For the third consecutive week, the Denver Broncos will have a new look on offense. With Drew Lock sidelined with a shoulder injury and Jeff Driskel ineffective on Sunday, Denver has elected to go with Brett Rypien under center for the first time in his brief career. The 24-year-old will attempt to lead the Broncos to their first win of the 2020 NFL season when they visit the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET.
Rypien gets his opportunity after Driskel was 17-of-30 for 176 yards and sacked five times while Denver (0-3) suffered a 28-10 home loss against Tampa Bay in Week 3. New York (0-3) also is seeking its first victory of the year after being mauled 36-7 at Indianapolis last Sunday. The game is a pick'em in the latest Broncos vs. Jets odds from William Hill, while the over-under is 40. Before locking in any Jets vs. Broncos picks, make sure you see the latest Thursday Night Football predictions from SportsLine's proven projection model.
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- Jets vs. Broncos spread: Pick'em
- Jets vs. Broncos over-under: 40 points
- Jets vs. Broncos money line: Denver -110, New York -110
- DEN: Broncos are 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games as favorites.
- NYJ: Jets are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games against teams with losing records.
Why the Broncos can cover
Rypien gave Denver hope after replacing Driskel for the team's final possession on Sunday, completing his first eight attempts before being intercepted at the goal line on 4th-and-1. He connected twice with both Tim Patrick and Jerry Jeudy, who led the Broncos with five catches and 55 yards. The 21-year-old rookie figures to play an important role in determining whether Rypien is successful since he has been targeted a team-high 24 times over the first three games.
Denver may be able to get its ground attack going against a New York defense that ranks 24th against the run (133 yards allowed per game). Melvin Gordon, who rushed for 1,105 yards with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017, has gained 174 on 42 carries in his first year with the Broncos. He'll be leaned on with backup Phillip Lindsay (toe) inactive.
Why the Jets can cover
After enduring a game in which all the news was bad, Darnold will enter Thursday's contest with positivity, as his top receiver from last season is expected to return. Jamison Crowder is ready to get back on the field after missing New York's last two games with a hamstring injury. The 27-year-old was one of the Jets' lone bright spots in their season-opening loss at Buffalo, grabbing seven catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.
After spending his first four NFL seasons with Washington, Crowder set a career-high with 78 receptions in his first year with New York. The 2015 fourth-round draft pick out of Duke led the Jets with 833 receiving yards and six scoring catches, his highest totals since posting career highs of 847 and seven in 2016. The return of Crowder, who has caught seven of Darnold's 22 TD tosses since the start of 2019, figures to give fellow wideout Braxton Berrios a better chance to haul in a scoring pass for the third straight week.
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