Thursday Night Football Prediction
It’s time for another Thursday Night Football Prediction. The second Thursday Night game of the season sees another AFC battle as the the 5-4 New York Jets are on the road against the 4-5 Denver Broncos. Both teams know this is a must win game if they are to have any chance of making the Playoffs. The Jets are coming off a heavy defeat against the New England Patriots and the Broncos have won back-to-back games for the first time this season. I see this game being a close one, decided by a late field goal. Let’s get to the prediction.
5-4 New York Jets at 4-5 Denver Broncos
The Jets are having an indifferent season with consistency being their main issue. Just when it seemed as if they were back on track after their disappointing 2-3 start, they were heavily beaten by their AFC East rivals New England Patriots last week. They are now 5-4 and anything less than a win in this game should see them fighting for a Wildcard place in the AFC.
Head Coach Rex Ryan has guaranteed a Super Bowl victory for the Jets this season but their play has been anything but Super Bowl worthy. Quarterback Mark Sanchez is currently having the best season of his career statistically but that still isn’t enough to help the Jets problems on Offense. The Jets have struggled running the football all season long and their leading rusher Shone Greene will have to carry the load by himself in this game as backup LaDainian Tomlinson has been ruled out with a knee injury.
The Broncos fortunes have changed drastically since Tim Tebow has become the team’s starting Quarterback. The Broncos are 3-1 with Tebow at the helm this season and are now back in contention in the AFC West. This game could be Tebow’s biggest test of the season as he goes against an impressive Jets Defense which is led by star Cornerback and Defensive Player of the Year candidate Darrelle Revis.
A surprising statistic for the Broncos this season has been their poor home record. They are just 1-4 at home with their only win coming against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. If the Broncos are going to win this one they will need greater production from their Offense. Although the team is second in the league in rushing this season, they are ranked thirty-first in passing with just under 160 yards per game. One of the Broncos Wide Receivers not named Eric Decker will have to step up if the Broncos are going to have any chance of winning this one.
I see this game coming down to who can stop the run. Whichever team can stop their opponents from running the ball effectively and put pressure on their Quarterback to make plays in the passing game, will come out on top in this one. If this is the case, I give a slight edge to Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez due to the fact that he has much more targets available to him in Wide Receivers Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress as well as Tight End Dustin Keller. Broncos Quarterback Tim Tebow only has Wide Receiver Eric Decker available to him as a real target and with plenty of injuries in the Broncos backfield, look for Tebow to be both passing and running the football tonight. I see the Jets winning this one with a late field goal. Jets20 Broncos17
Players to watch out for: Jets- Quarterback Mark Sanchez, Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes, Cornerback Darrelle Revis
Players to watch out for: Broncos- Quarterback Tim Tebow, Wide Receiver Eric Decker, Linebacker Von Miller
So that’s the prediction, hope everyone enjoys the game.