LOWLIGHT Punters for Denver, Jacksonville earn their pay
jacksonville, fla.» Sunday’s BroncosJaguars game developed into a puntfest. If you like punting, this was your game. How bad was it? There were 19 punts. Yes, 19. And the winning team had 11.
Maybe football like this is why NFL television ratings are sinking? Just a thought.
Once the Broncos moved ahead 17-3 in the third quarter, it was obvious their strategy was hold on to the ball, punt and figure there was no way Jacksonville could piece together two scoring drives to tie the game, no matter how many times Denver punted. It proved to be wise strategy. The Jaguars couldn’t, despite being given good field position time and again.
Here is a recap of the Broncos’ second-half possessions Sunday. (Cover your eyes.) • 3 plays, 7 yards, punt • 3 plays, 7 yards, punt • 5 plays, 7 yards, punt • 3 plays, 7 yards, punt (are you detecting a
theme here?) • 3 plays, 9 yards, punt • 3 plays, 5 yards, punt • 4 plays, 6 yards, field goal Jacksonville wasn’t faring much better, with punts ending its first three possessions and a second-half possession chart of punt, interception, punt, touchdown, downs, punt, punt, fumble, end of game.