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The question revolving around this game was not "who is going to win?" but "how many points will Peyton Manning put up this week?"
Everyone expected a blowout but this game was much closer than it should have been. The league's top offense against its worst produced a score of 35-19 in a game that was given an NFL record-tying 28-point spread by the oddsmakers. It was a sloppy game for the Broncos but they got the win.
"There was a lot of bad football out there," receiver Wes Welker said. "We've got to correct that stuff and come out better next time."
According to the Associated Press, Peyton Manning was 28 of 42 for 295 yards and two touchdowns. He did, however, lose two fumbles on bad quarterback center exchanges and threw an interception which was returned 59 yards for a score by Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny.
“Certainly, it does motivate the opponent when they’re hearing it all week,” Manning said, referring to the lopsided prediction. “For us, it is business as usual, and it is about executing every single week.”
N.Y. Times reports that Jaguars backup quarterback Chad Henne, who was playing in place of an injured Blaine Gabbert, had a good game, hitting Justin Blackmon 14 times for 190 yards. He also led the offense on an 80-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter to make the score 21-19.
Maurice Jones-Drew also played well rushing for 71 yards.
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