The New York Giants mustered no wins with Odell Beckhmam Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard in the lineup. On Sunday night, they’ll look to earn that elusive first victory against arguably the NFL’s best defense with all of those offensive stars out with injuries.
The Giants (0-5) will venture to Colorado for the first time since Thanksgiving 2009 to face the Denver Broncos, the second AFC West opponent the Giants will face in as many weeks. (8:30 PM, NBC).
New York opened their interconference slate against the Los Angeles Chargers last week, falling to the likewise winless Bolts by a 27-22 final.
Though the Giants weren’t done in by a time-expiring field goal for the third consecutive week, heartbreak was still in store, as the Giants allowed an Eli Manning fumble to set up Los Angeles’s winning score.
One play before the Manning turnover, Beckham Jr. was lost for the season on a devastating ankle injury. The Giants did manage to pick up a season-high 152 rushing yards, with Orleans Darkwa leading the way with 69 yards on eight carries, one of which was a 23-yard touchdown, the Giants’ longest run of the year.
Denver (3-1) is coming off their bye as current leaders of the very early AFC wild card picture. Their last game was a 16-10 win over divisional rival Oakland. The Broncos were anchored by 143 rushing yards, led by C.J. Anderson’s 95, and holding the Raiders to 254 yards of offense and 11 first downs.
Season Series History
This will be the 13th meeting between the Giants and Broncos, including their meeting in Super Bowl XXI, a 39-20 New York win that gave them their first Super Bowl.
Denver has won the past two meetings and three of the past four, including the last matchup in 2013 at MetLife Stadium. That last game served as the final “Manning Bowl”, as Peyton’s Broncos earned a 41-23 victory. Eli threw for 362 yards but four interceptions, while Peyton had 307 yards and two scores.
The Giants’ last visit to Denver was the Thanksgiving prime time game in 2009, a 26-6 Denver win. The only scoring that Giants managed came via a pair of Lawrence Tynes field goals.
The Competitive Edge
Match-up To Watch: DE Jason Pierre-Paul vs LT Garett Bolles
The medical focus is obviously on the obscene amount of receivers the Giants have lost, but the defense has taken a beating as well.
On the defensive line, Olivier Vernon and Romeo Okwara are already confirmed to be sitting out of this one, meaning Jason Pierre-Paul will have to step up his leadership this week.
Pierre-Paul had a tough game against Los Angeles, his most notable contribution being a pair of offside penalties that kept Chargers drives alive. He’ll square up this week against Bolles, Denver’s first round draft pick.
The Utah alum was reportedly on the Giants’ radar, but he was taken by the Broncos three picks before the Giants hit the clock. He has already made a mark on the Denver offense, fitting right in and picking up where Russell Okung left off.
Perhaps by no coincidence, the Broncos’ lone loss came when Bolles was out of the lineup with an injury. He can further win over Broncos fans with a solid performance against the veteran Pierre-Paul.
|NYG||LB Jonathan Casillas||Neck||OUT|
|NYG||DE Romeo Okwara||Knee||OUT|
|NYG||RB Paul Perkins||Ribs||OUT|
|NYG||C Weston Richburg||Concussion||OUT|
|NYG||WR Sterling Shepard||Ankle||OUT|
|NYG||DE Olivier Vernon||Ankle||OUT|
|NYG||S Landon Collins||Ankle||QUESTIONABLE|
|DEN||WR Cody Latimer||Knee||OUT|
|DEN||QB Paxton Lynch||Right Shoulder||OUT|
The Giants Will Win If…
The bus carrying to Broncos to Mile High breaks down.
Ok, really, now. The Giants will be featuring two receivers, Travis Rudolph and Ed Eagan, making their NFL regular season debuts, as well as leading off with Roger Lewis Jr. and Tavarres King, who have a combined 19 regular season receptions between them.
The Giants can take pressure off themselves, and off Eli Manning, by establishing a run game. A rare silver lining in this cesspool of imperfection is the Giants finally starting to gain some semblance of a ground game, evidenced last week when Darkwa and rookie Wayne Gallman combined for 126 yards.
It’ll be no easy task against the mighty Broncos, who have the league’s best run defense, but has anything been easy for the Giants so far this year?
The Broncos Will Win If…
They’re not caught looking ahead.
Despite missing the playoffs last season, Denver, at 3-1, is capable of doing some special things this season. It’s only October, but the Broncos already find themselves facing the horrifying trap game, going up against a Giants team filled with replacements and guys performing below their potential.
Despite their strong mark, Denver is still a game-and-half behind undefeated Kansas City for the AFC West lead. But looming large on the schedule, after another trap game against the Chargers next week, are big games against the Chiefs, Eagles and Patriots. The Broncos can’t take the Giants lightly, no matter how brutal they look.
The Giants, despite all evidence to the contrary, are probably going to win a game at some point this season. But Sunday night is more than likely not going to be that occasion.
An offense showcased by newcomers and that notorious offensive line going up against the mighty defense headlined by Von Miller is just a recipe for disaster.
The Walking Dead may be scheduled to return next Sunday night, but this Sunday night, expect the Giants to provide an unintentional preview of their own version on national television.
Broncos 24, Giants 6