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Predictions & Projections
David Dorey
The Huddle
November 16, 2005
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IND at CIN OAK at WAS SEA at SF* Updated* Times ET

Prediction: NY Jets 10, Denver 27

The Jets bring their four game losing streak to Denver to face the second best record in the NFL. The Jets are also 0-5 on the road and getting worse every week while Denver just looks more complete with every game. Figure on a 0-6 team flying back to New York.

New York Jets (2-7)
1 7-27 @KCC 10 3-30 @CAR
2 17-7 MIA 11 Nov 20 @DEN
3 20-26 JAC 12 Nov 27 NOR
4 3-13 @BAL 13 Dec 4 @NE
5 14-12 TBB 14 Dec 11 OAK
6 17-27 @BUF 15 Dec 18 @MIA
7 14-27 @ATL 16 Dec 26 NE
8 Open Bye 17 Jan 1 BUF
9 26-31 SDC . . MON
NYJ at DEN Rush Catch Pass
QB Brooks Bollinger 0 0 200,1
RB Curtis Martin 60 20 0
TE Doug Jolley 0 40 0
WR Laveranues Coles 0 50 0
WR Justin McCareins 0 60,1 0
WR Jerricho Cotchery 0 20 0
PK Mike Nugent 1 FG 1 XP -
Pregame Notes: The positives are getting harder to find in this nightmarish season for the Jets. Against the Panthers, the passing numbers were "meager" and even Curtis Martin could not get on track. He even lost his first fumble in two years. Then the Jets lost their starting right tackle for the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. Herman Edwards may not be successful this season, but he is earning every penny he is being paid.

Quarterback: After Brooks Bollinger looked sharp by throwing for 106 yards and a score in one quarter against the Bills, he was made the starter again while Testaverde is out. He responded by completing 11 of 21 passes for 98 yards and four interceptions. While Edwards has not named a starter this week, I am assuming that Bollinger takes the start while Testaverde tries to get healthy enough to go out and get hurt again.

Running Backs: Curtis Martin had his four game scoring streak end last week when he only had 75 yards on 19 carries. He only has one game over the 75 yards this season and his upcoming schedule won't do much to help that out.

Wide Receivers: Not much to report here when Bollinger cannot throw for over 98 yards. Laveranues Coles was the lead receiver with only three catches for 30 yards and he only had four passes thrown to him last week after getting nearly a dozen targets in each of the two previous games. The offense is struggling without a quarterback and now the offensive line will be worse - not a great situation for the wideouts.

Tight Ends: Doug Jolley had two catches for 25 yards last week since Chris Baker is gone and that was actually the second highest for the team. With the need to pass only greater every week and the wideouts being phased out of the passing attack, Jolley could see even more passes his way.

Match Against the Defense: Curtis Martin will do well enough to just reach the 75 yards of last week and likely will fall short against a solid Denver D-line. Look for no scores and 60 yards likely as a ceiling.

Bollinger faces a secondary that has allowed every opponent to throw for at least one score and 214 yards during the last seven games but he's hardly been encouraging lately. Expect the need to throw to be great and Bollinger to at least gain some trash time advantages to get to 200 yards and one score. McCareins has the best shot at the score but that hasn't meant much with Bollinger around. Coles draws Champ Bailey, as if he needed anything more to go wrong.

Denver Broncos (7-2)
1 10-34 @MIA 10 31-17 @OAK
2 20-17 SDC 11 Nov 20 NYJ
3 30-10 KCC 12 Nov 24 @DAL
4 20-7 @JAC 13 Dec 4 @KCC
5 21-19 WAS 14 Dec 11 BAL
6 28-20 NE 15 Dec 17 @BUF
7 23-24 @NYG 16 Dec 24 OAK
8 49-21 PHI 17 Dec 31 @SDC
9 Open Bye M THU SAT
DEN vs NYJ Rush Catch Pass
QB Jake Plummer 0 0 210,1
RB Mike Anderson 100,1 10 0
RB Tatum Bell 60,1 20 0
TE Jeb Putzier 0 30,1 0
WR Rod Smith 0 60 0
WR Ashley Lelie 0 50 0
WR Charlie Adams 0 30 0
PK Jason Elam 2 FG 3 XP -

Pregame Notes: Were it not for the one point loss to the Giants that came at the end of that game, the Broncos would be on an eight game winning streak. Denver already has a two game lead over the Chiefs in the AFC West and is 5-0 at home this season.

Quarterback: Jake Plummer had his big 309 yard, four score game against the Eagles but returned to his more standard game when he had 205 yards and one score last week in Oakland. The rushing game takes care of moving the ball and the defense has been granting good field position. Just not a lot of reasons to throw during a season that has Denver protecting leads in every game.

Running Backs: Tatum Bell has been on again, off again this season but at worst that only means 60 rushing yards and no score. At best means 127 yards and two scores. Mike Anderson has been much more consistent, scoring in each of the last four games and crossing the century mark whenever Bell fails to do it. The tandem rushing attack has been deathly effective against opponents.

Wide Receivers: Just because the Broncos haven't needed to throw much doesn't mean that Rod Smith doesn't get his love. He had scored in three of the last four games and turned in at least 50 yards in each. Ashley Lelie has been consistent in yardage with four consecutive efforts over 64 yards but he has not scored since week five when he only had one pass. When the Broncos get near the goal line, Rod Smith is the man.

Tight Ends: Jeb Putzier had started the season with a couple of low games but has remained around 30 yards or so in almost every game since week two.

Match Against the Defense: The Jets have a terrific secondary that is ranked #1 against wideouts. But they are also ranked #28 against running backs and that is not where you want to be heading into Denver. Look for both Bell and Anderson to have a tag-team approach that will net 150 yards and at least two scores this week.

Plummer won't need to do too much to win the game other than hand-off and if he does score, it would likely go to Putzier as much as any other wideout. Moderate passing numbers here since that is all that will be needed but expect Plummer to pull the trigger on one score.