The Denver Broncos will kick off their season with a trip to the Big Apple to take on the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon. The Broncos finished the 2020 season with a 5-11 record, which was good for fourth place in the AFC West. The Giants finished the season with a 6-10 record and second place in the NFC East.
New York is 6-4 in its last 10 games against Denver.
Broncos Hoping To Make Playoffs In Tough AFC WestThe Broncos have been unable to find a quarterback to lead them back into the playoff since Peyton Manning led them to a Super Bowl win in 2015. They brought in Teddy Bridgewater in the offseason, hoping he can help them end their playoff spot, but they will have a hard time doing so in a division that has three legit playoff contenders.
Denver averaged 20.2 points per game last season. They threw for 215.7 yards and rushed for 119.9 yards per game.
Bridgewater completed a career-high 69.1 percent of his passes for 3,733 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions in his lone season with the Carolina Panthers. Melvin Gordon III led the team with 986 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, while Jerry Jeudy led the team with 856 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Denver struggled defensively last season, giving up 27.9 points per game. They improved their defense through the draft and will be better than they were last season.
Giants Hoping Barkley Is HealthyThe Giants were hoping to make a playoff run last season, but an injury to running back Saquon Barkley in the second game of the season derailed those plans. Barkley is expected to be ready to go in this game, but they will need him to stay healthy if they want to make the postseason this season.
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New York averaged 17.5 points per game last season. They threw for 189.1 yards and rushed for 110.5 yards per game.
Daniel Jones completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,943 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 423 yards and one touchdown. Wayne Gallman led the Giants with 682 rushing yards and six touchdowns, while Darius Slayton led the team with 751 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
New York did a better job defensively, giving up 22.3 points per game. They used four of their six draft picks on defensive players and should be improved this season.
New York is:
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in Week 1.
- 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games against an opponent in the AFC.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against NY Giants.
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games on Fieldturf.