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Weekly Prediction Article – Week 6: Denver Broncos @ New York Jets

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Denver Broncos (3-1) @ New York Jets (1-4)
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
1:00pm EST

Good morning Bronco fans!  It’s week 6 in the NFL regular season, as Denver hits the road to play the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium.  A lot of people are giving the Jets no chance to win this game, but the Jets have proven to be a force to reckon with when playing in the confines of their home stadium.  This team appears to have a split personality disorder, depending on where they play.  The Jets bring a fierce, competitive pass rush attack, while Peyton Manning and his prolific offense make quick plays and typically strike early and often.  The Broncos must contain the pass rush or this game will be closer than most analysts have predicted.

Week 5 Recap

The Jets got blown out in San Diego by a score of 31-0.  Their offense was dismal to say the least, accumulating just 151 net yards in their Week 5 contest against the Chargers.  While their defense was able to force Chargers QB Philip Rivers to throw an interception, the Chargers were far too much for the Jets to handle.

  • QBs Geno Smith and Michael Vick combined for 12-31 passing for 74 yards and 1 interception.
  • The Jets offense converted just 1 of 12 3rd down attempts against the Chargers defense.
  • The rushing attack of Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory combined for 68 yards on 16 attempts.
  • Philip Rivers completed 20 of 28 pass attempts and added 3 touchdowns while throwing 1 pick.
  • Chargers RB Branden Oliver found open space gaining 114 yards on 19 carries.

The Broncos took complete control in the 2nd half of their week 5 contest against the Cardinals to improve to 3-1 on the season.  Several club and NFL records were broke in the victory as the Denver offense proves to be too potent for NFL defenses to figure out.  With another NFL record in his sight, Peyton Manning continues to etch his name in the NFL record books, and became just the 2nd QB in NFL history to throw 500 passing touchdowns in a season.

  • Demaryius Thomas set the Broncos single game record with 226 receiving yards, surpassing former TE Shannon Sharpe’s previous club record of 214 yards.  He added 2 receiving touchdowns and needed just 8 completions to break the record.
  • Wes Welker broke Rod Smith’s NFL record for the most receptions by an undrafted NFL player when he reeled in his 850th career reception in Week 5.
  • Julius Thomas continues to be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, scoring 2 touchdowns on 6 receptions, extending his NFL lead to 7 receiving touchdowns.
  • The Broncos defense allowed just 3 third down conversions on 16 attempts.
  • Emmanuel Sanders continues to be productive in the Denver offense, snagging 7 passes and racking up 101 yards against the Cardinals defense.

Week 6 Prediction Points

  1. The Broncos passing attack ranks 3rd in the NFL with an average of 317 yards per game.  The Jets defense ranks 15th against the pass, allowing just under 238 yards per game.  The Jets defense has 17 sacks on the season, but they have only been able to come up with one interception on the season, which came last week against the San Diego Chargers.  The Jets will have to bring their A game to stop this formidable Broncos offense from scoring early and often.
  2. As far as the rushing attack goes, the Jets defense ranks 6th in the NFL, allowing only 83 yards per game to opposing teams.  The Denver Broncos have not been able to find consistency running the football and are currently ranked 29th in the league, gaining 79.5 yards per game on the ground.  In order for Denver to keep this Jets defense off balance, they are going to have to find a way to find space in the running game, and that starts with RB Ronnie Hillman.
  3. This game will mark the first time WR Eric Decker has played against his former team since being released during the off-season.  So far this season, Decker has only been targeted 23 times, and has managed to pull in 14 receptions, with 204 yards and 2 TDs.  While he had some success with Tim Tebow as his QB in Denver, his production with the Jets pales in comparison to the weapon he was with Peyton Manning throwing him the ball.  If Decker is healthy and ready to go, he may be fired up with an opportunity to show Denver that they made a mistake in letting him go.
  4. The Broncos defense ranks 14th in the NFL in total yards allowed per game, with an average of 346 yards per game.  The Jets offense ranks 27th in the league in total offensive yards gained, with an average of 323 yards per game.  Denver’s revamped defense will need to control the running game of the Jets, and contain QB Geno Smith.  The Jets will try to establish a running game early to keep Peyton and the Broncos offense off of the field and will attempt to control the tempo of the game with their 3 headed rushing attack.
  5. Peyton Manning is staring down another NFL record.  Last week against the Cardinals, Peyton became just the 2nd Quarterback in NFL history  to surpass the 500 passing touchdown mark.  Peyton trails Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre by 5 touchdowns, and has a chance to tie, if not break that record this week against the Jets.  Manning is coming off of his best passing performance yardage wise, when he shredded the Arizona defense for 479 yards in their 41-20 victory in Week 5.  If the Jets force this game to be one dimensional with their ability to stop the run, Favre’s record could be history.

Final Score Prediction

New York Jets – 17

Denver Broncos – 41

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