Broncos vs. Jets 2005 & 2017: Inside the shutouts

Back on Oct. 22, the Denver Broncos hit what seemed like a new low when they were shut out for the first time since 1992 in a 21-0 loss to the Chargers in Los Angeles. That loss was only a sign of things to come, however, as the Broncos would lose eight straight — the team’s most consecutive losses since 1967 when they dropped nine in a row.

On Sunday, more than two full months after their last win, the Broncos took a small step to salvaging the season with a shutout of their own over the New York Jets.

The shutout was the first time since 2005 that the Broncos have held an opponent scoreless. Coincidentally, it was against those very same Jets that the Broncos last kept their opponent off the board.

Here’s a quick look at how those two games compared…

Game Details

2005: Nov. 20, Week 11 – Broncos (7-2) vs. Jets (2-7)
2017: Dec. 10, Week 14 – Broncos (3-9) vs. Jets (5-7)

Final Score

2005: Broncos 27, Jets 0
2017: Broncos 23, Jets 0

Total Yards

2005: Broncos 404, Jets 195
2017: Broncos 273, Jets 100

Scoring

2005: Mike Anderson, 3 rushing TDs; Jason Elam, 2 FGs
2017: Demaryius Thomas, 1 receiving TD; Andy Janovich, 1 rushing TD; Brandon McManus, 3 FGs

Broncos Quarterbacks

2005: Jake Plummer – 18-for-26, 225 Yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 2 Sacks
2017: Trevor Siemian – 19-for-31, 200 Yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 2 Sacks

Jets Quarterbacks

2005: Vinny Testaverde – 15-for-25, 152 Yards, 0 TD, 2 INT, 2 Sacks
Brooks Bollinger – 4-for-5, 26 Yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 1 Sacks
Kliff Kingsbury – 1-for-2, 17 Yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 0 Sacks
2017: Josh McCown – 6-for-12, 46 Yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 4 Sacks
Bryce Petty – 2-for-9, 14 Yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 0 Sacks

Broncos Turnovers

2005: One (1) – Jake Plummer fumble forced by Jonathan Vilma (Derrick Strait recovered)
2017: Zero (0)

Jets Turnovers

2005: Five (5) – Justin Miller kickoff return fumble forced by Cecil Sapp (Roc Alexander recovered); Vinny Testaverde fumble (Nick Ferguson recovered); John Lynch interception of Testaverde; Champ Bailey interception of Testaverde; Ian Gold strip sack of Testaverde (Michael Myers recovered)
2017: Two (2) – Brandon Marshall strip sack of Josh McCown (Adam Gotsis recovered); Darian Stewart interception of McCown

Third-Down Efficiency

2005: Broncos 7-for-15, Jets 3-for-9
2017: Broncos 7-for-17, Jets 3-for-13

Fourth-Down Efficiency

2005: Broncos 2-for-3, Jets 0-for-1
2017: Broncos 1-for-1, Jets 0-for-1

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