Oct 5, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) following the win over the Arizona Cardinals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Cardinals 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
It’s time for week six of the NFL, the Broncos vs. Jets in New York. The Broncos are returning to the field on which the last memories they have are absolutely horrific. The Super Bowl played at Met Life Stadium feels like a distant memory at this point, perhaps even out of the minds of most, but you can be certain that the Broncos haven’t yet forgotten.
This is a big game for Denver, which is currently behind Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers in the standings due to the early bye week. The Broncos are hoping the Raiders can pull off an upset and beat the Chargers, but they can only really control what they can control, and that’s winning a game against the Jets.
This is a game in which the Broncos will be heavily favored, and are superior in all phases. That being said, you have to be able to go on the road into environments like this, even as the favored team, and take care of business. The Broncos know that, of course, and I am excited to see how they follow up the exciting fourth quarter against the Cardinals las weekend.
Here’s everything you need to know about this matchup, including TV information, streaming info, and my prediction for the game.
Who: Broncos (3-1) vs. Jets (1-4)
What: Week six NFL matchup
When: Sunday, October 12th, 2014
Where: Met Life Stadium, New Jersey
Why: Because, football.
TV Info: CBS Sports, Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts; DirecTV channel 710
Broadcast map via 506Sports.com
Online Streaming: NFL Game Pass; NFL Game Rewind (after the game)
The Broncos are favored in this game by 10 points, and to be honest I think that’s a bit low, but we’ve seen what’s happened to the Broncos with big spreads in the past (see, Jaguars in 2013). The Broncos are superior to the Jets in every facet of the game in my opinion, but they need to make sure they are able to contain the pressure that will be applied from the defensive front of New York which features some big, strong, powerful, athletic players in Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson.
As was the case with the Cardinals, the Broncos need to limit big plays and get pressure on Geno Smith, forcing the Jets to be the ones to make mistakes. I think the Broncos’ offensive line is good enough to neutralize the pressure that will be applied from New York, and they need to capitalize with some big yardage after the catch from receivers.
The Jets’ best shot in this game is to consistently move the chains on third downs as well as dominate in the trenches on both side of the ball. That’s not likely to happen with the Broncos’ emergence defensively, so it’s going to take some hard work. The Broncos need to play aggressively, but smart. They need to not get comfortable with any lead, no matter how big or small. I think this is a game the Broncos win big, getting off to a fast start and finishing strong.
I don’t like predicting the score of games, but here’s what I foresee happening. The Broncos will be able to move the ball at will, and I think they could have 24 points by the half, perhaps more. If that’s the case, they could slow-play the second half but I think the offense will get off to a fast start, the defense will follow suit, and this will be one of the Broncos’ most complete wins of the year, perhaps even with a return touchdown…