NFL Week 6 Preview: Denver Broncos vs. New York Jets


Sep 21, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Denver Broncos strong safety T.J. Ward (43), Denver Broncos free safety Rahim Moore (26), Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80), Denver Broncos strong safety David Bruton (30) and Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib (21) come out of the locker room for pre game warmups against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The last time the Denver Broncos played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, it wasn’t a good time. This Sunday afternoon however, Denver looks to improve to 4-1 on the young season as they take on the struggling New York Jets. Denver is coming off a week five win over the Arizona Cardinals while New York was shutout by the San Diego Chargers, 31-0.

What: NFL Week 6: Denver Broncos (3-1) vs. New York Jets (1-4)
When: Sunday, October 12th
Where: MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey)
Time: 1:00 PM EST, 11:00 PM MST.

The Denver Broncos gave the Arizona Cardinals all they could handle last Sunday at Sports Authority Field. Denver went on to win by the final score of 41-20, with their offense combining for 568 yards total. It was a pretty good day for Peyton Manning, minus the two interceptions. Manning completed 31/47 passes for 479 yards, including four touchdowns. To top that, he [Manning] would eclipse 500 touchdown passes for his career — impressive.

Speaking of impressive, how about the game Demaryius Thomas had against a pretty good defense? Thomas bounced back after disappearing in Denver’s first three games, hauling down eight receptions for 226 yards — a franchise record eclipsing Shannon Sharpe’s 214 yard performance in 2002. Wes Welker on the other hand catch his 854th NFL pass, breaking Rod Smith’s record for most receptions from an undrafted free agent.

Denver will see a familiar face on the other side of the field this week in wide receiver Eric Decker. Decker left the Broncos for the cash of course and is paying for it by playing for the 1-4 Jets — see what I did there? Decker was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third-round, 87th overall back in the 2010 draft. The former Minnesota Golden Gopher is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

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Denver’s run game has been disastrous this season to say the least, ranking 29th in the entire league collecting a measly 79.5 yards per game. With Montee Ball going down, it’s time for Ronnie Hillman and Juwan Thompson, possibly even C.J. Anderson to step up. Hillman turned some heads last Sunday, carrying the ball 15 times for a total of 64 yards. A one-two punch featuring he and Thompson is intriguing and will be something to keep an eye on.

Moving to the defensive side of the ball for Denver, this should be a game where they go all-out (like every other game). The Jets have a mess at the quarterback position with Geno Smith and Michael Vick. Entering week six, the Jets rank dead-last in the NFL in terms of passing yards, managing just 184.0 yards through the air. Denver currently ranks 23rd in the league at defending the pass (258.5 yards per), but should see that number dip with the defense starting to gel.

Kickoff between the Denver Broncos and New York Jets from MetLife Stadium, is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST, 11:00 PM MST.