LOWLIGHT Punters for Den­ver, Jack­sonville earn their pay

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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.

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