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Broncos' short week makes long day for Jags

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Dwayne Carswell has caught more than a
dozen touchdown passes in 12 seasons.

None of them was this special.

Carswell, a Pro Bowl tight end in 2001 who switched to offensive
tackle this season, caught two TD passes in his hometown, and the
Denver Broncos dismantled the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-7 Sunday.

"It's nice to have that type of game in your hometown,"
Carswell said, estimating he had 40 friends and family members at
the game. "Always nice to do when you're family is watching you."

Several other Broncos also put on a show.

Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell combined for 175 yards rushing, and
Denver's defense harassed Byron Leftwich and Fred Taylor all
afternoon.

Leftwich was sacked twice, knocked down even more and committed
three turnovers, a fumble and two interceptions. Taylor ran eight
times for 14 yards, part of a franchise-low 12 yards rushing for
the Jaguars (2-2).

"It was just an ugly day," Jags right tackle Maurice Williams
said. "It looked like a franchise-low everything. We can't be the
type of team we want to be playing like this."

The Jaguars finished with four turnovers and 15 penalties for
119 yards, including six false starts -- at home.

"We didn't quite grasp the mental part of the game," Taylor
said.

If either team was expected to have problems this week, it would
have been the Broncos (3-1), who were coming off a short week and
having to deal with a long trip and an early start. They also had a
history of stumbling in Florida and were playing without star
cornerback Champ Bailey.

None of that was a factor Sunday.

The Broncos won their third straight despite coming off a Monday
night victory against Kansas City and improved to 3-10 in Florida.
They had been 0-2 in Jacksonville.

Denver caught a break with the weather when it rained before and
during the game, cooling temperatures and alleviating problems
typically caused by heat and humidity.

Denver's lone problem came when Jimmy Smith caught a 45-yard
touchdown pass early in the third quarter and cut the lead to 14-7.
Smith caught a simple slant pass in front of Karl Paymah, slipped
between linebacker Al Wilson and safety Nick Ferguson -- the
defenders collided on the play -- eluded John Lynch's diving tackle
and outran Domonique Foxworth to end the end zone.

It was Jacksonville's only highlight.

"He's been the one consistent scoring threat that we have had
thus far," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "We need to find a
few more."

The line struggled in pass protection and run blocking, an
all-too-familiar scene for the team this season.

Leftwich, who was 20-of-34 for 240 yards, has now been sacked 13
times. The Jaguars' previous rushing low was 26 yards against
Pittsburgh in 2000.

The Broncos were much more effective.

Anderson gained 115 yards on 23 carries, and Bell ran 15 times
for 60 yards. The success of the running game -- somewhat surprising
against Jacksonville's vaunted front -- created play-action pass and
bootleg opportunities for Jake Plummer.

He was 19-of-26 for 136 yards. He directed two long touchdown
drives in the second quarter that wwere the difference.

He led a 17-play, 80-yard drive, a work of art that featured
nine passes and eight runs, and capped it with a 2-yard pass to
Carswell.

"I'm hardly the secret weapon," Carswell said. "You have
certain plays you're expected to make, and those were plays I was
able to make."

Carswell was wide open on the first touchdown, but linebacker
Akin Ayodele was draped all over him for the second one.

"I've always told people that he has the best hands on the
team, including all the wide receivers and the running backs,"
Broncos linebacker Al Wilson said. "I think that second touchdown
showed it. Jake threw him a bullet and he just caught it with ease.
It's good to have a guy like that who has such versatility."

Game notes
Bailey's streak of 99 consecutive starts ended when he was
inactive with a hamstring injury. Bailey had started every
regular-season game since entering the league in 1999. ... The
Broncos also played without CB Darrent Williams. ... Jags LT Mike
Pearson, still recovering from major knee surgery, was inactive. He
shared series with Ephraim Salaam in the first three games. LG
Vince Manuwai was benched midway through the game in favor of
former practice squad player Derrick Fletcher. ... Jason Elam
missed a 41-yard field goal attempt and had a 47-yarder blocked.
But he rebounded and made two in the fourth quarter.