DENVER — This one turned out to be more about "if" than "how many" for Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
Derailed by its mistakes, to say nothing of an in-your-face Jaguars defense, Denver found itself in quite a tussle through most of Sunday afternoon.
Not until early in the fourth quarter, when Knowshon Moreno ran for his third touchdown, did the undefeated Broncos have any sense of security against the winless Jags. Denver won 35-19 but fell well short of covering the NFL-record 27-point Las Vegas betting line.
"There was a lot of bad football out there," Broncos receiver Wes Welker said. "We've got to correct that stuff and come out better next time."
Manning threw for 295 yards, marking the first time he has passed for fewer than 300 this season. His two touchdown passes gave him 22, a record through six games of a season.
But he also lost two fumbles on bad exchanges and threw his second interception of the season, which linebacker Paul Posluszny returned 59 yards for a touchdown to pull the Jaguars within 14-12 before the half.
Then quarterback Chad Henne, whose wife was in labor in Jacksonville, led the Jaguars on an 80-yard touchdown drive against the banged-up Broncos to make it 21-19 after Manning opened the third quarter with a TD drive.
"Sometimes you score a lot of points and people take it for granted," Manning said. "Even people in your own building can take it for granted. It's not easy to win football games."
Justin Blackmon had 14 catches for 190 yards for Jacksonville, 0-6 for the first time.
"What I saw was a team that played with a lot of emotion, and it got the best of us," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. "I just felt like the emotion got the best of us, but we settled down."