Let's envision a scenario where the New York Jets beat the Denver Broncos in Week 6. What would it look like?
The Jets defense - fourth against the run and number one in sacks in the league - stifles the Broncos at the line of scrimmage. Defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson wreak havoc for Broncos blockers, allowing Quinton Coples to get after Peyton Manning and David Harris to roam sideline to sideline.
The Jets offense - averaging 139.2 rushing yards per game, good for 6th in the league - finds a rhythm, keeping Manning and company off the field. Chris Ivory is averaging 5.4 yards per carry, and the Jets decide to lean on him and successfully keep the chains moving. While QB Geno Smith has not played well at all in 2014, he's still 7-4 all-time when the Jets play at home, and he leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns among quarterbacks since 2013.
Combine this with a rowdy home environment and you have a potential recipe for a big upset in Week 6. Any given Sunday.
With a half-game deficit in the AFC West standings, the Broncos can't afford to overlook a Jets team that could awaken any time. Denver is aware of New York's strengths, and to a man, they claim they're not letting the Jets' 1-4 record distract their preparation.
Kickoff is set for 11:02 a.m. MDT on Sunday, October 12th, 2014.
The game will air on CBS. Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Dan Fouts (color commentary) will call the game with Jenny Dell reporting from the sidelines.
Denver can tune in to KCNC-TV, and DirecTV Sunday Ticket subscribers will get the game on channel 710.
At a premium, you can stream the game after the final whistle blows from NFL.com using Game Rewind. You can also listen live using streaming audio from NFL.com.
850 AM KOA & Sirius 92.
Need evidence that Broncos head coach John Fox (like every NFL coach) is superstitious? Last year the Broncos stayed in the same hotel on both of their visits to MetLife Stadium, a Week 2 win against the New York Giants and a Super Bowl thrashing by the Seattle Seahawks. This year, the Broncos have changed hotels - to the venue in which the Seahawks stayed for their Super Bowl win.
Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball has been ruled out and will likely miss a month with a groin strain. Ronnie Hillman will get the start in Ball's stead, with C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson providing support. Both Jets wide receiver Eric Decker and linebacker David Harris are questionable, but Rex Ryan voiced optimism each would play Sunday.
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The Broncos are 10-point favorites against the Jets on the road, increasing from 6.5-point favorites to start the week.