Who: NY Jets (5-7) @ Denver Broncos (3-9)
When: Sunday at 4:05 pm
Where: Metlife Stadium
Point Spread: Jets -1
The 5-7 New York Jets look to keep their playoff hopes alive against a reeling Broncos team that is one of the most dysfunctional offenses in the league. As much flack as Jets GM Mike Maccagnan gets for missing on quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the second round a couple of seasons ago, remember John Elway took Brock Osweiller in the second round and Paxton Lynch in the first. Today, they’re both being outplayed by Trevor Siemian. No matter what the armchair GM’s say, finding a QB isn’t as easy as it is in Madden, folks.
Let’s take a look at some of the key matchups in this one:
RT Brandon Shell vs DE/OLB Von Miller:
For the second week in a row, Shell will go head to head with one of the NFL’s best pass rushers in Von Miller. Last week it was Justin Houston who was held without a single tackle or sack with a good amount of reps coming against Shell. Now Miller, arguably the best in the business, will look to do what he’s done to many other offensive tackles and beat up the inexperienced Shell. Another week, another great test for the second-year player.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs S Darian Stewart:
With wide receivers Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse playing their best football of the season, Seferian-Jenkins has been quite of late, but that could change against Stewart. The 5′ 11” Stewart has struggled in coverage this season and the Jets could look to get ASJ more heavily involved in the offense once again.
DT Steve McClendon vs OG’s Allen Barbre and Max Garcia
McClendon continues to be an underappreciated member of the Jets front seven despite consistently providing excellent run support and occasional pressure on opposing quarterbacks. If McClendon can continue to play as well as he has to date, he could have some success in pressuring (or help create pressure) against Siemian.
OLB Josh Martin vs OT Garrett Bolles:
Martin may not be the first player to come to mind for Jets fans when thinking of impact defensive players, but a review of the work he’s put on film this season show an inexperienced player who always looks to be just a millisecond too late in coming up with a big sack or a strip. Martin played one of his best games of the season last week and will look to finally have a breakout performance against Bolles.
The Jets will look to come home riding high after a long Sunday at mile high. Any thoughts of your own on which key players could make an impact this week? Join the discussion on our forums right here and speak up.