It will be another test for rookie quarterback Zach Wilson as he takes the New York Jets (0-2) on the road to visit former Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and the Denver Broncos (2-0) on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS).
The good news: Jets rookies QBs are 3-0 in their next start after a game with four interceptions.
The bad news: Wilson threw four interceptions and no TDs last week in a 25-6 home opener loss to the hated AFC East rival New England Patriots last Sunday. The rookie is still learning as he goes.
For those interested in New York sports betting, the Jets are 10.5-point underdogs at six different sportsbooks checked Thursday. They are anywhere from +420 (BetRivers NY Sportsbook), +425 (BetMGM, Borgata Sports, DraftKings Sportsbook NY), +430 (TwinSpires) and +450 (Caesars) moneyline underdogs.
Retail sports betting can be done at four upstate casinos as the state is working to expand New York gambling to include mobile sports betting.
The Broncos, who opened the season with two straight games on the road at the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars, are solid moneyline favorites at -590 (DraftKings, TwinSpires), -600 (BetMGM Sportsbook NY, Borgata Sports, Tipico) and -650 (Caesars).
Bridgewater, who has won three of his last four starts dating back to last season, played near-flawless quarterback in a 23-13 victory over the Jaguars last Sunday, completing 26-of-34 passes for 328 yards with two TDs and no interceptions. He has been rejuvenated with another chance to start and is making the most of it.
Wide receiver Courtland Sutton helped the Broncos' cause with nine receptions for a career-high 159 yards.
Denver Wins Big
Prediction: Anyway you look at it, this is a tough spot for Wilson and the Jets, going against a defense that has allowed just 13 points in both games played this season. Denver will also present a hostile crowd in the Broncos' first home game this year. Let’s see what Wilson can learn from not only last week but in his third career start (second on the road). Getting some help from his offense would be nice and the defense could also step up for the kid.
Look for the Broncos to open up the offense a bit more and for the defense again to keep it under 20 points. Broncos 37-17.