After a humbling at home at the hands of the Patriots on Sunday night, the Jets travel to Denver on Thursday to take on the Broncos after a quick turnaround. The Jets made no secret of their distaste with playing in these circumstances, but Thursday games are always difficult, especially for the road team. At 5-4, the Jets find themselves in prime position for a wild-card berth but face a tough task to winning the division. (The Patriots won both games between the teams this season and own the tiebreaker.)
Denver has been reborn since turning to Tim Tebow, though the Broncos have also played weaker opponents. The Florida product and former Heisman trophy winner can't throw the ball that well — he completed only two passes in Denver's win over Kansas City on Sunday -- but he is a threat to run. With the Jets' pass defense hardly in need of extra defensive backs, expect the Jets to load the box and dare Tebow and his suspect arm to beat them.
LaDainian Tomlinson will miss this game, so that means more of third-stringer Joe McKnight — and more of starter Shonn Greene. The Jets will try to run the ball again (if they can't throw it against the Patriots' shaky defense, against whom can they throw it?) and hope they can contain Tebow. Expect them to have no troubles in that department and bounce back nicely, even with the short week.