- WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 13; 2:05 p.m. MDT.
- WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
- TV: CBS.
- SERIES RECORD: Jaguars lead 5-3 (series tied 1-1 in the postseason).
- JOHN FOX'S RECORD: 1-1.
- PEYTON MANNING'S RECORD: 14-5.
- SERIES STREAK: Jacksonville has won three straight and five of the last six.
- LAST TIME: Jaguars 24, Broncos 17, Sept. 12, 2010. What became the Broncos' worst season in the last four decades began in ominous fashion with a mistake-plagued loss at EverBank Field. The first drive saw a potential first-and-10 from the Jacksonville 12 nullified by a holding penalty that pushed the Broncos back and eventually lead to a punt, and the Broncos devolved from there. The Broncos got just 14 points from five drives that advanced past the Jacksonville 35-yard-line. Denver outgained Jacksonville 363 yards to 299, but a minus-three turnover ratio, a sputtering ground game and a pass rush that mustered just one sack and allowed David Garrard to complete 76 percent of his passes were precusors of the problems to come in the next 15 games. Perhaps the most memorable aspect of the game was a 33-minute lightning delay from 3:17 to 3:50 p.m. EDT after storms struck.
- LAST TIME IN DENVER: Jaguars 24, Broncos 17; Oct. 12, 2008. Jacksonville snapped a six-game Denver home winning streak by grinding down the Broncos and capitalizing off a pair of questionable calls in the second half. The first, an illegal-contact penalty against Dre' Bly, resuscitated a Jaguars drive that was about to end on downs and led to a 30-yard Marcedes Lewis touchdown catch five plays later. The second, a pass-interference infraction against Denver safety Marlon McCree, gave the Jaguars a first down with 4:39 remaining. The penalty moved the Jaguars to the Denver 32, and they promptly ground down the clock with five runs for 22 yards and three kneeldowns. For a second consecutive season, the Jaguars used a strong ground game to shove the football down the Broncos' throats; Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
NOTING THE GAME:
- If you can't beat him, hire him. The Broncos went 1-4 against the Jaguars when current defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was their head coach, including 0-2 at home. Del Rio, who was Fox's defensive coordinator in 2002 with the Panthers, split his two games against his former -- and now current -- boss.
- Manning has a career 99.8 quarterback rating in 19 games against the Jaguars, completing 434 of 668 passes for 5,243 yards, 38 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
- This will mark the first time the Broncos have faced the Jaguars since Gus Bradley became their head coach on Jan. 17. They've faced Bradley once when he was Seattle's defensive coordinator, and racked up 369 yards from scrimmage -- 304 through the air -- en route to a 31-14 home win on Sept. 19, 2010. Denver was one of 10 teams to score at least 31 points on the Seahawks during their 18 regular-season and postseason games.
- The biggest question regarding the Jaguars is at quarterback, where 2011 first-round pick Blaine Gabbert faces the year that will determine whether he's the long-term answer or a bridge to the 2014 draft, which has a deeper quarterback class than this year. Chad Henne and recent pickup Mike Kafka are in the mix, but Henne's quarterback rating of 72.2 in six Jaguars starts last year was 5.2 points lower than Gabbert's. His touchdown-to-interception ratio, completion percentage and sack ratio were also worse. Gabbert has a career 5-19 record as a starter, although, and although his numbers improved across the board from his rookie season to year two, the rapid ascent of other recent first-round quarterbacks means that patience will be short. By the time the Jaguars arrive, we could have a good idea whether their future involves Gabbert or not.
- Just 13 of the 44 starters from the last Broncos-Jaguars game are still with their teams -- seven for Denver and six for Jacksonville. One other starter from that day will line up on the opposite sideline: Broncos defensive tackle
Terrance Knighton, who reunited with Del Rio in March.
- This game will take place as the Jaguars begin a brutal nine-week stretch that includes just two games in Jacksonville and trips to St. Louis, Denver, London, Nashville, Houston and Cleveland. That's followed by three home games in 18 days.
- Former Broncos assistant coach Jedd Fisch will be the Jaguars' offensive coordinator. It's his first NFL stint in that position. He coached wide receivers for Denver in 2008. Fisch worked on the Seahawks' staff with Bradley in 2010 before becoming the University of Miami's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the last two seasons.