Denver Broncos vs. New York Jets Pick
NFL Week 5
Date/Time: Sunday, October 7th, 2018 –1:00 PM ET
Where: MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ
By: Keith Franks, NFL Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Spread: Denver +2 / New York -2
The Denver Broncos and the New York Jets will square off in an AFC conference clash at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, October 7th, 2018. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 PM ET and will be aired on CBS. Denver and New York have met four times in the last eight years, Denver has won three of the those four affairs. The Broncos are 5-1 SU in the last six meetings. Last year in the Mile High City, the Broncos stampeded the Jets 23-0, covering while also beating down Gang Green.
Broncos Flounder On Monday Night
The Broncos blew a 10-point lead on Monday Night to fall 27-23 against the Kansas City Chiefs. In doing so, the Orange Crush came out half of a point shy of a cover and also belly-upped on a bid to derail the Kansas City Chiefs unbeaten streak. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes skippered the rally, as he continues to put up insanely prolific numbers under center for Kansas City. Seemingly, the Kansas City offense is like Novocain, give it time and it will eventually work even if that comes against a talented Denver defense consisting of Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil.
Despite the box score, Denver controlled most of this game but that is not how it will be remembered. Most of the country bore witness to the Chiefs’ comeback on national television and once again the Broncos stock will take a hit. On the year, the Broncos one of two wins was a one-point home victory over the Oakland Raiders which in retrospect does not look all too impressive. Outside of this, the Orange Crush also own a win against the Seahawks in Week One when they edged out the 12s by a score of 27-24 in Denver. Overall, the Broncos have lost eight of their last nine road games but the good news is they have absolutely owned the Jets.
Jets Lose Again
After winning big on Monday Night Football to kick off the 2018 season, the Jets have come back down to Earth and lost three in a row now against the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, and Jacksonville Jaguars. Seemingly the losses for Gang Green get grislier as the weeks pour on. In Week Two, the Jets fell behind 20-0 against the Miami Dolphins before they would ultimately lose 20-12 at home as a three-point favorite. The Jets would follow this up with a heinous defeat on Thursday Night Football when they squandered a 14-point lead in Cleveland to allow the Browns to end a nineteen-game winless streak. In the Jets most recent charade, Gang Green would get smoked in Jacksonville by the Jaguars but that perhaps is the most forgivable offense for the Jets as the Jaguars could very well be the best team in the conference.
There has been a lot of hype and revelry surrounding this organization. The Jets drafted USC quarterback Sam Darnold to steer the ship and he looked like a solid choice in the season opener. Since then, the Jets have looked more and more like the dumpster fire many classed them to be in 2017 when some were bold enough to predict the Jets losing every game. New York has a striking resemblance to such a team now here in 2018.
Take Denver +110 on the Money Line
A great angle to take in handicapping is backing the team that lost on Monday Night Football in its follow-up. The Denver Broncos are that team and this is a good match-up for the Broncos to take advantage of. After all, the discussion here will be more focused on how Denver responds after blowing a ten-point lead and how they do this on the road in a hostile environment such as the Meadowlands. They will probably do just fine and their defense is salivating at the thought of feasting on the 29th ranked overall offense in the league (289.2 yards of total offense per game) that scores just 22.2 points per game.
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The Broncos know they can bully the Jets as they beat up this very team just last year. The Jets have a lot of work to do on both sides of the ball, the Broncos just need to know how to close out games and that can be tough against the NFL’s best offense on any day. We will go ahead and trade away the two points here and enhance our return on a Money Line play with the Broncos.