Denver Broncos vs New York Jets: 5 Things We Need To Know
Sunday the Denver Broncos travel east to meet the New York Jets. The game will not be without its storylines. Unfortunately, for the Jets most of those storylines deal with a team that appears to be imploding. On the other hand, for the Broncos the storylines involve, football stuff. You know injuries that will impact the game, a quarterback looking to break another record, and speculations regarding another Super Bowl run.
Nevertheless, the game is played on the field. So here are five things you need to know:
Let's face it, there really is no comparison. One quarterback missed a team meeting the day before a game because he didn't understand time changed when he flew west? While it is unimaginable the other quarterback would not be the first person in the team meeting.
On the field it is no different. Peyton Manning will enter the game with a 109 quarterback rating. He has passed for 1293 yards. He is totaling 12 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Geno Smith will enter the game with a 69.3 quarterback rating. He has thrown for four touchdowns and six interceptions.
We are not asking Smith to be Manning. Just asking him to be serviceable.
Jets Secondary Defense v Peyton Manning
The Jets defense has allowed opposing quarterbacks 12 touchdown passes in four games.
Last Sunday Manning became the second NFL quarterback to throw 500 touchdown passes. He finished the game with 479 yards and five touchdowns for the day giving the Arizona Cardinals their first loss of the season.
There are simply too many weapons on Manning's side versus too little weapons in the Jets secondary.
Running Back Comparison
The Broncos' number one option at running back, Montee Ball, will be absent from the game. He is recovering from a groin strain. Next man up for the Broncos will be Ronnie Hillman. For the season Hillman has 17 carries for 66 yards. He has no touchdowns.
He will be compared to what could be a dynamic duo. Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson were supposed to be the two-headed moster that steered the ground and pound. Unfortunately, Johnson has not held up his end.
To stand a chance against the Broncos both running backs will need to show up.
Broncos Rushing Defense v Jets Running Game
The Broncos defense is ranked third allowing a stingy 88.3 yards per game. It is just a statistic. Ask the Jets. Last week the Jets were a top five rushing defense. San Diego Chargers running back Branden Oliver came in a relief role and torched the top five rushing defense for 114 yards and one touchdown.
The Jets need to pull in Oliver, its a thing.
The Game Depends On
For the Jets to have a fighting chance the defensive line needs to step up. Statistically, the Jets defense is formidable. They are tied for the most sacks in the league with 17. They are sixth in the league in total defense allowing 320.8 yards per game.
The Jets defense will have to prove their statistics on the field.
Chaos meets precision.
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