The Denver Broncos have the number 2 rushing offense in the NFL with around 158 yards per game. With Tim Tebow at the helm and the “Read Option” as their main offensive strategy, it’s no shocker. Not to mention Willis McGahee as their main back who has proved to be one of the most consistent weapons they have, until he was injured against the Chiefs. Although McGahee hasn’t ran for many touchdowns, he’s been pretty consistent with 4 games over 100 yards rushing. Many will find this to be underachieving, I find it to be successful in a Denver offense that really hasn’t found their niche. Now it’s going to be a matter of if he can keep up the success with Tebow running the show and that’s only something the rest of the season will be able to show. McGahee has been nursing the hamstring he pulled against Kansas City for the majority of the week but has been making progress. Thankfully he is the only Bronco whose status is in question tonight as big names like Brian Dawkins, Ryan Clady, and Wesley Woodyard have all been cleared to play. If McGahee starts tonight he will give Denver a big advantage against an average Jets run defense, alongside Tebow of course.
The New York Jets are a team whose bark is much worse than their bite. At a sub-par 5-4 record so far, they’ve proven to be very inconsistent on both sides of the ball. Both teams have closely matched offenses with Denver’s 22nd ranked facing off against New York’s 23rd ranked. However, the difference maker could be the Broncos’ 2nd ranked rushing offense. The Jet’s run defense isn’t poor enough to allow huge gains, but the combination of Tim Tebow, (possibly) Willis McGahee, Knowshon Moreno, and the constant threat for Tebow to come up with his arm, will keep them on their toes. The Denver pass defense has been suffering somewhat due to injuries, but they can definitely handle the explosive Jet’s offense. If Brian Dawkins, Champ Bailey, Andre Goodman, and Cassius Vaughn can contain Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, and Dustin Keller, then it will give time for guys like Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller, and D.J. Williams, to disrupt Mark Sanchez, who proved last week against the Patriots that he can’t handle the heat in the kitchen. The running stops against Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson will have to be there as well, they can’t be giving up any big runs or allow Sanchez to get into a rhythm because they will pay for it by playing catch up. Don’t count Denver out of this one yet, they’ve been on point lately and although many are skeptical of how long Tebow can lead, I think we’ll find out tonight.
Jets game plan with Hedge: