With a new quarterback under center, there was hope the Denver Broncos might have some offensive output against the New York Jets this week. However, the same ole offense showed up. It’s the Nathaniel Hackett offense. The 16-9 defeat shows that the problem in Denver isn’t Russell Wilson, but Nathaniel Hackett. It might be time to begin looking ahead to 2023.
12:35 PM MT: The Broncos inactives list officially ruled quarterback Russell Wilson out. Inside linebacker Josey Jewell also wasn’t ready to go for this game. Here is your full Broncos-Jets gameday inactives list.
2:41 PM MT: Rookie running back Breece Hall broke loose for a 62-yard touchdown to put the Jets up early 7-0 over the Broncos in the first quarter.
2:48 PM MT: Brett Rypien and the Broncos offense followed up with a 13-play, 75 yard drive of their own that was capped by two yard touchdown run by Latavius Murray to potentially tie the game up. However, a poor snap and hold caused Brandon McManus to miss the extra point. Broncos down 7-6 late in the first quarter.
2:53 PM MT: Zach Wilson was pressured into rolling out and fumbled the ball while trying to spin out of a sack. The Broncos defense scooped and scored, but he was ruled down by contact, but Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett challenged the call on the field. It looked like a clear fumble on the replay, but Bill Vinovich ruled the play stands as called. Full first quarter recap.
3:16 PM MT: Despite being backed up to their own one yard line, Rypien found Greg Dulcich for some breathing room, then two plays later hit a wide open Jerry Jeudy deep for a 45-yard gain. Big play!
3:23 PM MT: The Broncos long drive that started from their one yard line ended with a 44-yard field goal from Brandon McManus to put Denver up 9-7 late in the second quarter.
3:30 PM MT: The Broncos leading rusher up until this point, Mike Boone, hobbled off the field in the second quarter and has been ruled questionable to return with an ankle injury. The Jets also lost their leading rusher with Breece Hall being carted to the locker room.
3:42 PM MT: The Jets offense responded in the two-minute drill to lead a drive late in the second quarter as Greg Zuerlein would boot a 45-yard field goal through as time expired in the first half to put the Jets back up 10-9. Full second quarter recap.
3:59 PM MT: Mike Boone officially ruled out of the game to start the second half with an ankle injury.
4:26 PM MT: Baron Browning officially ruled out of the game in the third quarter with a hip injury.
4:35 PM MT: With the third quarter coming to an end, Rypien threw an ugly interception to set the Jets up within field goal range. They would convert a third and one to end the quarter just outside of the red zone. Full third quarter recap.
4:39 PM MT: Denver’s defense came up with a big stop after the Rypien turnover to force a field goal from the Jets. The Jets lead 13-9 early in the fourth quarter.
5:08 PM MT: After adding another field goal to take a 16-9 lead, the Broncos had one last chance to keep the game in hand.
5:24 PM MT: At 2-5, there is no end in sight of the Broncos horrifically bad offense.
The Denver Broncos (2-4) will host a red-hot New York Jets (4-2) team in Week 7 and they’ll do it without their starting quarterback as Russell Wilson has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Brett Rypien will get the start in this game.
With Brett Rypien under center, the Broncos must establish the run game early with Latavius Murray. Melvin Gordon was named the starter, but you have to believe Murray will be the back the team features heavily in this game. The Jets have the fourth best run defense in the NFL allowing just 3.9 yards per carry, so Denver will have its work cut out for them.
If they can establish the run game, then the short passing game will open up for Rypien. He doesn’t have great arm strength and with the day being a windy one in Denver, he’ll need to make those plays in the short game to get points on the board.
Kickoff is set for 2:05 p.m. Mile High time on Sunday, October 23, 2022 at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. You can watch the live stream of the game through FuboTV or on CBS.
In partnership with DraftKings Sportsbook, I am covering all my picks this year on TallySight. Our staff predicted that the Broncos will lose again this week, but I disagreed with their collective assessment. I think Rypien will surprise the Jets and Denver will come out on top.