It’s week four of the 2020 NFL season and the Denver Broncos are in town visiting the New York Jets. This scintillating contest, between two winless teams already all but eliminated from the post-season hunt, will be broadcast nationwide in prime time on Thursday Night Football. This one might set a record for least watched prime time NFL game ever.
The Broncos come into this game perhaps even more banged up than the Jets. Denver has a whopping 15 players on injured reserve or out for this game, including Jurrell Casey, Mark Barron, DeMarcus Walker, Courtland Sutton, Drew Lock, A.J. Bouye, Von Miller and Ja’Wuan James. Ouch. The Broncos will be starting third string UDFA Brett Rypien at quarterback tonight. This looks on paper to be the most winnable game of the 2020 season for the Jets.
Unfortunately for the Jets (or fortunately if your only concern is draft position), the Jets also come into the game devastated by injuries. The Jets have 17 players either on injured reserve or out for this game, and several more walking wounded listed as questionable. In addition, massive left tackle Mekhi Becton is unlikely to play, unless he is the last remaining option, due to other injuries on the line. It’s going to be a challenge for the Jets just to field enough healthy bodies for this game.
The Jets have opened the 2020 season with three straight blowout losses and three straight games under 280 yards of total offense. They now own a five game streak under 280 yards of total offense dating back to the end of last season. The Jets have been outgained by more than 100 yards per game this year, have lost the turnover battle, and have been outscored 94 - 37 on the year. It’s very tough to win games this way. We’ll see if the Jets can turn things around tonight against a battered and struggling Broncos team.
It’s the New York Jets and the Denver Broncos in the fourth game of the 2020 NFL season. Please leave your comments in the section cleverly marked “comments” below. Enjoy the game everybody.