Coming off of a game in Kansas City on Sunday, the Broncos will play host to the New York Jets on Thursday night. With a short week to prepare, the Broncos will be riding high on the emotion from the Kansas City game.
This is the second consecutive season that the Rex Ryan Show is coming to Denver. Last October, the two teams met in a nail-biting game. The Broncos lost 20-24 after some controversial calls, so expect the team to seek revenge this go around.
The Jets are coming off of an 11-5 year that saw them advance to the AFC Championship Game in which they lost to the Steelers. Once again, Ryan and the Jets fell just a game short of a Super Bowl appearance.
With LaDanian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene in the backfield and a strong offensive line, the Jets ranked 4th in rushing. Their passing game lagged behind with a 22nd ranking. Mark Sanchez had close to 3,300 yards passing with 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His main target was Braylon Edwards who finished the year with 904 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns.
Defensively, the Jets gave up 19.0 points per game. Their rush defense was ranked 3rd and their passing defense was ranked 6th. The Jets made it so far into the playoffs last year thanks in large part to their defense. David Harris led the team in tackles and Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace led the team in sacks with 6 a piece. There were nine players on this Jets defense that had at least two sacks on the season. Antonio Cromartie had 3 interceptions (and 17 pass deflections) as did Dwight Lowery.
The Jets have one thing in mind this year: Beat every single team that crosses their path. The Jets are hungry and anything short of a Super Bowl appearance will be a disappointment to them.
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