Jets Runningback Shonn Greene Celebrating Against the Vikings
After a close win over the Minnesota Vikings, the New York Jets will travel to the mile-high city of Denver to play the Broncos on Sunday afternoon. Monday night's game against the Vikings proved that the Jets could still produce on both sides of the ball.
For two-and-a-half quarters, the Jets dominated the Vikings; their defense did not allow a single point and, until their scoring drive, allowed only two first downs. With a 12-0 lead, the Jets allowed Favre to throw his 500th career touchdown pass, to Randy Moss. Both teams continued to score on nearly every drive, and by the two-minute warning, the teams were separated by just two points, 22-20. With over a minute-and-a-half left, Brett Favre reverted to his old ways and threw an interception to Dwight Lowery, who ran it back for a pick-six, ending the Vikings' hopes of a comeback.
This week, the Jets will face the less-challenging Denver Broncos, who are 2-3. So far this year, the Broncos have been a pass-heavy team; Kyle Orton has thrown for over 1700 yards this season while the running game is still being figured out. In the five games the Broncos have played, three different players have shared the snaps at running back, the best being Knowshon Moreno, who is averaging 2.9 yards a carry. Meanwhile, Correll Buckhalter and Laurence Maroney are each averaging a measly 1.9 yards per carry.
For the Jets offense, there is not much to worry about. The Broncos' leader in interceptions is Brian Dawkins, who only has one interception; with threats like Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Dustin Keller, Mark Sanchez will always have at least one reliable receiver open.
For the Jets defense, not much will have to change from what they showed on Monday night against the Vikings, when the defensive line and linebackers were able to consistently stop Adrian Peterson for short gains. With Darrelle Revis just returning from his hamstring injury, Antonio Cromartie took on the role of lead corner and played well against Randy Moss, who caught only one touchdown on a perfect pass from Favre.
For the Jets to continue their success, all Rex Ryan needs to do is crowd the box and allow Cromartie to do what he does best against the hot Brandon Lloyd, who is averaging nearly 20 yards a reception. Meanwhile, Revis—who will be feeling better than he did Monday—will cover either Eddie Royal or Jabar Gaffney. Rookie Kyle Wilson will cover whoever Revis does not cover. The Jets defense, which still has strong years ahead of them, will succeed against the mediocre Broncos this Sunday.