When the season started this is one of the games that a Jet fan would have circled on his/her calendar. A chance to play against Peyton Manning and the Broncos in front of your own home crowd is always something to look forward to. The Broncos have held up their end of the bargain by playing well all season long with the lone loss in their 3-1 record coming in overtime to the defending champion Seahawks. Manning remains amongst the elite quarterbacks in the game and the Broncos offense ranks amongst the best in the league. On the other hand the Jets came into the season with a coach on a one-year contract and a quarterback controversy. Head Coach Rex Ryan was not the choice of new general manager John Idzik and it seems pretty clear that Ryan has been put in a position to fail so that they may let him go and Idzik can hire a head coach of his own choosing. This is evidenced by the fact that the team plays in the biggest market in the world and has no reliable wide receivers either do to injury or ability nor do they have a tight end. They also have nobody in their secondary with any real game experience. This would be more acceptable if the team didn’t have any salary cap space, however they currently have over 20 million dollars in cap space and have chosen not to spend it. They did spend 5 million dollars to sign quarterback Michael Vick who has been the backup to second year quarterback Geno Smith. Having the popular and explosive Vick under has made it difficult for Smith to constantly hear people calling for him to be benched.
Smith started last week against the Chargers and was awful in the first half going 4-12 for 27 yards and an interception. The supposed strength of the team is the defense and they were also nowhere to be found as they were pushed around for the entire first half when they found themselves down 21-0. Vick got the start in the second half but was no more productive than Smith. Coming into the season Ryan consistently stated that he was going to get back to the aggressive running attack that got him to consecutive AFC championship games a few years back. Yet the team does not run the ball as evidenced by the combined 16 carries and 64 yards by Jet running backs.
The Broncos are looking like they may not lose the rest of the season. The offense has looked incredible, as the return of Wes Welker has invigorated what was already a dominant unit. The leading receiver changes form week to week but regardless of who it is the team continues to pile on the points. They did lose starting running back Montee Ball for several weeks with an injury and Ronnie Hillman appears to be the person that will take his place. They will look to get out on front of the Jets early and squash any hopes they have of an upset.
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