Good morning, Broncos fans! Today we take a look at our week 6 opponent, the New York Giants. The Giants (0-5) are coming off of a 27-22 Week 5 loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Chargers, burying them in the NFC East. Unfortunately for the Giants, that is just the tip of the iceberg, as week 3 was way more costly than just losing a football game.
Facing the Chargers in a battle of 0-4 teams, the Giants would end up dealing with insult to injury, or is it injury to insult, as not 1, not 2, but 3 Giants Wide Receivers left the game and will not be ready for their week 6 match-up with the Broncos. Even worse, Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham have been lost for the season.
The trio of injured wide receivers, which include Beckham, Marshall and 2nd year receiver, Sterling Shepard have combined for 65 catches, 719 yards and 4 touchdowns. To put that into perspective, that is 47.4% of Eli Manning’s completions, 53.7% of Manning’s yards, and 50% of Manning’s touchdowns during the 2017 campaign. It is safe to say that the Giants and Manning are going to have to be extremely creative, as they will be facing one of the toughest defenses in the NFL in one of the toughest places to play in the NFL.
The Denver Broncos (3-1) are coming off of their bye week and will continue the quest of chasing down the undefeated, 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs. Head Coach Vance Joseph has instilled a new message to his team during the bye week, telling his players to do more. Whatever was done in the first quarter of the season, it is time to do more.
While the Denver defense ranks #1 in overall defense (260.8 yards per game) and #1 in rushing defense (50.8 yards per game), the unit can improve, specifically and ironically, in pass defense. They are currently ranked 11th against the pass, allowing opposing quarterbacks to rack up 210 yards per game in the air. The No Fly Zone must have been giving out some frequent flier miles and now it is time to cancel that promotion. Those miles have expired.
The Denver offense could use some “More” too. While 2nd year starter Trevor Siemian has been serviceable and has shown glimmers of becoming a star in this league, Siemian will need to do more to keep this team heading in the right direction. In four games this season, Siemian has already thrown four interceptions, and has also held onto ball too frequently. Pair that with an offensive line in the making, Siemian has been sacked 13 times in the first four games of the season.
Demaryius Thomas has yet to catch a touchdown, Sanders only has 2, and there has yet to be a 3rd wide receiver emerge from the depths and provide Siemian with a solid 3rd option. Bennie Fowler has been there at times, and does rank 3rd in the team in receptions and receiving yards. So yes, this team can certainly do more, and if this offense figures it out any time soon, this team has a real shot at going deep into the playoffs.
5 Keys to Victory
- Do not over think this game, especially on defense. The Giants will be without their 3 best wide receivers, meaning that the Giants are most likely going to have to get creative in order to move the ball. Stay in your spot, stay on your man, and don’t try to be a hero.
- Keep pounding the ball with running backs C.J. Anderson and Jamal Charles. Anderson is ranked 10th in rushing yards and ranks 4th in the league, averaging 82.5 rushing yards per game. Control the pace of the game, control the clock and control field position. This can all be accomplished with a strong running attack.
- Get the wide receivers involved early. They don’t have to carry the load and do all of the work, but it is very important to get your receivers in the game early. Receivers have a tendency of becoming somewhat selfish, so getting them the ball early will only help with their mentality as the game wears on.
- Keep the penalties to a minimum. The Giants are going to need all the help they can get tonight, and I don’t want us to be the ones giving it to them. Get the defense off of the field and do not give them an inch in penalty yards. 3rd down penalties will not only wear out a defense, but it will push the momentum pendulum in the Giants direction.
- Keep your Quarterback upright. Give Trevor time to do his thing. He has proven that with time, he will make the right decisions and he can make all of the throws. Give him the time necessary for the play to develop and I can see a 300 yard passing game today.
Final Score Prediction
New York Giants – 9
Denver Broncos – 34
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