It's a pivotal game tonight for the New York jets when they face the Denver Broncos. That's been said the past few weeks, and it will continue the rest of the season no matter the matchup, as their margin for error has been erased by the loss to the New England Patriots. At 5-4 and currently on the outside of the Wild Card picture, every week is big.
How do the Jets rebound from such a tough loss?
Peter Schifani: Despite losing LaDainian Tomlinson and Jeremy Kerley on offense due to the short week, the Jets will look to keep things simple in the gameplan, focus on high percentage plays, including play-action, and do everything to exploit every matchup they can to possibly get a victory.
Chris Tripodi: The Jets defense was embarrassed last week by Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, but the Broncos lack the offensive weapons to expose the Jets that badly. The defense will need to come out with something to prove to stop a one-dimensional Denver offense and the offense needs to establish the run, protect the football and not stray from the gameplan like they did against New England.
Don Lappe: Play smart, fast, physical. That starts at the top and trickles down to the players. The Jets need to be the team they were built to be. Run the football, stop the run, make plays when it counts. Everything else will fall into place.
How do the Jets deal with Tim Tebow and the Broncos offense? How much of an issue is the short week of preparation?
Peter Schifani: I think Tebow will not have the preparation on his end to deal with the Jets defense, especially the matchup of his young wide receivers versus Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. It is a short week for both teams so it's a push in terms of how well they prepare, injuries from the Patriots game will hurt the Jets.
Chris Tripodi: The short week is probably the biggest issue facing the Jets this week, as they will have just about half the time to prepare for an offense than NFL teams just don't run. Considering the Jets issues against the outside run this season, where the option is most effective, they will need to keep Tim Tebow and whoever starts at running back for Denver in check. The injuries to Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee may help counterbalance the short week of preparation.
Don Lappe: I think that the short week hurts in terms of preparing for a weird offense, but it also hurts because it takes away from the time the Jets can spend on contingency plans. What I mean by that is things the Broncos could do if they change their approach as a result of losing McGahee and Moreno. With only one real day of physical preparation, the Jets weren't able to get extra work on things outside the expected gameplan done defensively.
Peter Schifani: Expect better scoring by the Jets, including a defensive turnover for a touchdown, and the Jets will rebound to win 27-13.
Chris Tripodi: From a Jets perspective, this is a scary game. Their stout pass defense, at least against teams like Denver that can't exploit their coverage issues at the safety position, may matter little if Denver can control the clock and run 50-plus times. It's going to come down to stopping the run and Tebow, who is a monster in this offense. I think the Jets pull this one out by a 20-17 score, but it will be closer than many think and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see them sitting at 5-5 on Friday.
Don Lappe: I definitely think there is some danger in this game for the Jets. they're more talented, but this is a weird offense on a weird week after a tough loss. I think what helps the Jets is that they may be built perfectly on defense to completely stuff the Tebow-fueled Denver offense. Jets win 17-9 in an ugly game.
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