This Sunday will mark the 38th all-time meeting between the Jets and Broncos, with Denver leading the series 21-16-1. Let's take a look at a few matchup opportunities the Jets can look to take advantage of heading into this one.
The Jets will certainly have their hands full with the majority of players the Broncos choose to trot onto the field at 4:05 pm ET on Sunday. Offense or defense, this Denver Broncos squad looks much improved now than it has in years past.
The acquisition of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has paved the way for an impressive 2-0 start thus far for Denver, and it doesn't seem like they're looking to slow down any time soon.
The Jets, staring 0-2 in the face, can look to get a notable win early in the season against a Broncos team that currently is considered one of the hottest teams in the NFL.
The NY Jets will have to control the trenches against the Broncos
It all starts up front, with the offensive line playing much better against the Patriots than it did Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers. If the Jets can keep momentum going with their big-five in the trenches on offense, this game should end up being a lot closer than many might expect.
Though, the gears don't start to grind unless the quarterback position is better solidified moving forward.
Zach Wilson, who threw four interceptions in a blowout loss to the Patriots this past Sunday, will look to rebound against a Broncos defense that hasn't given opposing offenses much room for error.
The Jets' offense will likely have to pitch a perfect game if they want to see a one in the win category come Monday morning.
On the defensive side of the football for New York, the secondary, whom by all accounts is playing exceptionally better than expected, will have to slow down a Broncos offense that has punished teams both through the air and on the ground.
Broncos' rookie running back Javonte Williams has quickly acclimated himself to the NFL game, posting 45, and 64 yards rushing respectively over these first two weeks.
The Jets' run defense has been one of the more promising units on the team thus far, and has ranked well throughout the NFL, coming in at No. 12 overall throughout the first couple of games. Still, it's no easy task stopping a young running back who doesn't know how to use his brakes.
The Broncos will also look to expose the Jets' young secondary by targeting their big guys. Wide receiver Courtland Sutton and tight end Noah Fant will be players that Teddy Bridgewater will likely look to target early and often.
The Jets' secondary hosts the likes of second-year cornerback Bryce Hall, rookie Brandin Echols, and rookie nickel corner Michael Carter II.
Those three have played well enough to earn the respect of head coach Robert Saleh, who recently raved about their ability to limit teams to passing well before the line-to-gain.
A solid test on the horizon for a cornerback group that was frankly written off throughout most of OTAs and training camp.
Is it likely the Jets pull out a victory in Denver? Probably not. Can they? Possibly.
It's all up to the first-year signal caller to perform much better this week than last, and for the team around him to continue to play well enough to keep this group afloat.
Because that's all we want.