EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.- Rex Ryan’s defense was as versatile and tough as the Broncos had expected going into Sunday’s game. But the Broncos’ explosive offense prevailed and they defeated the Jets 31-17, improving to 4-1 on the season.

The win didn’t come about exactly as expected. The Jets had the ball and a chance to tie the game with less than a minute left, but an pick-six sealed the win for Denver.

The Rex Ryan-led defense kept their team in the game as the Broncos were held to a field goal on their first time out and then they were forced to punt on their next four possessions. Manning said Ryan’s defenses are versatile and that “everything is in his package, in his arsenal.”

Manning noted after the game that punts aren’t ideal, but protecting the ball and avoiding turnovers is vital to win games and the Broncos didn’t have any turnovers. While having no turnovers helped in the victory, penalties crushed the Broncos’ momentum at times.

“The game is hard enough as it is,” Manning said. “I don’t know how many penalties we had, it felt like a lot. Some first-and-20s and second-and-20s, those are tough to overcome. We have to fix that quickly. When we did execute, we moved the ball and scored touchdowns, but I thought there were too many series where we had some mistakes that made it tough to move the ball against a good defense.”

Penalties hurt the Broncos significantly in the game and they had 11 for 101 yards compared the Jets’ two for nine yards. A roughing the passer penalty on Malik Jackson put the Jets in the red zone, eventually leading to their first score of the game.

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