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Jets At Broncos: When New York Has The Ball

(Sports Network) - Though a convenient whipping post for the over-reactive set, the Jets have been opportunistic and error-free through five games while helping to post a league- best plus-11 turnover margin. Since the Ravens loss, Sanchez has completed 71- of-126 passes for 828 yards, eight TDs and no interceptions, compiling a 97.6 passer rating. He’s wisely spent a good deal of his time handing off, often to the resurgent LaDainian Tomlinson, who’s third in the conference with 435 yards, has a 5.7-yard average per carry and has scored three times. He’s averaged 113.5 yards in the last two games with the Bills and Vikings and has scored 20 times in 18 career matchups with Denver. Tomlinson enters the game 75 yards away from 13,000, while second-year backfield mate Shonn Greene racked up his first rush TD of the season last week. In the air, Braylon Edwards had six catches for 92 yards his last time out against Denver, and Santonio Holmes is looking for a fourth straight game with six catches against the Broncos.

Stopping the run will be of utmost importance for the Broncos, who, as mentioned earlier, plummeted to 25th in the league against the ground game after the loss to the Ravens. Denver is also 25th in scoring defense after allowing 24, 14, 27, 20 and 31 points. That total (116) is second-worst to Oakland in the AFC West and fifth-worst in the conference as a whole. Opponents have gained an average of 4.37 yards per carry and scored five rush touchdowns in five games. In the air, they’ve racked up 213.8 yards per week while completing 61.8 percent of their passes. As a unit, the Broncos have neither generated a consistent pass rush nor been particularly adept at forcing turnovers – recording just five sacks and six turnovers in five games. Individually, veteran cornerback Champ Bailey had an interception in his last game against the Jets in November 2005, while end Jason Hunter posted the first sack of his Broncos career last week against Baltimore.