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Denver Broncos at New York Giants: Preview and Pick
Denver Broncos at New York Giants: Preview and Pick
If you are a big fan of the quarterback position than the game between the Denver Broncos and the New York Giants is the game for you. In a brother versus brother matchup Peyton Manning and Eli Manning will showcase their skills in what should be one of the most exciting games on the week 2 NFL schedule. The winner will most certainly have bragging rights within the family.
Denver Broncos at New York Giants Odds
After a big performance in the opener and some extra rest, the Denver Broncos opened up as (-6.5) point favorites in this contest. That line has dropped to (-4.5) at several of the top rated sportsbooks even though the Broncos are attracting 73 percent of the early betting public action from the public.
Peyton Manning stole the show in week one as he single handedly demolished the Baltimore Ravens defense. Manning spread the ball throughout the offense using all of his weapons as he put up seven touchdowns on the night. This is a good sign of things to come for a team that is picked as a favorite to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Although he did not match his brothers output of seven touchdowns, Eli Manning also had a very good showing in the first game of the year.
Eli, however is not as happy as Peyton because unlike the Broncos, the Giants have yet to get a victory. The Giants played a sloppy game, turning the ball over six times in the loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
The football betting trends for this game reveal some interesting betting angles leading up to kickoff. The Broncos are 5-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games against a team with a losing home record and 5-1 ATS in the last six games overall.
The Giants are 10-4-1 ATS against a team with a winning record, 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game and 9-4 ATS in the last 13 games in week two.
The Giants are eager to get their first win of the season, but it won’t be easy against the Broncos and Peyton Manning. This sibling rivalry will be raised to new heights as both brothers face off in what could easily be dubbed the game of the week.
Denver Broncos at New York Giants Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.
The New York Giants gave away a victory to the Dallas Cowboys on opening night. In a game that featured offensive statistics that would have made the old American Football League proud, the G-men committed six turnovers in a sloppy 26-31 loss to the rival Cowboys.
Now New York gets to face Eli’s older brother, Peyton, and the high-flying Denver Broncos, fresh off a 49-21 thrashing of the defending super bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Peyton Manning completed 27 of 42 passes for 462 yards, and an astounding seven touchdowns. His seven passing touchdown equaled an NFL record, which was previously held by Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle and Joe Kapp.
Ironically, Eli Manning had the exact same number of attempts and completions as his older brother and came away with 450 yards in the air, so this game has the potential to be an aerial circus, as the Manning brothers are the top two throwing quarterbacks in the NFL after week one.
The Broncos talented trio of receivers, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker, each caught two of Peyton Manning’s touchdown throws last Thursday night. The Ravens had no answers for the Broncos air attack, while the Giants did a fairly good job of containing Dallas wide receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin on Sunday night, holding both without a touchdown grab.
As good as the Broncos are in the air, they are a mirror image of the Giants in the running attack too. Last week, lead running back Knowshon Moreno had nine carries and 28 yards on the ground. Backup running back Ronnie Hillman fared little better with 15 yards on only four carries. Denver will once again rely upon Peyton Manning’s ability to take what the defense gives him, in both the short passing game, as well as downfield.
Last week, Joe Flacco and the Ravens threw the ball 62 times against the Broncos for a mediocre 54.8 completion percentage, even with star cornerback Champ Bailey nursing a hamstring injury. To put the number of passes into context, if a team averaged 62 throws per game, that team would end up with 992 passing attempts. In comparison, the Detroit Lions, who lead the NFL in passing attempts last season, threw the ball 740 times.
In addition, Denver only gave up 58 yards on the ground to Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce last week, but the Ravens also had to throw exclusively in the second half as the Broncos broke open a game that they trailed at the half 17-14.
The Giants David Wilson had two costly fumbles, one returned for a touchdown, and reserve tailback Da’Rel Scott had a pass glance off his hands and returned for a touchdown to seal the Dallas victory last week.
Tom Coughlin is sick of answering questions about halfback David Wilson and his fumbles. After being peppered by more than a half-dozen questions about Wilson, his hands, whether he was starting this weekend against Denver and what precautions the team had taken to stop the miscues, the 67-year-old coach had had enough.
“Geez. Man, oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man,” Coughlin said at his news conference. “I can’t say any more about David Wilson, except that if I watch him in practice and his technique doesn’t improve, I’ll let you know. OK?
When asked to specify what he was going to be looking for in practice, Coughlin was even more flustered. He still answered the question. “In practice, he’s going to have to have the ball in that position all the time, not just when he thinks he’s running free and there’s nobody around him,” the coach said. “I want to see the ball in the right spot all the time. And quite frankly there’s nowhere else to go with this. I don’t know what else to say to you. I realize it’s a major issue for everybody. But there’s a way to carry the ball and there’s a way to protect the ball. Ball security is No. 1. “And that’s what he’s going to have to demonstrate.”
Wilson didn’t do that in the 36-31 loss to Dallas in the season opener. He lost two fumbles, with one was returned for a touchdown. Later, he was benched.
Coughlin has said the team needs Wilson, so expect him to start against Denver. Another fumble, however, will probably land him deep on bench and put Da’Rel Scott or the recently signed Brandon Jacobs in the game out of what is now a shaky backfield situation.
Wilson said Coughlin has addressed the fumbling issue with him and turnovers overall with the team, which committed six. It was New York’s highest total in the last 25 years.
During practice, Coughlin even yelled “high and tight” or to put “two hands on the ball” when players carried it. Wilson made sure he did.
“From here, I am just moving forward,” Wilson said. “You can think about it too much and it will hurt your play. Right now, I am just focusing on going out there and making plays and helping my team.”
Wilson isn’t worried about losing his starting job or the subsequent criticism. His focus was on correcting the problem and making plays.
“It’s not about proving doubters wrong or anything,” Wilson said. “It’s about helping my teammates because the guys work hard to win a game.”
The Giants believe that adding Jacobs to the mix will help. A fourth-round draft pick, he played with the Giants from 2005-11 and won two Super Bowls. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 but saw limited action and was eventually cut in December after having a falling out with the NFC champions.
“Last year was a curse I don’t want to talk about,” Jacobs said. He preferred discussing to return to the Giants and putting on equipment again. “It’s like a dream,” Jacobs said. “I don’t think it’s real. After that practice, I was sure I was back.”
It’s uncertain how much Jacobs will be able to help this weekend after basically being out of football for a year. He had five carries in two games. “I think I can be as productive as any running back in the National Football League,” Jacobs said. “That’s the way I feel now. I feel fast. My weight’s down. I feel good about this opportunity I have in front of me.”
The 31-year old Jacobs is the Giants’ franchise leader with 56 rushing touchdowns. He is fourth in team history with 4,898 rushing yards.
“That’s my guy, man,” said receiver Victor Cruz, who caught three touchdowns Sunday. “I’m happy to see him back. We needed some help in that specific position and I think that he’ll definitely be a guy to not only help us on the field but help David Wilson as well, getting his morale back up, his emotional state.
According to popular opinion, the New York Giants have no chance of beating the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, September 15. It's understandable.
The Broncos are coming off a season-opening demolition of the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens behind seven touchdown passes from Peyton Manning. Meanwhile, the Giants are licking their wounds after a turnover-riddled loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1. But don't count out the G-Men. Here are three keys to the game that, if the Giants follow, will lead to a victory.
Protect the ball -- Let's start with the most obvious and important point. Against the Cowboys, the Giants turned the ball over six times, including a pair of costly fumbles by David Wilson and a trio of interceptions by Eli Manning. Incredibly, the G-Men were in position to win the game before the final giveaway, a deflected pass which Brandon Carr took 49 yards to the house to make it 36-24.
Six turnovers were bad enough. It'll only take a couple to doom the Giants against Denver's explosive offense. I'll take it one step further; the Giants won't win the game unless they win the turnover battle, which is something they did in eight of nine victories last season.
Attack Denver's defense -- When the Giants weren't giving away the football in Week 1, they had the Cowboys' defense on skates. Led by wide receivers Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle, the G-Men out-gained Dallas in total yards, 478-331. Moreover, Cruz, Nicks and Randle each had at least five catches and more than 100 yards with Cruz pulling in three touchdowns.
The Broncos are going to score points on Sunday, there's just no way around it. But the Giants can keep up with them, if they aren't afraid to open up the offense by using plenty of three-wide receiver sets. Keep in mind, New York averaged 34.75 points per home game last season. It just might take 35 points (or more) to beat the Broncos this week.
Prevent the big play -- According to ProFootballFocus.com, Peyton Manning threw six deep balls against the Ravens in Week 1, three of which resulted in a touchdown; the longest went for 78 yards to Demaryius Thomas. In my opinion, this is the biggest red flag for the Giants, who gave up a league-high 29 passes of 30 or more yards last season.
Big Blue showed improvement in this area against Dallas. It limited the aerial damage of the Cowboys by keeping receivers in front of them. Thanks largely to Terrell Thomas, Miles Austin had 10 catches for a team-high 72 yards, but his longest reception went for 18 yards. Moreover, the Cowboys' longest pass play was a 23-yard catch by Terrance Williams.
Here's the problem for New York: Prince Amukamara, who suffered a concussion against the Cowboys, hasn't practiced this week (as of Thursday) and is in danger of missing Sunday's game. He must pass several tests before returning to practice. If Aaron Ross has to spell Amukamara, things could get tricky for the Giants' pass defense, which ranked near the bottom of the National Football League in 2012.
Two great offenses and two great quarterbacks. The Giants will play better on defense and will be able to exploit a Broncos team that has had problems rushing the passer. I will take Eli to get the win.