Posted Thu Oct 14th by Monty
Streak: Won 4
All-time vs. Denver: 14-16-1
Last time: Broncos, 34-17, 2008
The Line: Jets by 3
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has officially proclaimed the Broncos’ vs. Jets game as “Orange Sunday” — no, not because the Broncos’ injuries have them at red alert, but because Denver players will be donning their fan-favorite orange alternate jerseys. Fans are encouraged to wear orange, and attendees at INVESCO Field at Mile High will receive orange rally towels. The Jets don’t stand a chance.
Who’s hot: RB Ladainian Tomlinson. The 2006 League MVP has returned to, well, MVP form in New York. He’s notching 5.7 yards per carry, a career-high pace, and second-best in the league. He’s still a threat in the air as well, notching 17 receptions for 95 yards. He and tight end Dustin Keller are QB Mark Sanchez‘s favorite outlets, accounting for 46% of Jets receptions and 40% of his passing yards on the season.
Who’s not: Jets pass defense. Darrelle Revis‘ sore hamstring has seen him sit out two games and leave Monday night’s Vikings tilt early, but their troubles go beyond the deserted state of Revis Island. The Jets have allowed nine passing touchdowns in the past four games, and seven different receivers have been targeted 10 or more times. Kyle Orton, Brandon Lloyd, Eddie Royal, and Jabar Gaffney are licking their chops.
Matchup to watch: Denver’s offensive line vs. New York’s defensive line. Rex Ryan defenses are notorious for their exotic blitz packages, and after watching the last two weeks of Jets film, their reputation is well-earned. Sometimes this leaves them burned (see the note on pass defense above), but the Broncos’ offensive line needs to be ready for a physical and mental brawl.