New York Jets vs. Denver Broncos Preview (10/23/22): Betting Odds, Prediction, Depth Chart

The Jets are off to mile high stadium to take on the Broncos, who face a short week following a Monday night loss to the Chargers. The Jets are riding high on an unexpected three game win streak while the Broncos lost a second straight primetime game. Let’s examine how these two teams’ players, coaches, and depth charts will match up against each other.

New York Jets Vs. Denver Broncos Betting Odds

Despite the Jets 4-2 record versus the Broncos 2-4 record, the Broncos are still favored -1 versus the Jets +1. The Broncos home field advantage with the elevation likely plays a significant factor in this spread, but picking the Jets looks like a steal. The over/under is set at just 38.

New York Jets Vs. Denver Broncos Prediction

The Jets go into this game coming off of a dominant 27-10 win over last year’s NFC #1 seed. Defensively, the Jets have been making some big plays, like DT Quinnen Williams who had 2 sacks, a blocked FG, and forced fumble in the win over the Packers. After ranking dead last in yards allowed last season, the Jets defense has skyrocketed up to 9th this season, proving they’ve become a much more complete unit. The offense has also taken strides as QB Zach Wilson looks more comfortable since returning from injury in week 4. After having the 5th worst scoring offense last season, they are 9th best this season. Their run game has also picked up as Breece Hall rushed for 116 yards versus the Packers.

The Broncos offense continues to stall after only scoring 16 points in week six versus an injured Chargers defense. They finally got off to a good start against the Chargers with QB Russell Wilson capping off their first drive with a 39 yard touchdown to TE Greg Dulcich, but managed a measly nine points the rest of the game.
Wilson even hurt his hamstring later in the game and is questionable for Sunday’s game. Thankfully for the Broncos, the defense is a sturdy force for the team. Second year player Baron Browning has emerged on the defensive line, with his impressive and speedy ability to get to the quarterback.

I’ll bet on the Jets overcoming the elevation and winning versus a lowly Broncos team. While before the season it would’ve been ludicrous to see the Jets on a four game win streak, they are playing like a complete team behind HC Robert Saleh. This will allow them to take the win versus a Broncos team surrounded by questions and an injured QB.

Prediction: Jets 20-14, Under hits

Betting Trends

  • Jets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in October
  • Broncos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall

Key Injuries

New York Jets Injuries: Jermaine Johnson II (Q), Dru Samia (Q)

Denver Broncos Injuries: Aaron Patrick (O) Josey Jewell (Q), Dre’Mont Jones (Q), Essang Bassey (O), Caden Sterns (Q), Russell Wilson (Q), Tom Compton (Q)

Jets vs Broncos Key Matchups

Check out the key matchups and mismatches for Jets vs Broncos below.

Jets Pass Offense vs Broncos Pass Defense

One advantage the Broncos may hold over the Jets is their defense, particularly their fifth ranked pass defense. The Broncos secondary has been a huge factor in keeping them in games, especially given their lackluster offense. The Jets offense is trying to gain steam behind Zach Wilson who missed the first three games due to a meniscus injury. Though Wilson threw 0 interceptions in their big win over the Packers, he also only threw for 118 yards while only completing 55.6% of his passes. He will need to be more effective if the Jets want to move the ball against this stout Broncos secondary.

Broncos Receiving Corps vs Jets Secondary

Though the Broncos have talent in their receiving corps, their production hasn’t reflected this much. We’ve seen splashes from WR Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, and K.J. Hamler, and even TE Greg Dulcich after his big touchdown versus the Chargers. However, underwhelming play calling from HC Nathaniel Hackett combined with questionable quaterbacking from Russell Wilson has kept these players from breaking out. Their matchup against a Jets pass defense which only allows 207.8 yards per game won’t help matters. Rookie “Sauce” Gardner and veteran DJ Reed have been standouts in the Jets secondary. Next Gen Stats has tracked that Gardner has the best performance in man coverage this season, only allowing one 6 yard reception in 40 man coverage snaps.

New York Jets Depth Chart

QB: Zach Wilson
RB1: Breece Hall
RB2: Michael Carter II
LWR: Corey Davis
RWR: Braxton Berrios
SWR: Elijah Moore
TE1: C.J. Uzomah

Denver Broncos Depth Chart

QB: Russell Wilson
RB1: Javonte Williams
RB2: hMelvin Gordon III
LWR: hCourtland Sutton
RWR: K.J. Hamler
SWR: Jerry Judy
TE1: hAlbert Okwuegbunam

A UCLA graduate, Eva is an experienced football writer who specializes in NFL game analysis and weekly storylines. In her free time you can usually find her cheering on the 49ers or watching the latest Josh Allen highlight clip.

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