On this week’s edition of Sunday Night Football, the banged up New York Giants head to Colorado to take on the Denver Broncos. The Giants are badly depleted at the receiver position, which doesn’t bode well against Denver’s elite defense. The Broncos are coming off a bye week and look to get a victory at home, in order to keep within distance of the undefeated Chiefs in their division. Kickoff at Sports Authority Field is at 8:30 PM ET.
The Giants (0-5) were a hot mess before last week’s devastating injuries to their entire receiving core including their top playmaker Odell Beckham. The Giants loss 4 of their top 5 receivers in the game against the Chargers and limp into this weekend’s matchup against the Broncos. There’s really no chance that the Giants will win this game. Even prior to the injuries, the Giants were terrible on offense and only average 16 points per game. They have no running game and are destined to embrace the tank this season.
Denver Broncos (3-1) need to keep pace with the KC Chiefs, who are the only undefeated team in the NFL. Denver is coming off a bye and have an opportunity to get an easy win this weekend. The Broncos are 3-0 at home on the season, compared to the Giants who are 0-3 on the road.
The spread opened with Denver favored by 9 points. It has gone up to 12 points, but there are a few books still listing it at 11.5. The Over/Under opened at 41 points and has come down to 38.5 total points.
The Denver Broncos are a big favorite at home in this game, and they were a big favorite before the Giants lost their receiving corps last week. Denver’s defense is arguably the best in the NFL as they only give up 18 points, 273 total yards and 50 rushing yards per game. This weekend would have been interesting to see how Beckham did against the Broncos elite secondary. Unfortunately, that won’t happen now. So, the Broncos will shut down the Giants weak rushing attack and smother Eli Manning all game long. This game will be so ugly that the Giants will be begging for mercy at halftime.
Denver’s offense will look to continue running the ball effectively as they average 143 rushing yards per game. Running back CJ Anderson should break the 100 yard mark this weekend as the Giants allow 139 rushing yards per game. Even Broncos backup running back Jamaal Charles should break at least 50 yards rushing in limited carries. I see the Broncos easily surpassing the 150 total rushing yard mark in this game.
Denver’s quarterback Trevor Siemian has been managing the games well. He was tasked to lead the Broncos to victory in their last home game against the Raiders, but he failed to lead them back against Buffalo in their loss three weeks ago. Siemian will look to have a big performance against a weak Giants defense that gives up 231 passing yards and 24 points per game.
The Broncos have outscored their opponents 82-48 at home and they will keep that trend going this weekend. I expect Denver to blowout the Giants this weekend, somewhere in the ballpark of 38-10. The entire Denver offense will have success this weekend. In fact, we will see many of the backups by time the 4th quarter hits. The Giants are the worst team in the NFL as they are bad on defense, bad on offense, and have no real playmakers that can carry this team. Giants fans need to “embrace the tank.”
The Giants are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against Denver. The Broncos are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games at home, 22-10 ATS after a bye week, and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.