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The NFL ended Week 3 on Monday night, Sept. 28, with a matchup between the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens.

In contrast to that game, the league will begin Week 4 tonight with two of the NFL’s worst teams, the Denver Broncos versus the New York Jets. Both are 0-3 and unless the game ends in a tie, either the Broncos or the Jets will extend their losing streak and move one step closer to finalizing a dismal season.

It’s a short work week for the Jets and Broncos. Less time for preparation. Less time for the Jets to recover from Sunday’s 36-7 one-sided loss to the Indianapolis Colts on the road. The only upside for the Jets right now is who their current opponent is, another struggling team. Although the season is only one fourth of the way in, it’s a time of reckoning for the Jets.

The Colts helped further who the Jets are, shutting them out in the second, third and fourth quarters while putting up 29 points over those 45 minutes. They held Jets QB Sam Darnold to 168 passing yards and forced three interceptions, resulting in two returns by the Colts for touchdowns.

“I obviously didn’t play well enough today,” said Darnold. “I didn’t execute well enough. Obviously, the turnovers cost us big time.”

Jets head coach Adam Gase was expectedly exasperated.

“I’m frustrated for our guys, our coaches. I mean, we’re the only ones that can fix it,” said Gase. “We have to do it. We have to figure out a way to clean up all the things that aren’t going right for us.”

In addition to the Colts defeat, the Jets experienced a 21-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 and a 31-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.

It should be noted that the Niners starting quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, sat out the second half of the game against the Jets due to injuries, and in their game against the Jets the Colts, comfortable with their lead, pulled their starter, Philip Rivers in the fourth quarter. Rivers, formerly with the San Diego/ Los Angeles Chargers, and a potential Hall of Farmer, signed with the Colts in the off-season.

Against the Broncos, the Jets will see backup quarterback Jeff Driskel in place of starter Drew Lock, who’s out with a rotator cuff injury. No matter who’s quarterbacking, Denver’s wide receivers believe their record is not indicative of their ability.

“We’re way too talented to be losing these games,” Broncos receiver Tim Patrick stated after the Broncos’ 28-10 home loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

“Thank God we’ve got this quick turnaround so we can get this nasty taste out of our mouths.”