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Denver Broncos vs. New York Jets Pick & Prediction OCT 1TH 2020

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Adam Gase's continued employment might be on the line Thursday night when the New York Jets play the Denver Broncos in a battle of 0-3 teams with forlorn offenses at East Rutherford, N.J.


The Jets have been outscored 94-37 over their first three games and were walloped 36-7 by the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The short week between games may have helped Gase remain coach for at least one more game.


Gase is doing his best to fend off the growing speculation that his tenure is near an end. New York started 0-4 last year in his first season and this campaign is also getting away fast. That they rallied to win six of their last eight games in 2019 was nice, providing hope for 2020 -- which has not materialized into quality play or positive results.


"We don't have the time to sit there and feel sorry for ourselves," Gase said. "We have to move on to the next game because it's coming up quick.


"This is the NFL -- 0-3 now. For me, I have to keep our players in the right headspace, especially when there's a lot of negativity coming at you, when everyone's character has to show up and we got to get it fixed."


New York starting quarterback Sam Darnold is also under fire after a woeful effort against the Colts in which he threw three interceptions, including two that were returned for touchdowns.


It marked the fifth time that Darnold has thrown three or more interceptions in just 29 career games.


The third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft isn't making much of an impact as the offense ranks last in scoring (12.3 points per game) and total offense (263.7).


But Gase insists he has no thoughts of demoting Darnold.


"That's always a tough decision because he's 23 years old and he's in his third year," Gase said. "Every snap he takes in a real game, they're so valuable. They're learning experiences. You have to go through tough situations sometimes. It's not always going to be smooth."


Said Darnold: "I'm looking forward to getting back at it. It's a quick turnaround and I'm looking forward to a good game against Denver and getting a win."


Meanwhile, the Broncos will give untested quarterback Brett Rypien his first career start. Drew Lock (shoulder) remains out and Jeff Driskel was largely ineffective in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Rypien entered late in the game against Tampa Bay and was 8-of-9 passing for 53 yards and one interception. Denver is counting on him to spark an offense that ranks 30th in scoring (15.0) and 29th in total offense (289.3).


The 24-year-old Rypien has solid bloodlines -- his uncle Mark was MVP of Super Bowl XXVI following the 1991 season for Washington -- and he enjoyed a standout career at Boise State in which he set Mountain West Conference records for career passing yardage (13,581 yards) and 300-yard games (21).


"We've had a year and a second training camp and a couple weeks with Brett here," Denver coach Vic Fangio said of Rypien, who was signed as an undrafted free agent after the 2019 draft. "We just think he deserves a chance here to see how he can do here, as a starter albeit with a short week of preparation, and take a look at Brett that way."


Rypien isn't overly concerned about it being a short week, he just wants to help the Broncos avoid their second straight 0-4 start.


"I think no matter who we're playing right now, we definitely need a win," Rypien said. "So yeah, that's the main focus. The focus for me is just to try to get better these next two days. We're not going to get a lot of reps full speed with the guys. It's about the mental reps and making sure I'm dialed in on protections and things like that."


The Denver defense suffered a big blow when five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey sustained a season-ending biceps injury against Tampa Bay. The unit, of course, lost star linebacker Von Miller (ankle) for the season earlier this month.


Running back Philip Lindsay (foot) was a limited practice participant each of the past two days and there is a chance he could be cleared to team with Melvin Gordon in the backfield. Lindsay has missed the past two games.


New York left tackle Mekhi Becton (shoulder) and linebacker Jordan Jenkins (shoulder) were limited in practice the past two days after being injured against the Colts. Jamison Crowder (hamstring) could be a game-time decision after missing the past two games, while fellow wideouts Breshad Perriman (ankle) and Chris Hogan (ribs/knee) are less likely to play.


--Field Level Media


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Denver Broncos vs. New York Jets

Brandon McManus kicked the go-ahead 53-yard field goal, Brett Rypien passed for two touchdowns in his first NFL start and the Denver Broncos notched their first victory of the season by beating the New York Jets 37-28 on Thursday night at East Rutherford, N.J.

Rypien completed 19 of 31 passes for 242 yards and three interceptions while starting in place of Drew Lock (shoulder). Melvin Gordon rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns, Jerry Jeudy (two catches, 61 yards) and Tim Patrick (six catches, 113 yards) caught scoring passes and Bradley Chubb had 2.5 sacks for the Broncos (1-3).

Sam Darnold was 23-of-42 passing for 230 yards and also had a career-long 46-yard touchdown run as part of a career-high 84 rushing yards for the Jets (0-4). Darnold, who was sacked six times, briefly left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury after being slammed hard to the ground on a sack by Alexander Johnson before returning three minutes into the second stanza.

Pierre Desir intercepted two passes, returning one for a score for New York. Sam Ficken kicked a career-best five field goals for the Jets, who have lost their first four games for the second straight season under coach Adam Gase.

McManus, who made three field goals, delivered his 53-yarder to put Denver ahead by two with 3:08 remaining. New York's next possession ended when Chubb sacked Darnold on fourth-and-3 from midfield at the two-minute warning and Gordon tacked on a 43-yard scoring run on the next play.

Denver led by one in the third quarter when Rypien capped a 13-play, 75-yard drive by hitting Patrick for a 7-yard score that gave the Broncos a 24-16 lead with 4:31 left in the quarter.

McManus and Ficken traded 54-yard field goals early in the final stanza before Desir picked off Rypien and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown with 10:45 left. The ensuing two-point conversion pass by Darnold was incomplete.

Brian Poole picked off Rypien to give the Jets the ball at the Denver 44-yard line with 8:37 left. That set up Ficken for a 36-yard field goal that gave the Jets a 28-27 lead with 6:23 remaining.

Earlier, New York struck first on Darnold's dazzling 46-yard scoring run that included him escaping a sack attempt by Johnson and also avoiding a tackle attempt by Justin Simmons just behind the line of scrimmage.

The Broncos scored the next 10 points, taking a 10-7 lead when Rypien teamed with Jeudy on a 48-yard touchdown pass with 13:09 left in the half. Ficken's 26-yard field goal with 6:21 remaining knotted the score.

Denver took a 17-10 lead on Gordon's 1-yard plunge with 1:37 left. Ficken booted a 38-yard field goal with 15 seconds left.

--Field Level Media

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