Despite being officially eliminated from playoff contention ahead of the game, the Broncos played their best game of football in weeks as they snapped their eight game losing streak, beating the New York Jets at home, 23-0.
McCown, who had a fumble and an interception in the first half, struggled mightily and left the game in the third quarter with a hand injury. One play after enduring his fourth sack of the game, McCown was hit on a pass attempt by Denver linebacker Shane Ray, who caught McCown's left (non-throwing) hand. McCown ended the half with a awful stat line: 3-of-6, 18 yards, one interception, two sacks and one fumble.
Jets coach Todd Bowles said last week that, barring injury, the 38-year-old McCown would be his starter for the remainder of the season.
The Jets have suffered some awful losses here, from the 1998 AFC Championship game to a loss as the defending Super Bowl champion in 1969 to Tim Tebow running past Rex Ryan's defense in 2011. Petty replaced him for two plays and completed both of his pass attempts (one was nullified by penalty).
This was especially the theme of the first half. He finished the game with eight receptions for 93 yards, and Claiborne gave up nearly all of those plays.
As for the defense, they got back to their old ways forcing two turnovers and stopping the Jets offense in its tracks on almost every drive Sunday.
It was a long day for Claiborne, who has had a good season for the Jets. Siemian finished 19-for-31 for 200 yards and one touchdown, partly thanks to having many plays with no defenders getting in his face.
Von Miller notched his 10th sack of the season, which is incredibly impressive given how often the Broncos have been playing from behind. Sure, the Broncos are stout on defense, but that isn't the whole story.