, including this massive tackle for loss.

Unfortunately, an ankle injury shortened his day after 20 snaps, but he was on pace for something special.


Patrick Surtain II is here, and he’s legit. He was targeted seven times on the day and allowed only three catches for 30 yards with a pick. Of those three catches, only one went for a first down.

His pick was teaching tape on a go-ball, as he boxed the 6-foot-1 Tyron Johnson all the way to the sideline before locating the ball for the interception.

Jacksonville Jaguars


Trevor Lawrence‘s growing pains continued in Week 2. The same accuracy issues we saw in Week 1 were there again against the Broncos. While they may not have been as ugly, the two picks were still there. Unfortunately, he didn’t get too much help from his receivers, with three drops on his 17 catchable attempts.

Distance Completions Attempts Yards TD INT
Behind L.O.S. 5 5 9 0 0
1-9 Yards 5 13 28 0 0
10-19 Yards 2 8 32 0 0
20+ Yards 2 10 49 1 2

However, he did leave fans with a breathtaking highlight once again, as he dropped the Jaguars' first score in a bucket.

Running Backs

The Jaguars once again treated the run game as an afterthought. Some of that was obviously the fact that they were trailing by multiple scores most of the game, but they have been reluctant to get Trevor Lawrence’s legs involved, as well.


Laviska Shenault Jr. had a day to forget. The Jaguars could have been in the game throughout had it not been for two key third-down drops from the second-year receiver. They were decidedly uncharacteristic from him, too, as he dropped only three of his 61 catchable targets last season and eight of his 158 in college.

Offensive Line

The offensive line more than held up their end of the bargain on the day. Tasked with facing one of the top defensive lines in football, only backup guard Ben Bartch allowed a sack on the day. No player allowed more than three pressures, as they afforded Lawrence some time to work in a lot of obvious passing situations.

Defensive Line

The Jaguars' defensive line was unable to consistently affect Bridgewater and the Broncos' passing attack. They only generated pressure on 13-of-40 dropbacks on the day, as no player notched more than three total pressures.


It was a quiet day for the second level of the defense. There wasn’t much in the way of plays being made from the unit, as Myles Jack, Shaquille Quarterman and Damien Wilson led the group with only two stops.


It was a team effort in futility for the Jaguars secondary. Four different members of the secondary allowed over 30 yards in their coverage, with Chris Claybrooks leading the way with 61. They also had a big penalty from Rayshawn Jenkins that led to a field goal.

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