To me, it's easy.
1st down rush defense. (When I reference 1st down plays I mean the initial play of the new set of downs NOT that the play resulted in a 1st down)
With all of its weapons intact now (including dopey the dope smoker now on field), the Jets revealed their tendency vs Minnesota, running the ball on 1st down.
On 32 first down plays in the game against Minnesota, 23 were rushing plays (2 of the 9 passing 1st down plays were end of the 1st half no huddle style).
That means in normal conditions over 76% of the time the Jets rush LDT, Greene or Brad Smith on fist down. Side note: Sanchez does not scare me one bit. And if the defense can make 2nd and 7's or 8's, the Jets will fall back on their secondary form of offense, the passing game.
Rex and his team like to brutally impose their will on the opponent. Denver's front 7 will have a tall task in front of them. Everyone fears the lack of pass rush, but not me. Unless the Jets switch gears, it will be our ability to contain the Jets running game that will decide the game, esp stopping them on 1st down.
CJ923 and MJD didnt find the holes they were accustomed to against our defense, but they also felt the helmet cracks from #20 and #56 which will sadly be left on the sidelines on Sunday. Bruton and Mays (or whoever ends up starting) will be huge in deciding this game.
I see Mays "posterizing" LDT if given the chance. He will need to reign in his energy to not over pursue but I see him laying out LDT many a time. We'll need him to. If there was ever a time for the D-line of Big Vick, J-Will and Bannan to be huge-r, this is the game.
For me, this game will decide whether this year's team has a shot for the playoffs or not.
If the following phrase could ever be true, Sunday would be great: "NOBODY RUNS ON THE BRONCOS"
As you'll note by not mentioning the Jets Defense, I feel Denver will be able to points on the board against the Jets defense...this may be a bit of a shootout.