New York Jets (1st AFC East 4-1) @ Denver Broncos (4th AFC West 2-3)
Sunday October 17 @ 4:05 PM
INVESCO Field at Mile High
There are a few obstacles the Jets must surmount en route to the high altitudes of Denver, including the shortened preparation week, the aching hamstring of CB Darrelle Revis, and the clash between a compelling pass oriented offense and a charitable coverage team. The Broncos are obliged to invent some creative offensive alignments in anticipation of the Jets multifaceted blitz schemes. Additionally, they have to compensate for the dubious health of valuable offensive contributors RB Knowshon Moreno and WR Demariyus Thomas. Denver is as predictable as they are perilous through the air; QB Kyle Orton averages 333 passing yards per game (2nd in NFL) with the assistance of surprisingly industrious WRs Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney, and Eddie Royal.
NYJ: 234.6 passing YPG allowed (23 in NFL) 79.0 rushing YPG allowed (4 in NFL)
172.0 passing YPG offense (25 in NFL) 165.2 rushing YPG offense (1 in NFL)
DEN: 213.8 passing YPG allowed (16 in NFL) 127.4 rushing YPG allowed (25 in NFL)
333.0 passing YPG offense (2 in NFL) 51.8 rushing YPG offense (32 in NFL)
New York Jets Injury Report
Name Position Injury Game Status
Leonhard, Jim S Biceps Probable
Mangold, Nick C Shoulder Probable
Moore, Brandon G Hamstring Probable
Pace, Calvin LB Foot Probable
Revis, Darrelle CB Hamstring Questionable
Westerman, Jamaal LB Ankle Probable
Denver Broncos Injury Report
Name Position Injury Game Status
Ayers, Robert LB Foot Out
Brown, Andre RB Illness Probable
Dawkins, Brian S Knee Out
Goodman, Andre CB Quadricep Out
Haggan, Mario LB Neck Probable
Larsen, Spencer FB Ankle Questionable
McBath, Darcel S Ankle Out
Moreno, Knowshon RB Hamstring Questionable
Thomas, Demaryius WR Concussion Questionable
Woodyard, Wesley LB Hamstring Out
CB Champ Bailey
The Broncos principal defensive resource is CB Champ Bailey, a gifted athlete qualified to relegate opposing WRs and reduce their offensive influence. The most plausible scenario involves WR Braylon Edwards, nevertheless Bailey might be held responsible for WRs Jerricho Cotchery and Santonio Holmes on particular coverage schemes. Fortunately, RB LaDainian Tomlinson and TE Dustin Keller are credible options provided that the offensive line allots sufficient time for QB Mark Sanchez to locate an available receiver.
Denver Offensive Line
Injuries have mandated Coach Josh McDaniels to experiment with the configuration of his offensive line. The integrity of the line could be compromised if players receive limited practice time while McDaniels consequently draws his own conclusions regarding their efficiency. The New York defense can take advantage of any inconsistencies revealed by the pass protection. The Jets are liable to blitz virtually anybody if even a slight infirmity is exposed, and they will make a determined effort to restrain an appreciably one-dimensional offense.
RB Shonn Greene
New York football revolves around the run. RB Shonn Greene exhibited enough potential to deserve the principal spot on the depth chart prior to the regular season. Subsequently, Tomlinson accumulated the majority of the carries and Greene was downgraded to periodic designed schemes. Nevertheless, Coach Ryan by no means lost confidence in the sophomore, and his expectations remain vast for the robust RB. The Jets will continue to depend on Greene to convert third downs and to prosper in the red zone.
About the Author
Written by Evan Rosenberg
Evan is a graduate student at New York University and a competitive chess player. His local roots generated the unwavering support for the Jets he exhibits to this day.