October, 11, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — In the world of off-the-field swirl, the Denver Broncos’ trip to MetLife Stadium has all of the cliché markings of the trap game.

The Broncos are 3-1, having faced four teams that won at least 10 games last season, with three of those games having been at home. The New York Jets are 1-4 with head coach Rex Ryan having already played the I’ll-get-fired card with his players if the team doesn’t win more games.

The Broncos are playing in the early time slot in the Eastern time zone, something that has been an issue for this team in the past.

While having shown flashes of being an elite team, the Broncos have yet to play at their best on all fronts for four consecutive quarters.

With that, some things to keep an eye on:

  • Another week, another record in sight for quarterback Peyton Manning. He sits at 503 career touchdown passes, five behind all-time leader Brett Favre. Manning doesn’t like talking about it much, but his teammates are certainly aware of the impending milestone and want to be a part of it. The Jets have surrendered 12 passing touchdowns already this season and allowed their opponents to score points on all 15 trips inside the 20-yard line this season, including 11 touchdowns. The Broncos do throw when they get down close — of Manning’s 12 touchdown passes this season, five have come from inside the opponents’ 10-yard line.
  • To that end, in seven career games against defenses with Ryan as either the opponent’s defensive coordinator or head coach, Manning has thrown at least three touchdown passes in three of those games and is 5-2 overall. Manning has thrown an interception in just one of those seven games — a two-interception day against in an Indianapolis Colts win …read more