GWR: Preview @ Denver

The 4-1 Jets head into a bye week looking for their fifth win in a row.

After six weeks, Kyle Orton is second in the NFL in passing yards, and Mark Sanchez is the only quarterback with over 100 passing attempts who has yet to throw an interception. If you say you saw that one coming, you lie. The two quarterbacks will meet a mile high when the Denver Broncos (2-3) host the New York Jets (4-1).

WHEN THE BRONCOS HAVE THE BALL: Denver has been able to do one thing well -- throw the ball. But rushing? Not so much. Rex Ryan loves to blitz the house, even if it means giving up a 3rd and 16 for a touchdown against Brett Favre and risk blowing a huge game. However, it may serve New York better to drop more players into coverage more often Sunday. Denver's offensive line is not very good and its rushing game ranks last in the league.

Darrelle Revis might not be ready to go fully, so Antonio Cromartie is expected to be matched up with the NFL's leading receiver in Brandon Lloyd for much of the game. Eddie Royal and Jabar Gaffney round out a nice receiving corps, so the Jets secondary will have its hands full.

WHEN THE JETS HAVE THE BALL: Even in not-so-great offensive performances, the Jets have not turned the ball over aside from a Shonn Greene fumble Week 1. If New York keeps that up, it should be fine against a Denver defense that ranks 25th against the run and 16th vs the pass. With safety Brian Dawkins out, all Sanchez needs to do is avoid cornerback Champ Bailey.

New York's stellar running game led by LaDainian Tomlinson could use long, chain-moving drives to keep the Broncos' offense off the field. That will work, because Denver can't stop anyone on the ground. If it commits too many defenders to stacking the box, Sanchez will find tight end Dustin Keller on play-action passes.

THE X-FACTOR: Cromartie. The guy has been outstanding and could play a pivotal role against Denver if Revis is not matched up with Lloyd. If he has a good game, the Jets win by two scores.


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