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Broncos have “top 10 defense,” Jets say after New York quarterback Zach Wilson hammered at Mile High

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Broncos have “top 10 defense,” Jets say after New York quarterback Zach Wilson hammered at Mile High

Count Zach Wilson a Broncos admirer.

Not a fan, mind you. Not after the way Denver’s defense kept the kid’s head spinning for about three hours straight.

“I would say they’re a really good defense, of course,” the Jets rookie quarterback said after being harassed for five sacks, two interceptions and nine QB hits in a 26-0 shellacking by Denver in the Broncos’ home opener.

“You’ve seen what (Broncos coach) Vic Fangio has done over the years. They do a good job of eliminating (explosive plays) down the field. So we knew that coming into the game, I (would have to) do a better job of getting the ball underneath … but (they’re) a very good defense.”

Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and a former BYU star, completed just 19 of 35 throws for 160 yards and was picked off twice, posting a 42.6 passer rating.

Meanwhile, the Jets managed just 162 total yards and averaged 3.1 yards per play as the Broncos produced their first shutout since Week 6 of the 2019 campaign, Fangio’s first at the helm, and third against the Jets since 2005.

“They’re definitely a top 10 defense in the league at this point,” Jets guard Brad Van Roten said of the Broncos’ veteran defensive unit. “And they did a great job scheming us up.”

How great? Of the Jets’ 11 drives, eight were over within four plays or fewer. And only one of those 11 — New York’s eighth of the afternoon and third of the second half — took the ball past Denver’s 40-yard line.

“It’s not even schemes,” Van Roten continued. “It’s just guys making plays. They have a lot of good playmakers on that side of the ball.

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