|New York Jets||+2.5
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Even with their backup to their backup under center, it is highly likely that these injury-laden Denver Broncos will cover the spread and beat these hopeless NY Jets in this TNF snoozer.
Broncos -2.5 -110
|Broncos vs Jets Information|
|What||Denver Broncos vs New York Jets|
|Where||MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ|
|When||Thursday, October 1, 2020; 8:20 PM ET|
|How to watch||NFLN|
The Denver Broncos are having to improvise at the QB position due to the injury of their original starter Drew Lock, who is out with an injury to his shoulder, so head coach Vic Fangio is having to decide between the two young backups as to which one gets the green light on Thursday night.
It has been a nightmare season for HC Adam Gase’s New York Jets in 2020, and now he finds himself on the early hot seat and in a must-win situation in Week 4, but he has to get that done despite all the injuries his roster has suffered, not to mention the slow development of his starting QB Sam Darnold.
These two struggling teams have met each other on the gridiron 37 times in all (and that’s including 1 postseason game), with the New York Jets winning 16 of those games and the Denver Broncos winning 20 of them, also with a tie ball game in there.
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The choice under center for the Denver Broncos is between three athletes, starting with third-year QB Jeff Driskel, who has served as a backup in both Cincinnati and Detroit and has a career completion percentage of 58.6 and a win-loss record as a starter of 1-8.
Also up for the job of Broncos QB is rookie Brett Rypien, the former Boise State star who has had very little experience except for the time he spent playing in Week 3 when he completed 8-of-9 passes for 53 yards and an interception.
Also on the Broncos QB roster is Blake Bortles, the former Jacksonville Jaguar who is in his seventh NFL season and has a career completion percentage of 59.3 with a win-loss record as a starter of 24-49.
Granted, Jets QB Sam Darnold is not in the best position – his star running back is out injured, and most of his best-receiving targets are either banged up or out altogether.
But Darnold’s 3 interceptions in Week 3 had all his doubters wondering if he is actually going to fit into the NFL, his record as a starter now just 11-18.
Darnold’s front line has to do their part, too, and give him time and keep him safe enough to throw the ball accurately, but so far they have allowed him to be sacked 6 times, so that’s a place where the team can help their QB.
The defense of the Denver Broncos is severely wounded, with CBs Davontae Harris (hamstring) and Bryce Callahan (wrist) both listed as questionable for Week 4, and CB A.J. Bouye is out with a shoulder injury, and that’s just the Denver Secondary.
Rookie CB Michael Ojemudia will get more playing time than ever now, so the former Iowa Hawkeye will have the chance to play an important “next man up” role for the injured Broncos.
So far in 2020, the rookie CB has 2 passes defended plus 12 total tackles with 1 of those being for a loss.
With the Jets starting running back Le’Veon Bell now out with a hamstring injury, it becomes more essential for journeyman Frank Gore step up and deliver a decent rushing attack to counter Darnold’s pass game.
Gore is in his sixteenth NFL season and is 37 years old, so he has a veteran presence and a solid football IQ that will help him avoid the hard hits because at his age his carries will be limited anyway and the extra wear and tear of being a helmet cruncher will not help.
So far this season, Gore has carried the ball 42 times for 144 yards and has caught a pass for another 5 yards, so he will have to improve those numbers if he expects to make a bigger impact.
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