QB Rypien leads Broncos past Jets in first start

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Turned out, at least for a much-needed win on an October Thursday night, the ninth time was the charm for the Denver Broncos.

Brett Rypien, the ninth quarterback to start a game for the Broncos since the start of the 2017 season and the same guy who spent all of last season and most of the first part of this one on the team’s practice squad, was the guy who could do just enough to get Denver its first victory of the season.

Rypien looked like a prodigy at times and every bit a quarterback making his first NFL start in other moments as the Broncos won 37-28 Thursday night in MetLife Stadium to move to 1-3.

“Well, it was up and down,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said. “Obviously, I thought there was some good things. We hit some big plays, which is always important. Throwing three interceptions, you’re not going to win many times in this league, but we found a way to win tonight in spite of that.”

Rypien, who was told by Fangio on Monday night he was going to start the game three days later, finished 19-of-31 passing for 242 yards to

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