On Sunday, the NY Jets will travel to Denver to take on the Broncos at Mile High Stadium. This game looks very winnable on paper, but this doesn't make it easy.
The Jets come into this game on fire following three wins in their last three games. Although they have had some distractions recently, the end goal should remain the same — win.
Last week, the Jets traveled to Green Bay to take on the Packers. While this may have looked like a mismatch on paper, the Jets walked out of Lambeau Field with a statement win, beating Green Bay, 27-10. If the Jets hope to score a repeat of last week, here are three keys to doing so.
3. The NY Jets must establish the running game
The Jets possess one of the best rookie running backs in the NFL in the palm of their hands. He has been nothing short of exceptional on both sides of the ball. Last week, Breece Hall picked up 116 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries as the focal point of the Jets' offense.
The Broncos have a stout run defense that could pose a difficult challenge for the Jets. Last week, the Broncos held Austin Ekeler to just 36 yards on 14 carries, but he was able to pick up a touchdown on them. If the Jets could establish the ground game early, they will dare the Broncos' run defense to try and stop them.
This could lead to Zach Wilson taking more shots down the field. Wilson hasn't been the most effective since returning from injury, but when you have a running back like Breece Hall, you can get away with it a little more.
2. NY Jets QB Zach Wilson has to be consistent
There's really no way around this one. If the Denver Broncos are able to contain Breece Hall and the running game, Zach Wilson has to be ready to attack this defense. Last week, Wilson only completed 10 of 18 passes for 110 yards. Far from his best day, but it got the job done.
Since returning from injury, Wilson has been hit or miss. In his return in Week 4, Wilson picked up 252 yards and one touchdown pass. However, he only completed 18 of his 36 passes, and unfortunately managed to throw two interceptions as well.
Against the Broncos, Wilson will need to play better. If Zach Wilson could get Garrett Wilson, Corey Davis, or Breece Hall open through the air, the Jets should find success on offense.
1. Two Names: D.J. Reed and Sauce Gardner
Backup quarterback Brett Rypien and his wideouts will be going up against two of the best cornerbacks in the league on Sunday in D.J. Reed and Sauce Gardner. So far this season, Reed and Gardner have held all opposing quarterbacks to sub-70 ratings.
Overall, the Jets' pass defense has been phenomenal this season. Last week they held future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers to just an 88.1 QB rating.
If all goes according to plan, the Jets' pass rush as a whole should continue to make life difficult for opposing quarterbacks, and this week shouldn't be any different.
The Jets, who struggled on defense in 2021, made some changes and now might have one of the best units in the league. Safe to say, it's an exciting time to be a Jets fan right about now.