Broncos snap 8-game losing streak with shutout win over Jets

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But here they are on the fringe of the playoff race behind the play of quarterback Josh McCown, who's having the best season of his 15-year National Football League career.

After the Broncos' head coach raised eyebrows this week by holding consecutive practices at the team's $35 million indoor facility despite playable-to-gorgeous outdoor conditions, Denver played its best game in almost 2 ½ months by dominating the New York Jets, 23-0, Sunday at eventually-to-be-renamed Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS (3-9): Trevor Siemian tossed three interceptions for the second time in as many starts in a 35-9 setback to Miami last week.

Two plays later, Siemian threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas who snagged it over cornerback Morris Claiborne in the right front of the end zone. The Broncos shut out New York's explosive offense, holding it to 60 yards passing and 59 yards rushing.

The Broncos' first shutout since November 20, 2005, a 27-0 win over the Jets, was fueled by a defense that held the Jets in check all afternoon. Latimer made the first play, turning back for a 27-yard reception that set up the Brandon McManus field goal that put the Broncos in front to stay on their first possession. "Not numbers. It's been the best because of the group of men in the locker room". Many thought this defense might be crashing back down to Earth, but we saw first hand what it can be when it doesn't have an offense putting them in burdensome situations. We played awful. We didn't do our jobs. I don't know for sure. "We were due for a win".

MOVIN' ON UP: Thomas' TD catch was the 56th of his career, surpassing Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe for second in franchise history.

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"It's been the best because of the guys", McCown said. "And he came out and he played inspired football", Joseph said of Thomas, who received a game ball, as did the entire defense. The last time they won was week 4 against the Oakland Raiders.

Broncos Country has been waiting since October for another Broncos win - and they finally got it on Sunday.

That helped give the Broncos great field position all afternoon.

"Heck of a catch", Siemian said.

Denver got on the board first and maintained the lead throughout the game. McCown briefly left in the second quarter after he was sandwiched by Aqib Talib and Jamal Carter - before being hammered by Ray in the third quarter.

The Broncos lost starting safety Justin Simmons to an ankle injury in the first quarter and he was replaced by Will Parks.

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