The New York Jets enter Week 7 with an opportunity to establish a four-game winning streak. Later on this afternoon, the Jets will battle against a 2-4 Denver Broncos team coming off of a short week.
For the Jets to win, they have to keep mental errors at a minimum and take key team categories for themselves. The turnover battle will be a huge emphasis for the Jets. Continued opportune play on special teams could yet again make the difference. Third downs and red zone efficiency on both sides of the ball, winning the penalty battle, and controlling the football are all crucial points.
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New York Jets vs Denver Broncos Preview:
The Jets will once again have to feature their ground game with the dynamic duo of Breece Hall and Michael Carter. Knowing the only way the Broncos can really win this one is with their dominant defense, the Jets have to rely on the top strength offensively, running the football.
For the third week in a row, the Jets will have the same starting five on the offensive line, a nice luxury. Slowing down a great pass rush will be pivotal, helping Zach Wilson get in a rhythm.
It will be interesting to see at wide receiver how the reps for the third position are split between Braxton Berrios, Jeff Smith, and Denzel Mims.
On the defensive side of the football, there is no reason why the Jets should not over another overbearing day. Without Russell Wilson, the Broncos will have Brett Rypien start. They do not have Javonte Williams to rely on. Sauce Gardner, DJ Reed, and Michael Carter II should once again rise up against a trio of Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, and KJ Hamler. Limiting explosives for these three will vastly improve the Jets’ chances of winning.
Finally, the front seven of the Jets should be more physical and build on their special play from a week ago. Shutting down the run game and making this Broncos offense one-dimensional will allow for the Jets’ many gifted pass rushers, Quinnen Williams, John Franklin-Myers, Sheldon Rankins, Carl Lawson, and Bryce Huff, to generate the needed pressure.
This will certainly not be an easy game, but no less one the Jets should absolutely win. Competing against the Broncos’ defense is a challenge. It will simply come down to the Jets not beating themselves. Stay ahead of the chains with Hall and Carter, and make life easy on Wilson.
The Jets should score 17-20 points, and with their ninth-ranked defense against a bad Broncos offense, that should be enough to win this one by at least a field goal, moving on to 5-2 for the 2022 season.