Well, here we go.
Just moments after a bitter defeat to the New England Patriots, the New York Jets will be back at it this Thursday night in Denver against the Broncos.
Let’s meet the Broncos:
QUARTERBACK:Tim Tebow has shaken up the NFL this season.
With his incredibly low throwing attempts (just 105 attempts in 7 games), Tebow and his University of Florida option offense will run the ball against the Jets. With 36.2 percent of Tebow’s passes resulting in off-target incompletions (highest in NFL) and with a 27.5 completion percentage against five or more rushers (worst in the NFL) the Broncos will be running.
RUNNING BACK: Probably the only time we will write this all season, but look for Tebow to be the Broncos main weapon on the ground. With 48 rushes for 320 yards (6.7 avg) on the season, the Jets need to be well-versed on Tebow and the option come Thursday. Last Sunday, despite injuries to Knowshon Moreno (season ending ACL) and Willis McGahee (hamstring – will probably play), the Broncos ran the ball 55 times. Look for Lance Ball to get plenty of reps if McGahee can’t go.
WIDE RECEIVER: Eric Decker leads the offense with 34 catches for 462 yards and 7 TDs, including a TD catch in 3 straight games. Last week Tebow completed 2 passes all game, so don’t expect to hear the names of Darrelle Revis or Antonio Cromartie this week.
Head coach John Fox likes to pressure the quarterback. According to ESPN Stats, the Broncos rush 5 or more players at the 3rd highest rate in the NFL. With rookie OLB Von Miller (8 sacks) and Elvis Dumervil pressuring the QB and stopping the run, and with Champ Bailey patrolling the passing field, the Broncos have a solid defense. The Jets, and quarterback Mark Sanchez, can’t keep the Broncos in the game by turning over the ball.
sensation Von Miller, an edge rushing outside linebacker with eight sacks. He’s a favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year.