"We're struggling on offense, and it's very difficult to win in this league if you can't score," Jets coach Herman Edwards said.
Plummer threw for 225 yards and again went without an interception. Anderson ran for 113 yards and three scores. The highlight, though, was the shutout, paced by four sacks, five turnovers and a thorough dismantling of all the New York quarterbacks: Brooks Bollinger, Vinny Testaverde and Kliff Kingsbury.
"It feels good," linebacker Al Wilson said. "Anytime you get it, I think it says a lot about the character of the defense."
That couldn't be said this time. Sadly, though, that's about the best thing that could be said about the Jets.
"I can't ask for more than what they have," Edwards said. "They're giving everything they have at this point."
Bollinger probably won't remember much of this debacle after being knocked out early with a concussion that left him vomiting on the sideline.
Testaverde replaced him and finished with 152 yards, including a few second-half drives in which the Jets' offense looked decent. But he lost a fumble on the second snap he took and four of his first five drives ended in turnovers. The 42-year-old warhorse hurt his ankle late, though, and gave way to Kingsbury, who Edwards said, "if we had to play tomorrow," would probably be New York's starter.
"The quarterback situation is in shambles," Edwards said.
Denver held the venerable Curtis Martin to 7 yards on four carries, his worst output since a 5-yard game early in 2002 when he was hurting and didn't play much.
John Lynch and Champ Bailey had interceptions and Michael Myers, Nick Ferguson and Roc Alexander had fumble recoveries, as the Denver defense produced its most turnovers since 2001.
On offense, Plummer was his usual efficient self. He lost a fumble on a fourth-down scramble in the third quarter, but by going 18-for-26 with no interceptions, he increased his team-record streak to 219 straight passes without a pick.
"I hope you keep asking me about it for the rest of the year," Plummer said of the interception-free streak. "Someday, when I'm done playing, I'll write a book about it. Right now, I'm just playing ball."
The Broncos ran 76 plays to New York's 43. They gained 404 yards to New York's 195. They made 28 first downs to New York's 10. Maybe most stunning, they let New York's offense run a grand total of two plays in the second quarter.
"That's a tremendous feeling," Broncos DE Ebenezer Ekuban said, "knowing in the third and fourth quarters, the defensive line and the whole defense is going to be fresh. It gives you a huge advantage."
The start is Denver's best since going 10-0 in 1998, en route to its second Super Bowl win. The Broncos haven't hosted a playoff game since then. But by winning, they maintained a two-game lead in the AFC West and also took a one-game lead over Cincinnati and Pittsburgh in the race for the conference's second seed.
"It's pretty satisfying," Bailey said. "But we always can get better."
- Jets CEO Woody Johnson declined to address questions about Edwards' future. The coach has a contract through 2007, but didn't quash speculation last week he might want to leave after this year for a possible opening in Kansas City.
- With his fifth interception of the season, Bailey tied his single-season best.