After a painful home opener, the New York Jets head out west to battle the undefeated Denver Broncos at Mile High.
- What: New York Jets (0-2) at Denver Broncos (2-0)
- Where: Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, CO
- When: Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET
- Watch: CBS
By conventional football wisdom, everything about the Jets’ visit to the Rocky Mountains screams “trap game” for their equine hosts.
They’re 2-0 after taking advantage of the collectively winless Giants and Jaguars. Brief Jet Teddy Bridgewater (120.7 passer rating) has been a godsend at quarterback after two years of Drew Lock limbo. Von Miller (three sacks) is back in action at the helm of a resurgent defense. Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams have united for 241 yards on the ground. Surely, the other shoe’s about to drop for the Broncos, partial owners of the second-longest playoff drought behind the Jets, no?
Alas for New York, there’s little to suggest that they’re ready to take advantage of such a situation. The Jets need to think about revisiting the end zone before they worry about getting back in the win column. There’s plenty to be inspired by in the early going: the makeshift defense has held its own and the run game gained traction through Michael Carter and Ty Johnson. But the lingering offensive issues…namely the sputtering protection and Zach Wilson’s rookie growing pains…mean that a win is a little too much to ask for at this point.
The Broncos’ upcoming schedule suggests we’ll soon find out whether they can be counted amongst the legitimate contenders: Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, and Cleveland loom large after the Jets’ visit. They’ve done a good job of capitalizing against opponents trying to find themselves. Expect that trend to continue on Sunday.
Broncos 24, Jets 13
The Jets head to Mile High hoping they can benefit from some Mile High magic. This past week saw the Jets string together a great performance everywhere except on offense. The defense looked great, the secondary had itself a day, C.J. Mosley and John Franklin-Myers put on shows and overall proved they can hold their own.
But the offense was stagnant and Zach Wilson had a terrible performance. The unit needs to step up, and they have a hard task at hand: the Denver defense is legit, and they are going to be a tough test.
The fan in me hopes the Jets take a step forward and pull off a win, or, at the very least, perform better. But the analyst in me says the Jets have a tough task ahead. I think the Broncos win in a tight game, and Wilson performs better, but not good enough to get the win.
Broncos 17, Jets 14
|Carolina @ Houston (Thu.)||Panthers||Panthers|
|Arizona @ Jacksonville||Cardinals||Cardinals|
|Atlanta @ NY Giants||Giants||Falcons|
|Baltimore @ Detroit||Ravens||Ravens|
|Chicago @ Cleveland||Browns||Browns|
|Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh||Steelers||Steelers|
|Indianapolis @ Tennessee||Titans||Titans|
|LA Chargers @ Kansas City||Chiefs||Chiefs|
|New Orleans @ New England||Patriots||Patriots|
|Washington @ Buffalo||Bills||Bills|
|Miami @ Las Vegas||Raiders||Raiders|
|Seattle @ Minnesota||Seahawks||Seahawks|
|Tampa Bay @ LA Rams||Buccaneers||Buccaneers|
|Green Bay @ San Francisco||49ers||Packers|
|Philadelphia @ Dallas (Mon.)||Cowboys||Cowboys|
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags