As an outsider trying to analyze the Broncos offense is about as easy as analyzing the algebra problems currently wallowing away on my desk. In the 4 games Tim Tebow has started there have been smash hits, comebacks, and mind-blowing ineptitude. If anything can be taken away as an opposing defense on how to stop this offense it is this: Do as the Lions did. In the Lions 45-10 victory over the Broncos they had 8 possessions of 3 downs or fewer, started 0-10 on third down, and gave up 7 sacks. Tebow went 18 for 39, had a pick six, and a fumble returned for a touchdown.
Ever since then the Broncos have barely even thrown the ball, 21 times against the Raiders, and 8 times against the Chiefs. This trend will obviously continue and that means the Jets should stack the box and pressure constantly, just like the Lions did. While the Lions have one of the best defensive lines in football, with Suh, Vanden Bocsh, Cliff Avril, and Corey Williams, the Jets have struggled to get to the quarterback at times. This Thursday night is not a time to have a repeat of Sunday Nights episode, and its up to more then the front three to get it done.
Devito, Pouha, Wilkerson and to an extent Ellis have all struggled getting to the quarterback. With the versatility in the running game of the Broncos offense I’d expect to see the Jets emptying the bench with linebackers that can both pressure Tebow off the line, and stop the run behind the line of scrimmage. The Jets must match the Broncos speed and versatility and that means more playing time for Aaron Maybin and maybe even Josh Mauga to go alongside Scott, Harris, Pace, and Westerman.
While the prior suggestion may result in some odd formations from Rex, I’d expect nothing less from the defense guru. The Jets have mixed it up before, like the Patriots playoff game where Rex emptied the bench of corners and safeties and left Brady flustered and without options. It won’t take much to fluster Tebow, and with Revis it gives the Jets an even bigger advantage then the Lions had. With Revis locking up either Decker or Eddie Royal, Tebow will have one less option if he ever even decides to throw. This leaves the Jets open to blitz with abandon, and will pave the way to a dominating victory.