(Stats via Pro Football Reference)
Sure, the Denver Broncos are on their third-string quarterback, and they have to fly across the country on a short week. That’s a recipe for a loss, most of the time, but not with this New York Jets team.
Rypien was good at Boise State, and the Jets pass defense has been very sloppy. As a whole, the Jets unit leads the NFL in missed tackles. Despite blitzing 32.7% of the time, they have only recorded a pressure. Even though Denver is among the worst in the league in allowing quarterback pressure, the Jets also haven’t done well in that department.
When it comes to the Jets offense, they suffer from two major hurdles. First, their play caller is not creative and too predictable. The second is a skittish quarterback.
Sam Darnold has severely regressed in year three, and he looks lost in the pocket. He’s making rookie mistakes, and still suffers from “seeing ghosts.” Darnold locks on to one target and becomes easy to read.
Despite the Vegas bookmakers at Westgate Superbook having this game as a pick ’em, this is an easy one. Their total score is also set at 39.5.
The Jets are facing a rookie quarterback with a defense that doesn’t get pressure on the quarterback and can’t tackle. They also have a quarterback who looks like a rookie despite being in his third season.
Expect Rypien to make mistakes in his first NFL start. However, the Jets mistakes will compound, and eventually the Broncos will find the end zone enough to win this game.
New York 13