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Sunday Oct 15, 8:30 PM - Giants at Broncos

Giants (0-5) vs Broncos (3-1)
Denver is coming off their bye week. They had wins against the Chargers and Cowboys, followed by a loss to the Bills. That was their only game away from the stadium to date. Their last game right before the bye was a 16-10 win playing at home against the Raiders.
The Giants lost more than just a game last week playing against the Chargers. Four wide receivers went down as the Giants gave up a fourth quarter lead once again, to lose their fifth straight game of the season
Giants - Chargers Wrap-Up

Denver Broncos
The Broncos were the big winners in Super Bowl 50, then last year a 9-6 record didn't get them into the playoffs. They're playing strong now in 2017 and have a 3-1 record, but are already looking up to the leader in their AFC West division, the Kansas City Chiefs who have started at 5-0. The Chiefs took the division last year, and have already beaten some tough teams the Broncos have yet to face.
After last season head coach Gary Kubiak retired due to health concerns. Vance Joseph became the 16th head coach in the history of the franchise. Mike McCoy was the offensive coordinator from 2009-2012. After four years serving as the San Diego Chargers head coach, he was brought in to do that once again. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was replaced by Joe Woods, and the major change on defense was going from man-to-man, to utilizing zone coverage. Both Joseph and Woods were former defensive back coaches, and they felt that would work better for the players.

Denver Broncos Offense
The offensive line was not that good last year and they made a number of changes. Picking up free agent guard Ron Leary was a definite boost, and they drafted left tackle Garett Bolles 20th overall last spring. The rookie has been tested by some aggressive pass rushers and has held up well. Quarterback Trevor Siemian wants to get the ball to wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders more, but the two (each over 1000 yards last season) draw a lot of coverage. In their last game they combined for just five catches and 38 yards.
The offense will take what it can get though, and after four games they have 572 yards on the ground, averaging 143 yards per game for third-best in the NFL. That's helped them be in the league's top 10 in third-down conversions, and number 4 in time of possession. That said, they are the worst team in getting third-down conversions in the fourth quarter where it can really make a difference. Their most recent problem has been getting a touchdown in the red zone, and Siemian has had just one passing touchdown in the past two games.

Denver Broncos Defense
They were tied for third place in sacks last season, and the passing defense was ranked at the number one spot in the NFL last year. In corresponding fashion, they were fourth in points allowed. All good except for the giving up yardage on the ground - 130 per game for the number 28 spot. How are they doing now? So far after four games mostly all the good remains, and they've shown a tremendous improvement against the run. They rank first in the league in that area allowing just 50.8 yards a game. If you had a chance to watch their game with the Cowboys, you might recall that Ezekiel Elliott was shut down badly, with just nine carries for eight yards.
As for passing defense,
outside linebacker Von Miller has four sacks this season, and he will be up against Bobby Hart and Ereck Flowers. Miller's biggest problem will be more with Eli Manning's quick release than with those two. That could lead to big opportunities for the Broncos secondary, working against a hurriedly put together group of untested receivers.

Giants Offense
Last week's game with the Chargers took a big toll on the Giants, and Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris are done for the season. Also, running back Paul Perkins (ribs), center Weston Richburg (concussion), and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (ankle) have all been ruled out for Sunday’s game with the Broncos. It's all on Eli Manning now, trying to make things work with a new cast of starting receivers. Roger Lewis, Travis Rudolph, Tavarres King, and Ed Eagan will be eager to show if they can deliver.
Last year Lewis had 7 receptions for 4 first downs and 2 touchdowns. Manning hit Lewis for a touchdown last week to go along with his 4 first downs on 8 receptions in the first five games. King beat out all the receivers on the team last year with his 25 yard average per catch - too bad he had only two of them. Victor Cruz was next, averaging 15 yards a catch, but he's not here now. Tight ends Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison should play a bigger role this game, both with blocking and as receivers.
McAdoo has maintained a 2-1 pass to run ratio. The running game showed some promise last week, and now Ben McAdoo will be forced to use it more than he usually would. Orleans Darkwa is a strong runner, and the Giants will likely start him to help wear down the Denver defense for as long as he can last and be efficient. That will make it easier for Wayne Gallman to step in. As usual, Shane Vereen will be in this mix as a nice pass-run option for Manning.

Giants Defense
Expectations were high coming off last year's results, but the unit is not getting it done in most all areas. This season with their offense scoring about three points less a game (16.4), they're giving up about seven more (24.4). The injured who will be out for this game, are linebacker Jonathan Casillas (neck), defensive ends Romeo Okwara (knee), and Olivier Vernon (ankle). Safety Landon Collins (ankle) is listed as questionable. The Giants will also be without cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who is on indefinite suspension for violating team rules. Cornerback Eli Apple sat out the first three drives in last week's game for what was rumored to be poor conduct in practice, so there's a bit of unrest and dissension going on in the Giants secondary.
Last week Jason Pierre-Paul had two penalties for lining up in the neutral zone. That didn't help their cause against the Chargers. Although there were no sacks in the game, the defense got some good pressure on Philip Rivers who was able to make plays when he needed to, but young quarterback Trevor Siemian has a lot to learn before he can handle things as well as Rivers. The Giants might see some opportunities in this game, and it would be a shame if they couldn't capitalize on them, because the head coach sacrificed the secondary to playing without one of their top cornerbacks.

The Giants take their show on the road, and it has become quite the show. This week all the talk has been about players placed on injured reserve, and of them suspending one of their top defensive players. The Broncos have won all three home games and are coming off a bye week. I doubt anyone would pick the Giants to win this game. As we said, it's all on Eli Manning to have this team put up a dignified level of competition.

NFC East Games
Thursday at 8:30pm Eagles (4-1) at Panthers (4-1) - Final Score Eagles 28 - Panthers 23
Sunday at 1:00pm 49ers (0-5) at Redskins (2-2)
Sunday at 8:30pm Giants (0-5) at Broncos (3-1)
The Redskins are the only NFC East team favored to win in these games.
Giants had their best rushing performance of the season last Sunday (152 yards).

Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (suspended this game) played for the Broncos in 2013.

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