Thursday night, a week's worth of smack-talk and questions about the read-option offense will culminate in a Jets-Broncos matchup (pregame it right here) that could set offense back 40 years.
Helping Denver's cause on Thursday is the fact that running back Willis McGahee, who left Week 10 in the first quarter with a hamstring injury, will reportedly play on Thursday.
That's according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, who writes that "barring a setback in warm ups prior to kickoff" McGahee will be good to go.
McGahee was critical to the Broncos win over the Raiders in Week 9, rumbling for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Lance Ball carried the rock 32 times against the Chiefs in Week 10 after McGahee left the game, but wasn't nearly as effective. John Fox said recently that McGahee could have re-entered the game against the Raiders in an emergency.
And the Jets, whose coach wrote the book on stopping the read-option, represent a much more difficult challenge defensively than either Oakland or Kansas City.
McGahee was listed as questionable all week long, but John Fox said it was possible he could play. Provided McGahee can play and be effective, Denver's decision to keep him out for the rest of the matchup against the Raiders appears to have been the correct one.
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