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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Broncos got a much-needed win as they beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-10, on Sunday.

Broncos rookie first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch got his second career start at quarterback. Starter Trevor Siemian was out after spraining his left foot last week in an overtime loss against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The game started slow as both teams were forced to punt throughout the first quarter. The quarter ended with a combined six punts and no points.

In the second quarter, Jacksonville went ahead, 3-0, on a 47-yard field goal.

The Broncos were finally able to find the end zone about halfway through the second quarter. After a few great runs by Kapri Bibbs, Devontae Booker got into the end zone to make it 7-3.

It was the Broncos’ first rushing touchdown in four games.

On the Jaguars’ next drive, Chris Harris Jr intercepted Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. Denver was unable to capitalize on the opportunity and was forced to punt again.

The Broncos extended their lead going into halftime with a 32-yard field goal by Brandon McManus to make it 10-3.

Later in the third quarter, a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown by Bradley Roby extended the Broncos’ lead to 17-3. It was the 11th pick-six of Bortles’ three-year career and his third in the past four games.


To start the fourth quarter, the Jaguars went for it on fourth-and-4 and Bortles turned it into a 22-yard touchdown run to make it 17-10.

Jacksonville had a chance to tie the game late, but but Bortles fumbled while in the pocket. It was the third turnover of the game for the Jaguars.

“They were exceptional,” coach Gary Kubiak said of the defense.

“There was no way we were going to lose this game late like we did last week,” Roby said of the overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

After a few more punts by both teams in the fourth quarter, a field goal by McManus made it 20-10.

The Broncos offense was pedestrian, going 1 for 13 on third downs and finishing with only 206 yards.

With the win, the Broncos improve to 8-4, but remain third in the AFC West, two games behind the Oakland Raiders and one game behind the Chiefs.

The Broncos travel to Nashville to play the Tennessee Titans at 11 a.m. next week.