Some NFL talking heads speculated that a New York team could go 0-16 this season. They meant the Jets, but it’s the Giants who are winless and they are underdogs for this Sunday’s visit to Denver. New York will be without its best offensive player as well.
New York Giants at Denver Broncos
When: Sunday, 8:30 PM ET Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver Point Spread: Broncos -10.5
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Denver (3-1 SU, 2-1-1 ATS) comes off its bye week. They are 3-0 at home with wins over the Chargers, Cowboys and Raiders. The Giants (0-5 SU, 2-3 ATS) are one of three winless teams remaining along with the Browns and 49ers. Those latter two without a win isn’t a surprise.
The Giants were 11-5 last year and a playoff team with Super Bowl aspirations in 2017. These teams last met in 2013 when it was the Manning Bowl: Peyton vs. Eli. Peyton’s Broncos rolled 41-23, and he would retire at 3-0 against his younger brother in regular-season games. Eli had four interceptions in that loss.
New York Giants
There’s very little chance that Coach Ben McAdoo survives this disastrous start. It’s conceivable the team could fire him after a Week 7 game vs. Seattle if the Giants are still winless because then comes their bye week. If you are going to make a midseason change, that’s the time to do it. Sunday’s 27-22 loss to the previously winless Chargers was an utter disaster in every way. New York’s top three receivers, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Brandon Marshall, all left with ankle injuries.
It’s too early to tell if the latter two will play in Denver, but Beckham likely will miss the rest of the season as he fractured his ankle. That’s nothing short of catastrophic. OBJ was off to a historic start to his career with at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 TDs in each of his first three seasons. He had 20 receptions for 205 yards and two scores in three games this year; he missed the first two with a sprained ankle.
No team wants a bye week so early in the season, but first-year Denver coach Vance Joseph has to be pleased with where his club is. The Broncos are again one of the NFL’s best defensive teams, ranking first in yards allowed (260.8 ypg) and first by a mile in rushing yards allowed per game (50.8). In fact, Denver is the only team yet to allow a rushing score.
The Broncos were 28th in the league last season, having allowed 135.2 yards per game on the ground. On the flip side, Denver has one of the best rushing attacks at 143.0 yards per game with a committee of C.J. Anderson, Jamaal Charles and Devontae Booker. The Broncos have run the ball at least 30 times in all three wins. This game is important because Denver plays its following three on the road, and the Broncos were beaten soundly in the lone away game thus far (Buffalo).
Giants at Broncos Prediction
Denver 24, NY Giants 14.