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this was the Denver Broncos’ defense.Neither could Chris Harris Jr. Authentic Marcus Gilchrist Jersey , Shane Ray or anyone else on that side of the ball.A 34-16 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday in which they allowed 512 yards — including a whopping 323 on the ground — had the Broncos wondering what went wrong.”We’re usually a pretty stout defense,” Miller said. “Today, we weren’t. We got gashed over the top two or three times today. Yeah, it was a rough one.”Denver came in with the 17th overall defense, but was eighth against the run. Watching Isaiah Crowell scamper all over the field for a Jets-record 219 yards on 15 carries was stunning.”We start fast, but we can’t maintain it,” Harris said. “They ran the ball great today and we gave up too many big plays in the passing game. We can’t allow a team to run the ball like that. That’s not our standard.”No, this definitely isn’t the Orange Crush.These Broncos were simply crushed.”Too many big plays,” Harris said. “We have to rally the troops and start from square one. We have to figure out who wants to be here and who wants to change this. I’m all in. I want to win.”Denver has now lost three straight and was coming off a defeat to Kansas City in which the Broncos blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead.”It’s very frustrating,” Ray said. “We’re trying to be the best team that we can possibly be. And today, we didn’t put it all together. We didn’t put it together well at all. I don’t know what it is team-wise or what’s going on. This is not who we are.”This isn’t even the team we were last week.”In this one, the Jets turned the ball over on their second play from scrimmage when Adam Gotsis knocked the ball out of Bilal Powell’s hands and recovered at New York’s 20. Three plays later, Case Keenum found Courtland Sutton in the end zone from 8 yards out to give Denver a 7-0 lead.The Broncos kept the Jets off the scoreboard in the first quarter, but then New York took advantage of an ugly 20-yard punt early in the second by Colby Wadman, who replaced the injured Marquette King. Crowell took the handoff, scooted to the left sideline and zipped into the end zone for a 77-yard touchdown.On New York’s next possession, Sam Darnold found Robby Anderson streaking down the field uncovered and connected for a 76-yard TD that put New York ahead 14-7 with 10:46 left in the half.”Anyone who saw the game knows it wasn’t good enough,” safety Justin Simmons said. “It’s not what we do. We’ve got to be better. It wasn’t anything we weren’t expecting. We were undisciplined. We weren’t gap sound in the run game. Credit to them for making the plays, but it wasn’t anything that had us rattled. We just didn’t make the plays that we had to.”And this was against a Jets offense that had struggled mightily the last few weeks.They had only 178 total yards in a 31-12 loss at Jacksonville last Sunday, including just 34 on the ground.”It’s one of those moments where you really can’t put words to it,” Ray said, “because, obviously, I felt like this is a team we should beat — no disrespect to them.”The Jets’ offensive line not only opened holes all day for the running game, but it kept Darnold’s jersey mostly clean.Denver had just one sack, shared by Derek Wolfe and Domata Peko, and Miller had his third straight game without taking down a quarterback.”I feel like we’ve been close all season Womens Mike Nugent Jersey , but they don’t keep track of being close,” Miller said. “They keep track of stats — turnovers, sacks — and I just haven’t been worth anything the last couple of weeks.”While the Broncos were clearly angry about the loss, coach Vance Joseph insisted the locker room will be OK — and the team will be able to turn it around quickly.”It’s not going to be difficult, guys,” Joseph said. “We’re not going to fall for the noise. We came into this game on a short week after an emotional loss on Monday. We can’t surrender to this. That’s what the public thinks. That’s what the perceptions are. We have no excuses today. We didn’t play good and it showed up.”That team wanted it more than our football team today.”Next up for the Broncos are the high-scoring Los Angeles Rams, who will present another test for a defense that is looking for a rebound.”I’m ready,” Harris said. “I don’t care who we play. Whoever I have to guard, line them up. I’m ready to do my thing.”Tell the Truth: Victory! After four long weeks and the team adopting the true mantra of the Oakland Raiders, “It’s us against the world,” the Raiders earned their first win of the season. It wasn’t just about winning their first game of the season, but how. For the last four weeks pundits, experts, and prognosticators have been jumping down the throats of the quarterback Derek Carr, safety Reggie Nelson, head coach Jon Gruden, and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.Carr had been throwing interceptions in the red zone, missing open receivers (had Jordy Nelson open behind coverage), dinking and dunking without scoring, underthrowing and floating deep passes, and trying his best to get rid of the football in 1.9 seconds or less from the snap. Nelson (Reggie) has been the guy in the unenviable position of being roasted, toasted, and burnt to a crisp as the safety with deep responsibilities. Gruden has had his team looking like world beaters for 30 minutes then couldn’t make an adjustment to save their lives, or so it would appear. The man taking most of the heat has been Guenther. He’s had Gruden sit in on his meetings, been chastised for having Nelson’s back, fingers are being pointed at the defense’s 4th quarter collapse.Finding their will to winThe Raiders had every opportunity to quit. The fans were booing Carr from the stands, recently signed Matt McCrane was missing field goals from the dirt Authentic Jared Cook Jersey , rookie running back Nick Chubb rushed for 105 yards and 2 TD’s on three carries. Down two scores with 7:26 in the third quarter and it was starting to look and sound like the same old song. Carr and Marshawn Lynch took it upon themselves to re-write the ending.Lynch ran hard like a man possessed all game long. The Browns couldn’t stop him, they could barely slow him down. Lynch ran through faces over and over and over again, and the Browns couldn’t take it. As a matter of fact, Lynch ran so hard the refs early whistle cost him what could have been his longest touchdown run of the season. Lynch would finish with 130 yards on 20 carries, averaging 6.5 yards per carry with a long run of52 yards. The Gruden effect in plain sightCoach Gruden has made his hay working with quarterbacks. Raider Nation can be a fickle bunch at times, but Carr is on pace to have his greatest season to date and it’s only his first with his new coach and coordinator. If history repeats itself, once Carr settles down in the red zone, and begins to utilize his legs as a means to extend plays he can be in the MVP conversation.Carr’s efforts are largely going unappreciated due to the win-loss record (1-3) and his touchdown to interception ratio (6-7). Carr hasn’t been perfect and he himself has said multiple times that he has much to improve on. Carr has 16,063 passing yards as a Raider, which is good enough for 4th in franchise history. Daryle ‘The Mad Bomber’ LaMonica is next in Carr’s path at 16,655. Rich ‘Loose Canon’ Gannon had 17,585, and the great Kenny ‘The Snake’ Stabler leads with 19,078 passing yards. Defense finds the turnover bootyGreetings from Conley (Gareon Conley) Island. In the first quarter and first possession for the Browns, Conley did his best to welcome Baker Mayfield to the NFL with a pick-six. The first interception of Conley’s career and the first pick six for the Raiders dating back some time. Free agent Jonathon Hankins recovered not one but two fumbles from his defensive interior position. Ever the Johnny-on-the-spot Hankins was the first defender to see Mayfield mishandle the snap exchange. Rookie Maurice Hurst Jr. was a force and got multiple pressures including a strip sack, tying him for the team lead (2.0 sacks) with Bruce Irvin. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesLast but not least I have been a vocal proponent for never ever letting Nelson be left alone or in any deep safety coverage responsibility, but at the most pivotal time in the game when the defense needed a stop, Nelson came through clutch, just like coach Guenther has been saying he would. Final ThoughtsThis was a gut check performance from the Raiders. The Browns are no slouches and they are a better team with Mayfield under center than Tyrod Taylor. Mayfield was on time with his throws, precise with his ball placement and consistently hit his wide receivers in the hands. Many of the Raider Nation gave up on this team before the game was over. It was obvious in the amount of people trying to beat that Bay Area traffic in an effort to get home. How do you give up on a team with a quarterback who is fourth in passing yards, completions and completion percentage, and fifth in passing attempts? Maybe because in taking the chances many were clamoring for, he’s thrown more interceptions than usual. Carr does have the most in the league with seven.The fact is Carr and this offense are gelling now that they have a few games under their belts. This offense was largely absent during the preseason and it very well could have stunted their cohesion. In any case this offense is 2nd in the league in total yards, 15th in rushing, and 4th in passing yards and the team is miraculously tied for 14th with 29 total penalties.The record 1-3 wasn’t the start they were looking for but with the next seven weeks against teams that are still struggling to find themselves, they can get right in a heartbeat. So for now RaiderNation victory is yours and now we’re on to the Los Angeles Chargers.Follow Phil on twitter @PhilRobinsonNFL
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