DEN­VER’S RUN GAME CON­TIN­UES TO STRUGGLE

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nashville, tenn.» Justin Forsett’s late-sea­son ar­rival in Den­ver last week was meant to pro­vide a spark for the Bron­cos’ run­ning game. Gary Ku­biak said the veteran back brought “a lot of juice” to a team strug­gling to es­tab­lish a run­ning at­tack.

But on his first carry Sun­day, Forsett lost a fum­ble. The turnover led to a Ten­nessee field goal and an early 10-0 deficit for the Bron­cos.

“The first carry, I hate los­ing the ball,” Forsett said. “That bring the whole day down for me. We got the loss, so it’s a tough one. I’ll be bet­ter next week, but just an all-around tough day.”

Forsett’s fum­ble snapped his streak of 950 car­ries with­out a fum­ble. He last fum­bled in a game in 2009.

The Bron­cos failed to run the ball well, again, with just 10 yards on four car­ries be­tween Forsett and No. 1 back Devon­tae Booker in the first quar­ter. They fin­ished with only 18 yards rush­ing as coach Gary Ku­biak went to an all-out pass­ing at­tack to try to catch up in the sec­ond half.

“We have to be more ef­fec­tive,” Forsett said. “We have to start faster. It’s just a com­bi­na­tion of a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing.”

Re­ceiver feats. Al­though the Bron­cos’ fourth-quar­ter rally fell short, Em­manuel San­ders and De­mary­ius Thomas each had 100 or more re­ceiv­ing yards. San­ders had 100, in his 100th reg­u­lar-sea­son game no less, and one touch­down. Thomas had 126 re­ceiv­ing yards, ty­ing Calvin John­son (34) for the sec­ond-most 100yard re­ceiv­ing games since 2011. (Julio Jones leads with 36 100yard games).

“We were able to throw the foot­ball and ex­ploit some of their cov­er­ages,” San­ders said. “That was fun to be able to throw the foot­ball around.”

In­ac­tives. Two weeks af­ter he muffed a pair of punts, Jor­dan Nor­wood was listed among the Bron­cos’ seven in­ac­tive play­ers against the Ti­tans. Nor­wood was re­placed by Kalif Ray­mond as the team’s lead­ing punt-re­turner at Jack­sonville.

Join­ing Nor­wood on the in­ac­tive list for Sun­day’s game was in­side line­backer Bran­don Mar­shall, who is deal­ing with a ham­string in­jury, quar­ter­back Austin Davis, cor­ner­back Lorenzo Doss, long snap­per Casey Kre­iter (calf ) and of­fen­sive line­men Con­nor McGovern and Billy Turner.

Foot­notes. Line­backer Von Miller was on the in­jury re­port last week with a hurt el­bow but said he wasn’t con­cerned. … Dekoda Wat­son (spe­cial teams), Thomas (of­fense) and T.J. Ward (de­fense) were the Bron­cos’ game-day cap­tains.

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