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The Denver Broncos blanked the New York Jets on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High to end their eight-game losing streak.

0:40 | December 10, 2017 | Denver Broncos, Football, New York Jets, NFL

Game Information
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 75,518

DENVER (AP) This was the way the Denver Broncos thought they'd play against that other New York team all those months ago.

"This is the kind of game we expected to play against everyone, not just New York," Shane Ray said after the Broncos snapped their longest losing streak since joining the NFL in 1970 with a 23-0 shutout of the Jets on Sunday. "Everybody that we play, we should beat them like this. Period. We just haven't been able to find that formula."

Until Sunday.

Their skid began with a shocking 23-10 loss at home to the then-winless Giants, one of seven double-digit losses during a losing streak that cost offensive coordinator Mike McCoy his job and put rookie head coach Vance Joseph on the hot seat.

It was the Broncos' first win in 70 days.

"It feels like 100 years," declared quarterback Trevor Siemian, who hooked up with Demaryius Thomas eight times for 93 yards and a touchdown as the Broncos (4-9) avoided tying their franchise futility record of nine consecutive losses set way back in 1967.

The all-round dominance left Joseph wondering where that team had been.

"Somewhat, but we knew if we played clean football, it could look like that," Joseph said. "... Our defense can be a difference if we're in the football game."

Of the 480 minutes of game clocking during their eight-game losing streak, the Broncos had led a mere 12 minutes, 36 seconds and they came into the game with 16 more turnovers than takeaways. They were plus-2 Sunday.

The Broncos' first shutout since Nov. 20, 2005, a 27-0 win over the Jets, was fueled by a defense that held the Jets in check all afternoon.

Coming off a big win over the Chiefs in which they scored 38 points and had over 500 yards of offense, the Jets (5-8) were limited to just 100 yards - 59 on the ground and 41 through the air - by a defense missing injured linemen Domata Peko and Derek Wolfe.

Jets quarterback Josh McCown was knocked from the game twice by hard hits, including a clean shot by Ray in the third quarter that left McCown with a broken left hand and fighting back tears at the postgame podium.

McCown finished just 6 of 12 for 46 yards, and his replacement, Bryce Petty was 2 of 9 for 14 yards.

After Denver's opening drive resulted in a 31-yard field goal by Brandon McManus, Denver's defense took over. On the Jets' third snap of their first possession, linebacker Brandon Marshall sliced through for a strip sack and defensive end Adam Gotsis recovered McCown's fumble at the Jets 20-yard line.

Two plays later, Siemian hit Thomas for the 20-yard score, giving Denver its first double-digit lead since Oct. 1 against Oakland, the date of their last victory.

McManus added a 53-yarder just before halftime that gave the Broncos a 13-0 lead heading into the locker room, and fullback Andy Janovich bulled his way in from the 1 to make it 20-0 before McManus capped the scoring with a 40-yard field goal.

"I don't know what happened," Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins said after catching just one pass for a single yard. "This week, we were the worst offense. We played terrible. We didn't do our jobs. It was embarrassing, frustrating and it's on all of us. I don't know what to say."

Down the hallway, the Broncos finally had something to celebrate.

"It's been a long time coming," Aqib Talib said. "We were due for a win. We ain't THAT bad."

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. Wide receiver Rod Smith's 68 TD receptions are the most all-time.

"I challenged our guys last night, all of our team leaders to play better football. And he came out and he played inspired football," Joseph said of Thomas, who received a game ball, as did the entire defense.

TERRIFIC TAYLOR: The Broncos finally benched rookie punt returner Isaiah McKenzie for good after he returned from his first benching last week only to fumble for the sixth time, this one for a safety in a loss at Miami.

So, they went back to Jordan Taylor, who had done nothing wrong for two weeks to get supplanted by McKenzie, and he rewarded them by returning five punts for 62 yards Sunday, an average of 12.4 yards.

That helped give the Broncos great field position all afternoon.

"Aside from D.T., Jordan Taylor's the MVP of the game," Siemian said.

INJURIES: Jets running back Elijah McGuire (ankle) and long snapper Thomas Hennessy (head) were knocked out of the game in the first half.

The Broncos lost starting safety Justin Simmons to an ankle injury in the first quarter and he was replaced by Will Parks. Inside linebacker Todd Davis was evaluated for a possible concussion in the fourth quarter, and safety Jamal Carter (left shoulder) also was knocked from the game.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jets Broncos
09:02 Brandon McManus 31 yd FG 0 3
07:16 Demaryius Thomas 20 yd pass from Trevor Siemian (Brandon McManus kick) 0 10

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jets Broncos
00:32 Brandon McManus 53 yd FG 0 13

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jets Broncos
06:30 Andy Janovich 1 yd run (Brandon McManus kick) 0 20

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jets Broncos
11:33 Brandon McManus 40 yd FG 0 23

Team Stats
  New York Denver
1st Downs 6 17
Total Yards 100 273
Passing 41 189
Passing Completions/Attempts 8-21 19-31
Yards/Pass 1.6 5.7
Rushing 59 84
Rushing Attempts 23 35
Yards/Rush 2.6 2.4
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles Lost 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Possession 22:25 37:35

New York Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Josh McCown 6 12 46 3.8 0 1
Bryce Petty 2 9 14 1.6 0 0

Denver Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Trevor Siemian 19 31 200 6.5 1 0

New York Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Bilal Powell 13 35 2.7 0 12
Matt Forte 6 13 2.2 0 5
Josh McCown 2 7 3.5 0 8
Bryce Petty 1 7 7.0 0 7
Elijah McGuire 1 -3 -3.0 0 -3

Denver Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
C.J. Anderson 22 48 2.2 0 7
Devontae Booker 9 22 2.4 0 6
Trevor Siemian 3 13 4.3 0 9
Andy Janovich 1 1 1.0 1 1

New York Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Robby Anderson 3 27 9.0 0 13
Matt Forte 2 21 10.5 0 14
Lawrence Thomas 1 7 7.0 0 7
Jermaine Kearse 1 4 4.0 0 4
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 1 1 1.0 0 1
ArDarius Stewart 0 0 0.0 0

Denver Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Demaryius Thomas 8 93 11.6 1 25
Cody Latimer 2 37 18.5 0 27
C.J. Anderson 2 25 12.5 0 13
Emmanuel Sanders 1 16 16.0 0 16
Jamaal Charles 3 12 4.0 0 7
Devontae Booker 2 12 6.0 0 7
Jeff Heuerman 1 5 5.0 0 5

New York Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Demario Davis 10 3 0.5 3
Jamal Adams 5 0 0 0
Jordan Jenkins 4 0 0 0
Darron Lee 4 1 0 0
Steve McLendon 4 1 0 0
Muhammad Wilkerson 3 3 1 4
Marcus Maye 3 1 0 0
David Bass 2 1 0.5 3
Josh Martin 2 0 0 0
Terrence Brooks 1 0 0 0
Morris Claiborne 1 0 0 0
Kony Ealy 1 0 0 0
Rontez Miles 1 0 0 0
Mike Pennel 1 0 0 0
Darryl Roberts 1 0 0 0
Buster Skrine 1 0 0 0
Leonard Williams 1 1 0 0
Kelvin Beachum 0 0 0 0
Juston Burris 0 0 0 0
Matt Forte 0 0 0 0
Thomas Hennessy 0 0 0 0
Julian Stanford 0 0 0 0

Denver Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Brandon Marshall 6 1 1 4
Von Miller 4 0 1 7
Adam Gotsis 3 0 1 0
Zaire Anderson 3 0 0 0
Todd Davis 3 2 0 0
Will Parks 3 2 0 0
Kyle Peko 2 0 0 0
Shelby Harris 1 1 1 8
Chris Harris Jr. 1 0 0 0
Zach Kerr 1 0 0 0
Bradley Roby 1 0 0 0
Darian Stewart 1 0 0 0
DeMarcus Walker 1 0 0 0
Jamal Carter Sr. 0 1 0 0
Bennie Fowler 0 0 0 0
Cody Latimer 0 0 0 0
Shane Ray 0 1 0 0
Aqib Talib 0 1 0 0

New York Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Denver Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Darian Stewart 1 24 0

New York Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
JoJo Natson Jr. 1 27 27.0 0 27

Denver Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

New York Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
JoJo Natson Jr. 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Denver Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jordan Taylor 5 62 12.4 0 24

New York Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
No kicking stats.

Denver Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Brandon McManus 3 4 75.0 53

New York Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Lachlan Edwards 8 365 56

Denver Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Riley Dixon 5 247 60