Heading into the Denver Broncos vs. New York Jets Week 5 matchup, I sit with Tylor Walden of Predominantly Orange to scout the enemy.
The New York Jets have a lot on the line as they prepare for their Week 5 home game in MetLife Stadium against the Denver Broncos. Both teams are coming off a loss and need a win here to right the ship. More so for the Jets as they have started things of red-hot but came crashing down over the last three weeks.
The Broncos will bring a good challenge to the Jets as they aren’t a dominating team but have several key players that could be difference makers when it matters most. I wanted to sit with Site Expert Tylor Walden of Predominantly Orange to scout the Broncos and see if the Jets even have a chance to leave this game victorious.
Here’s my interview with Walden in its entirety as I asked him five questions heading into Sunday’s Broncos vs. Jets game:
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LTJ: What should Jets fans be worried about when it comes to facing the Broncos besides Von Miller?
TW: The running game should be the biggest concern other than the pass rush. Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay have been quite the surprise for the Denver Broncos running game so far this season. Freeman is the bruiser and Lindsay is almost like a swiss army knife. He can run and catch. In last week’s game, they did a solid job at keeping Kansas City on their toes. Unfortunately, Denver swayed away from the running game in the second half. If they can get things going in the run game, Denver is tough to stop.
LTJ: What has been Case Keenum‘s biggest issue so far this season? Why has he been struggling as much as he has been?
TW: I believe the biggest issues he has are his throwing accuracy and decision making. We saw in the second to last play for the Broncos that Keenum missed a wide open Demaryius Thomas that would have been a walk in touchdown had he placed the ball in a better spot. As far as decision making, he tries too hard to make a play instead of letting his receivers make the play. That results in passes being deflected away or intercepted. I think he will bounce back, but he needs to do it quick.
LTJ: Which player on the Broncos offense is the biggest threat the Jets defense needs to keep in check?
TW: Royce Freeman. The man knows how to run and run over defenders. Once he gets going, he is difficult to stop. I would say containing Freeman might help. But with Lindsay in the backfield too, that makes it even trickier on the Jets. Shut down the running game and force Keenum to beat you might give the Jets a chance.
LTJ: What is the biggest weakness on the Broncos?
TW: If I had to point out one weakness, it would be the secondary. Losing Aqib Talib really hurt the secondary. Aside from Chris Harris Jr., the rest of the secondary has played somewhat poorly. They do appear to be getting healthier now, so I hope that helps. But if Darnold can get time in the pocket, he will likely find a spot in the secondary to throw the football.
LTJ: Final score and MVP?
TW: I’m not huge on final scores, but I think it will be a close game. I’ll say 31-23 Broncos. My MVP will be Chris Harris Jr. as he will record one sack and a pick-six on Sam Darnold that will put the game away in the fourth quarter.