3 Denver Broncos Bold Predictions for Week 4

Larry Rupp
Three bold predictions for the Denver Broncos in Week 4.
Three bold predictions for the Denver Broncos in Week 4. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos were picked apart by Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in a Week 3 loss and now travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the 0-3 New York Jets on Thursday Night Football. Quarterback Brett Rypien will start for the first time in his career as the Broncos look to avoid starting 0-4 on the season.

Here are three bold predictions for the Broncos that could propel them to a win in Week 3.

1. Noah Fant Has 80+ Yards and a Touchdown

Noah Fant has been a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster offense for the Broncos so far this season. He has 184 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on the year. The Jets haven't been able to stop a tight end from having a good game so far, and they face an even tougher matchup with Fant. Fant has seen at least 5 targets each game so far and has proven to be a receiving threat all over the field. The Jets have given up 3 touchdowns to tight ends so far this year and Fant could easily score one in this game. Look for Fant to become the safety blanket for a quarterback making his first start.

2. Broncos' Defense Forces 2+ Turnovers

Jets' quarterback Sam Darnold is coming off a game where he threw 3 interceptions in a blowout loss to the Indianapolis Colts. In fact, Darnold has played 29 career games with the Jets and has 32 career interceptions. That is not very good. Darnold is bound to force some throws if this game remains as close as it is projected to be and that will most likely lead to at least one mistake being made. The Broncos only have two takeaways on the season, but look for the defense to step up and make a statement in a game that may not feature a lot of offense. Darnold has been sacked an average of two times per game and don't be surprised if the Broncos put pressure on him early and often in an attempt to create some momentum.

3. KJ Hamler Scores his First Touchdown

KJ Hamler was drafted in the second round out of Penn State for his speed and agility at the wide receiver position. After missing Week 1 with an injury, Hamler has snagged 6 receptions for 78 yards over the past two weeks. Without veteran Courtland Sutton available, Hamler and fellow rookie wide receiver Jerry Jeudy head up the receiving core. Since the Jets' defense may be focused on shutting down the running game and keeping tight end Noah Fant in check, Hamler will have an opportunity to test them with deep routes throughout the entirety of this game. Rypien was known for having a big arm at Boise state and he'll have a chance to test it out this game by connecting with Hamler for a long touchdown.

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