5 Bold Predictions for Denver Broncos' Week 6 Matchup
The 51 points Denver scored in its recent victory over Dallas matches the total amount of points Jacksonville has put up all season.
This game has all the makings of a prolific day for Denver and one of the worst days in franchise history for Jacksonville.
So how ugly could this thing get? Here are five bold predictions for this game.
1. Denver Covers the Point Spread—Easily
Twenty-eight points is the margin oddsmakers have given the Broncos, and the final margin will be at least that much.
The Broncos have victories of 22, 18, 16 and 32 points on the season. On Sunday, they'll get their biggest margin of victory this season.
Denver has the league's top-ranked offense. Jacksonville sits at No. 22 in total defense.
That's a bad combination.
2. The Broncos Will Have a 100-Yard Rusher and Three 100-Yard Receivers
How much fun will it be to watch the Denver offense operate on Sunday?
Peyton Manning and his teammates are on pace to shatter records this season. They should have a field day against Jacksonville.
Knowshon Moreno is coming off a strong 93-yard effort against Dallas, and he'll have a good opportunity to crack the 100-yard barrier for the first time this season.
Through the air, Manning will complete passes to many different players. With Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas, there will just be too many weapons for the Jaguars to defend.
Look for three of those four players to have over 100 yards receiving.
3. Peyton Manning Increases Season Total in TD Passes to 25
On the year, Peyton Manning has thrown an incredible 20 touchdown passes to just one interception.
Jacksonville poses no real threat to shut him down, and he'll post big numbers as a result.
The Jaguars are actually ranked in the top 10 in pass defense, but they'll still watch helplessly as Manning tosses five more touchdowns Sunday.
4. The Backups Will Get Plenty of Work
The Broncos should strongly consider resting any player who is hobbled in any way. They can win this game without them.
Champ Bailey, Wesley Woodyard, Chris Harris or any other player who needs to get to 100 percent should sit this one out.
Against Dallas, the defense was largely made up of second-string players in the second half and they still pulled out the victory.
What about Brock Osweiler? It wouldn't be surprising to see him play the entire fourth quarter. That is, if Peyton Manning allows him to.
5. Montee Ball Scores First Career Touchdown
It may come in garbage time and it may be a meaningless score, but Montee Ball will find the end zone on Sunday.
Ball has only rushed for 124 yards in a limited role this year. His two lost fumbles are among the very few mistakes the teams has made this season.
But with Denver up comfortably late in the game, he'll get his chance to carry the load.
Though it probably won't matter towards the result against Jacksonville, it could be a huge confidence-builder for Ball moving forward.