Prediction: Broncos will beat Jets – ESPN (blog)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase has called the defensive schemes of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan “unpredictable,” that nobody knows what Ryan’s going to do from one week to the next “except Rex.”
So, when the Broncos (3-1) and the Jets (1-4) face each other Sunday in MetLife Stadium, the one given may be that one of the biggest weaknesses each team has will likely decide the game.
The Broncos have struggled to run the ball with even marginal efficiency at times — they had 4 yards rushing on seven carries at halftime against the Arizona Cardinals this past Sunday — while the Jets, despite being tied for the league lead in sacks after the season’s first five weeks, have struggled to slow down opposing quarterbacks for the most part.
So, if the Broncos can’t keep the Jets’ pass-rushers off Peyton Manning by forcing New York to defend something else, the Jets’ chances for an upset would increase with every hit Manning takes in the game.
But if Manning has some time, the Broncos can mix things up just a bit in the run-pass ratio, then the Broncos’ offense will feast on the Jets’ secondary. Manning is 5-2, playoffs included, against defenses devised by Ryan when Ryan has either been a defensive coordinator or head coach.
The Broncos have certainly been tested to this point given they are the only team in the league this season to face four teams that won at least 10 games last season. Three of their opponents this year won at least 11 games in ’13 and one — the Seattle Seahawks — won the Super Bowl.
The Jets’ defense has allowed five touchdown drives of at least 90 yards and has surrendered 12 passing touchdowns already this season.
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