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Paul Klee's report card and prediction for Jets at Broncos

By: Paul Klee
December 9, 2017 Updated: December 9, 2017 at 6:05 pm
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New York Jets wide receiver Greg Salas (17) is tackled by Denver Broncos free safety Rahim Moore (26) and cornerback Bradley Roby (29) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Offense

Hey, I can’t be the only one who gets a kick out of Peyton Manning’s Nationwide commercials with country music star Brad Paisley. Now it’s past time to credit the Great House Painter who covered all the cracks. Now that “PFM” is jingling all the way, the Broncos have been exposed.

Advantage: Jets

Defense

Change is coming. The top earners on Denver’s defense for 2018: Von Miller ($18.5 million), Aqib Talib ($11m), Derek Wolfe ($8m), Bradley Roby ($8.5m), Brandon Marshall ($5m) and Darian Stewart ($4.5m). The way opponents attack the linebackers, B-Marsh should be most nervous.

Advantage: Jets

Special teams

Take it from the great George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life”: “My mouth’s bleeding, Bert! My mouth’s bleedin’!” The Broncos’ special teams are bleeding points. And every time they send out Isaiah McKenzie to return punts, the opposing special teams coordinator gets his wings.

Advantage: Jets

Coaching

Imagine if the Patriots moved a practice indoors and Bill Belichick explained it like this: “When it’s cold, it’s tough. When it’s warmer, you’re more comfortable. It was cold.” That was Vance Joseph’s explanation Thursday. I’m out of words to describe how dumb this season has been.

Advantage: Jets

Intangibles

Not my gig to tell folks how to spend their holiday money. But suggestions are OK, right? Here’s one: the Colorado Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will put you in a cheerier mood than the Broncos. If the Broncos fall behind early Sunday, the home team will wish it wasn’t playing at home. Booo.

Advantage: Jets

Klee’s prediction: Jets (-1) 26, Broncos 9 (Straight-up record: 9-3; ATS record: 9-3) 

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