Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
|Favorite ||Spread ||Underdog
|NY Jets ||-3 ||Denver Broncos
The New York Jets travel to Denver on a short week to play in the thin air of Invesco Field at Mile High following their 29-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at home.
For the Jets, the trouble starts and ends with Darrelle Revis' nagging hamstring injury. Revis played the entire game against Minnesota, but he got burned by Percy Harvin and was kept off of Randy Moss most of the night.
The Jets defense has been allowing just 16.2 points per game, which is the sixth fewest point total in the league. However, they have a weakness. Whereas last season the Jets allowed more than 30 yards less against the pass than the next closest team in the NFL, they have surrendered 234.6 yards per game through the air this season, only 23rd in the league through Week Five.
Meanwhile, the Broncos enter the game with the second best pass offense in the league, averaging 333 yards per game through the air. Leading the charge is Kyle Orton, who has completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 1733 yards.
But the picture isn't entirely rosy for the Broncos. They welcome a Jets offense that has scored 27 points a game with three members of their secondary, safeties Brian Dawkins and Darcel McBath and cornerback Andre' Goodman, missing the game with injuries.
In the end, the Broncos can get their short passing game going enough to try and keep the ball away from the Jets and their offense. Mark Sanchez' 55.1 percent completion percentage portends some interceptions at some point. This week in Denver is as good a time for one as ever.
The Broncos win 21-17 and keep pace in what should prove to be an ultra-competitive, yet wholly mediocre AFC West division, while the Jets hit a temporary roadblock against a non-division opponent that will play tougher than they expect.