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Broncos Set Their Sights On Perfect Start In Home Opener

The Denver Broncos look to continue hot start in home opener against the Jets.

After consecutive games on the road to open the season, the Broncos return to Denver on Sunday. They’ll face the hapless Jets as they look to claim the top spot in the AFC West. The Jets failed to score a touchdown against the Patriots last time out and rookie quarterback Zach Wilson threw four interceptions in the blowout loss.

New York Jets vs Denver Broncos
  • Date/Time: September 26, 4:05 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High
  • TV Coverage: CBS
  • Opening Odds: Broncos -7.5 | O/U 43.5 (Line History)
  • Jets vs Broncos Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The Broncos have faced subpar opposition in both of their games this season. As such, they’ve dealt with the favorite tag quite well, comfortably covering a -7.5 spread on both occasions. They now get the chance to play as home favorites against a Jets team that has looked quite poor. With Zach Wilson’s confidence at an all-time low, it is difficult to envision an offensive explosion from the Jets. 

New York News & Notes

After two weeks of football, it seems as though New York Jets fans are in for yet another long season. Understandably, Zach Wilson is going to need time to adapt to the NFL game. We know he’s got a powerful arm but the rookie needs to improve his decision-making.

Turning the ball over four times in a game is a death sentence in this league and the Jets aren’t blessed with the most gifted weapons either. Wilson’s response in Week 3 has the potential for intrigue and we’ll get to see what the rookie is made of.

The Jets will be the beneficiary of at least a +10 point spread come kickoff. The real issue here for them is Denver’s defense. We know the Broncos can force turnovers and keep opponents out of the end zone. Couple this with the notoriously tough environment for visiting teams and the Jets are destined to struggle offensively.

Denver News & Notes

Considering how competitive the AFC West is shaping up to be, the Broncos can’t afford to drop games against below-average teams. Teddy Bridgewater has been a revelation with four touchdowns and no interceptions across two games. The Broncos do not boast the most explosive offense, but their efficiency is commendable. A balanced offense is the name of the game for Denver.

The Jets are specifically weak against the run, so the Denver tandem of Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams should see another productive day. With Jerry Jeudy out, Courtland Sutton stepped up in a big way in Week 2, amassing 159 receiving yards in an impressive performance.

The reason the Denver offense has been so productive is largely thanks to its astute defense. The Broncos are rarely playing from behind on the scoreboard, which takes a ton of pressure off the offensive unit. If the Broncos keep their opponents to under 14 points in a third straight game, they’ll have no issue covering a hefty spread at home.

Staff Betting Pick: Broncos -7.5 (-107)

The Broncos understand the importance of starting the season 3-0 in the AFC West. They aren’t grabbing headlines for their eye-catching game plan but Denver’s stability and overall balanced play is easy to back. This is especially true against opponents performing as poorly as the Jets have through two weeks. Mile High will be bumping in this one and I can see Bridgewater having his most productive day yet.

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Shark Bites
  • Denver is 3-0 ATS in its last 3 games vs sub-.500 teams.
  • The UNDER is 10-2 in Denver’s last 12 games as a favorite.
  • New York is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road.