Denver Broncos vs. New York Jets: 5 things to know before Week 7 game


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Yes, I still think there is a future with the Jets for Zach Wilson. He didn’t do much in the passing game against the Packers (only 18 attempts) but he didn’t need to. The Jets had plenty of success running the football that they didn’t need Wilson to carry the load. But as we saw in the fourth quarter against the Steelers and throughout the game against the Dolphins, Wilson, with all these weapons, can help carry this team. If it wasn’t for his injury, who knows, maybe the Jets are more competitive against the Ravens and Bengals. But there is still something here and I don’t think his full potential has been tapped into quite yet.


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McGovern has been doing well for the Jets. He’s helped stabilize the interior of the offensive line and has been very good in pass protection (71 PFF grade). He’s also only allowed one sack this season and the Jets allowed a ton over the first few weeks of the season, especially to former elite Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco.

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If there’s one area the Broncos can exploit, it might be the interior. The Jets are a team that’s really been building into plenty of strengths, but one position we’d like to see more from at this current point in time is at guard. Laken Tomlinson has been coming on of late and the hope is he continues on that upward trajectory but Nate Herbig can be hit or miss at right guard, at least until the Jets get completely healthy up front and Alijah Vera-Tucker possibly kicks back inside. A guy like Dre’Mont Jones could match up well with Herbig.


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Obviously all the talk is about Quinnen Williams up front and for good reason. But Sheldon Rankins has quietly been playing well also. He has two sacks and three tackles for a loss this season and this is a Jets team that constantly rotates their defensive line, so Rankins doesn’t even play full games. With the attention Quinnen always gets, Rankins has done a nice job of taking advantage and getting his nose to the football. So with Denver’s interior offensive line struggling, this could be another day for Rankins to step up.


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The hope for the Jets is this isn’t a letdown game after a huge win at Lambeau, but I think this team is focused and locked in. It’s never easy to play in the high altitude of the Mile High City, but I think the Jets take care of business and make it four in a row in a close one. Jets 20, Broncos 16.

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