15:00: The captains are at midfield, and the Jaguars call heads. It’s tails. The Broncos elect to receive, and we’re about to be underway.
15:00: After a touchback — Andre Hall and Peyton Hillis were back to return — the Broncos have a first-and-10 at their own 20. Jay Cutler drops back and finds Brandon Marshall on the first play of the game for a 16-yard gain — Marshall avoids some tacklers and weaves his way forward.
On the very next play, Marshall caught the ball again, this time for an 11-yard first down. Cutler follows that up by finding Marshall for a third play in a row for an 18-yard first down. The Broncos aren’t finding it too hard to find first downs right now.
13:19: On first-and-10, Cutler scrambles forward for eight more yards. Michael Pittman takes a quick one-yard pass and the Broncos are faced with their first third down of the day, and Pittman converts it with his first carry up the middle for three yards. First down for the Broncos on the Jacksonville 23.
9:41: Jay Cutler finds Brandon Stokley on the left side of the endzone for an 11-yard touchdown snare. Matt Prater’s extra point is through the uprights and the Broncos are off to a quick start. They lead the Jaguars, 7-0.
9:27: Maurice Jones-Drew took the ball 18 yards forward from the goal line, and the Jaguars will start their first drive from their own 18-yard line. The defensive starters are John Engelberger, Dewayne Robertson, Marcus Thomas, Elvis Dumervil, D.J. Williams, Nate Webster, Boss Bailey, Champ Bailey, Dre’ Bly, Marlon McCree and Marquand Manuel.
9:27: Boss Bailey and Dre’ Bly are getting the crowd fired up, as usual, and the Broncos defense is looking to continue a solid streak — they’re one of only five teams in the league to not allow a first-quarter touchdown.
8:27: After an eight-yard gain followed by a run stopped for no gain, the Jaguars are faced with a short third down conversion. David Garrard finds Dennis Northcutt for 13 yards and the first down.
7:27: On a quick pass from David Garrard, Nate Webster laid a big hit on the receiver that caused a fumble, and D.J. Williams pounced on it — Broncos ball on their own 42. It was the Jaguars’ first turnover in the last 10 quarters.
6:37: On the very first play after the fumble recovery, Cutler found a hole up the middle and scrambled toward the first down marker, but the ball was stripped by former Bronco Reggie Hayward, and the Jaguars recovered the ball.
5:37: It looked like Marcus Thomas had a sack, but another offensive lineman came over and helped double-team him, so Garrard managed to scramble to his right and find Reggie Williams for a first down.
5:02: A big stop on Jones-Drew sets up a third-and-9 for the Jaguars from the Denver 34-yard line. D.J. Williams makes the tackle on Reggie Williams at around the 30-yard line, leaving Jacksonville with a fourth-down — Josh Scobee is out to attempt a 48-yard field goal, and he knocks it through. The Jaguars pull back within four points, 7-3.
3:55: Hall is back to return the kickoff, and he’s moving around, just warming his legs up. But for a second it looked a little like he might be dancing to Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend,” which is pumping through the speakers. Pretty funny.
Back to football — he takes the kickoff and moves the pile a few yards up to the 24-yard line, where the Broncos will start their drive.
3:48: Pittman, who is starting in place of the inactive Selvin Young, finds a big hole up the middle, leaps over some downed defenders and picks up nine yards on first down. On second, he follows it up with another run toward the right tackle for seven yards, setting up another first down at the Denver 40.
3:48: It’s Pittman again, and he takes a pitch to the left side and picks up five yards. Then Pittman one more time, taking the ball up the left side for a big gain into Jacksonville territory — but there’s a flag on the play — holding on Ryan Clady. That makes it second-and-7 from the 43.
1:48: Cutler has his second-down pass knocked down at the line, so it is third-and-7. Andre Hall is in the game and Cutler rolls right before launching the ball downfield to Brandon Marshall on the right sideline. The ball sails over Marshall and into the arms of Jaguars safety Gerald Sensabaugh. The Jaguars will take over at their own six-yard line.
1:33: The crowd at INVESCO Field at Mile High is fired up and into it, and the defense swarms to Jones-Drew, who picks up three yards on the first-down carry.
0:00: The quarter comes to a close after Garrard hands the ball off to Jones-Drew, who barrels through some tackles and sets up a second-and-2 for the Jaguars at their own 29-yard line.
The Broncos lead it, 7-3.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com