While both the Broncos and Jets have the same number of days to prepare for Thursday night’s contest, Denver got a seven-hour head start over New York by way of the team’s 11 a.m. MST kickoff on Sunday. The Jets played a Sunday Night game against the Patriots that didn’t kick off until 6:20 p.m. MST.
The Jets saw their three-game win streak snapped by the visiting Patriots, who earned the season series sweep with a 37-16 victory on Sunday night.
Both defenses controlled play in the first half, with the only touchdown coming on a Mark Sanchez quarterback sneak in the final minutes of the half. New England jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a pair of field goals, but the Jets defense put points on the board by forcing quarterback Tom Brady to take an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone, resulting in a safety. After the Sanchez touchdown run, Brady led the Patriots on a scoring drive, connecting with tight end Rob Gronkowski with nine seconds to play in the first half, giving New England a 13-9 advantage at the break.
The Patriots scored 10 unanswered points in the third quarter before Sanchez connected with wide receiver Plaxico Burress on a seven-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter to bring the Jets back within one score at 23-16.
New England ended the game with back-to-back touchdowns and kept the Jets off the board to earn the 37-16 victory.
Running backs Shonn Green and LaDanian Tomlinson combined for 99 yards on 20 carries, while Sanchez completed 20-of-39 passes for 306 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
The Patriots were able to get heavy pressure on Sanchez throughout the game, totaling five sacks and nine hits against the third-year quarterback.