Broncos Week 3 Talking Points: Defense will look to continue Jets quarterback Zach Wilson’s tough NFL initiation – The Denver Post

Three key elements to look for in the Broncos’ Week 3 game against the Jets.

Big favorite

Although it’s debatable whether the Broncos should be a double-digit home favorite against anybody, they are minus-11 against the New York Jets on Sunday. Since 2004, the Broncos have been favored by at least 10 points in 28 games, but it will be the first time since October ’17 when they lost at home to the Giants 23-10 as a 13 1/2-point favorite. During that stretch, the Broncos are 22-6 straight-up and 12-15-1 against the spread. The Jets seemed to be the perfect opponent for solving the Broncos’ slow starts. The Jets fell behind 16-0 at Carolina in Week 1 and 13-3 to New England at home last week. If the Broncos can start faster than Weeks 1-2, they will force the Jets to be one-dimensional.

Wilson’s struggles

Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (No. 2 overall pick) had a nightmare start against the Patriots. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he was the third rookie in the last 40 years to throw four interceptions in his first 10 attempts, joining Kyle Orton (Chicago, 2005) and Nathan Peterman (Buffalo, 2017). Late in the first half, Wilson had three completions apiece to his team and the Patriots. The four interceptions: Throw into traffic/deflected, overthrow WR Corey Davis (maybe a drop), a brutal underthrow and an equally brutal overthrow. In two games, Carolina/New England rushed five or more players on 19 of Wilson’s 86 drop-backs (22.1%) per The Denver Post’s charting. This should be another multi-interception game for the Broncos.

Medium-range accuracy

Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater enters Week 3 ranked second in the NFL in completion percentage (77.1%) and tied for ninth in yards per attempt (8.5). Where he has been particularly accurate is on medium-range attempts. On passes traveling 5-15 “air” yards per The Post’s charting, he was 14 of 15 for 164 yards against the Giants and 10 of 10 for 123 yards (one touchdown) against Jacksonville. The same plan should be adopted against a Jets defense that almost exclusively rushed four men in the Patriots game except for third-and-long and wasn’t around the football. Carolina’s Sam Darnold was 24 of 35 (68.9%) and New England’s Mac Jones 22 of 30 (73.3%).

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