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Sunday, October 12, 2008
Rapid reaction: Jaguars 24, Broncos 17

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Denver defense may be just ordinary at best, but the reason the Broncos have lost two games this season is because of mistakes on offense.

Interesting, isn't it?

Denver's money unit is clearly its offense. But when the offense makes mistakes it can't win. That was the case two weeks ago in a 33-19 loss at Kansas City and it was the case today against Jacksonville.

Denver lost three turnovers. Quarterback Jay Cutler threw an interception and lost a fumble. Receiver Brandon Marshall lost a fumble inside Jacksonville's 10-yard line. Marshall also dropped a key pass in the fourth quarter with Denver trailing by a touchdown. Denver also failed on fourth-and-1 late in the second quarter.

This is a fine offense. But don't discount the fact that it has scored just a combined 52 points the past three weeks, so it can't make mistakes. The Denver defense isn't good enough. Denver has to do more than it has in recent weeks and that means the Broncos have to stop making critical mistakes on offense.