The Broncos return home looking to snap a three-game losing streak. Stick here for live updates and analysis as Denver takes on the Jets at Empower Field at Mile High.
Scouting report (11 a.m.): Check out how the Broncos match up with the Jets in Kyle Newman’s scouting report.
Mark Kiszla, columnist: Broncos 18, Jets 13
In search of maximum buzz across the pond, the NFL really wants Russell Wilson to play in London. So give DisasteRuss a week off to let the body and ego heal. Give the start to Brett Rypien, let Brandon McManus beat the J-E-T-S with 1-2-3-4-5-6 field goals and let everyone hop the plane to merry old England wearing a smile.
Kyle Newman, beat writer: Jets 17, Broncos 16
Good luck to Brett Rypien, as this rag-tag offensive line won’t be up to the task of containing the Jets’ dynamic defensive line. The Broncos’ D allows a field goal from field positioning, plus a touchdown off a Denver turnover in their own end. But besides that, they’re dominant, stuffing Breece Hall to no avail as the Denver run game can’t get going, either. Lots of boo birds at Empower Field on Sunday.
Parker Gabriel, beat writer: Jets 20, Broncos 19
The Broncos very much need a win and, ideally, two wins by the time they fly home from London. The Jets, though, are no pushover. Not only are they 4-2 with three road wins, but they’ve got a disruptive defensive front, a talented young running back in Breece Hall and confidence coming off an impressive win at Green Bay last week. Denver, meanwhile, has two touchdowns in three home games. There’s no reason the Broncos can’t win this game, but it’s a believe-it-when-you-see-it situation at this point.
Sean Keeler, columnist: Jets 17, Broncos 16
To Russ, or not to Russ. Will it matter? The J-E-T-S defense is at its strongest (pass rush, cornerback) where the Broncos’ offense is at its weakest right now. You realize that if the Orange & Blue had scored at least 18 points — JUST 18! — in each of their first six games, they’d be 5-1 right now? Chances are, neither team gets to that number Sunday without some help.
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Broncos’ Russell Wilson out against Jets with hamstring injury
Denver will be without quarterback Russell Wilson on Sunday against the Jets.
Wilson, who suffered a hamstring injury late in regulation on Monday night during a loss to the Chargers, will miss just the fourth start of his career, the Broncos announced Saturday morning.
With Wilson ruled out, backup Brett Rypien is in line to make his first start of the season and the second of his career. The quarterbacks split repetitions with the No. 1 offense in practice throughout the week. — Parker Gabriel
Broncos “looking for continuity” on offensive line, set to start Cam Fleming and Billy Turner at tackle
Denver’s first outing without left tackle Garret Bolles turned into a little bit of a mix-and-match affair up front.
The Broncos, having lost their anchor on Russell Wilson’s blind side to a fractured leg earlier in the month against Indianapolis, used three different tackle pairs over the course of a 19-16 overtime loss to the Chargers on Monday night.
The plan going forward is to avoid so much shuffling — if possible. — Parker Gabriel
Frustrated Broncos defense out to “hold up our end of the bargain” while offense looks for footing
As good as Denver’s defense has played, it hasn’t translated into victories due in part to the Broncos having the worst-scoring offense in the league. Denver (2-4) is going to need more dominating defense while the offense works out its issues to keep the season afloat.
Denver doesn’t just have a rookie cornerback trying to find his way but an entire offensive unit that continues to wobble. The Broncos enter Week 7 having scored just six touchdowns in six games. Returning home to face the New York Jets doesn’t come as much reprieve, considering Denver has scored two touchdowns and 13 points per game in three outings at Empower Field.
Having lost consecutive overtime games in which its defense allowed a grand total of one touchdown, the Broncos face the Jets and Jacksonville before their bye week. When the schedule came out in May, these games were presumed victories for an expected playoff team. Now they feel more like a tipping point in a season heading off the rails. — Parker Gabriel