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Is the Broncos defense going to make Nathaniel Hackett look good?

The Denver Broncos might win the game, but unless their defense turns it around, look for the New York Jets to score early and often.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New York Jets Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

I’d want nothing better than for the Denver Broncos to take the Jets to the woodshed for a good old-fashioned beating, but I’m afraid that is not going to be in the cards this year.

What is far more likely is that the New York Jets' Zach Wilson is going to have a darn near perfect quarterback rating and look like an NFL god throwing the football on Sunday.

With the Broncos releasing one of their defensive starters, Essang Bassey, the secondary looks on paper like one of the worst in the NFL.

The only thing we can hope for is that we get to see a shootout with Sean Payton’s Broncos out gunning the play calling of Hackett. This could be a recipe for some old-school Mile High Magic in front of the home team.

Broncos News

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Broncos add another of Sean Payton's ex-Saints - Denver Sports
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Broncos waive Essang Bassey, their early-season nickel corner - Denver Sports
Essang Bassey lost his grip on the nickel corner position, and now he lost his spot on the Broncos' 53-player roster.

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Eagles signing veteran CB Bradley Roby in move to add secondary depth
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Giants' John Michael Schmitz, Daniel Bellinger hurt on 'tush push' - ESPN
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