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New York Giants @ Denver Broncos
Sunday, October 15, 2017
LAST WEEK’S RESULT – BYE WEEK
WEEK FOUR RESULT
Prediction: Denver 34, Oakland 27
Actual: Denver 16, Oakland 10
I cannot remember the last time the Broncos had a Bye Week as early as this one and I am not sure whether having it so early is a good or bad thing. They did not need it to get key players healthy, to be sure. They are a fairly healthy team.
Perhaps, though, they needed it to regroup a bit.
Yes, they are 3-1, but there are some troubling trends. The offense must be more productive in the Red Zone. The defense needs to communicate more efficiently on the back end. Brandon McManus would be well served to stop missing makable kicks.
Work out those issues, and the Broncos are a legitimate playoff contender.
Oh, and they are playing the New York Giants farm team this week… at least that is how it feels…
KEY MATCH UP
I am not sure what match up here is key. Frankly, all match ups favor the Broncos. I have no doubt that, if the NFL had not missed the deadline to flex this game out of the prime time, Sunday night slot, they very much would have.
The Giants are winless and have a feel – already – of playing out the string.
The Broncos are a game behind the Kansas City Chiefs for supremacy in the AFC West – football’s toughest division. Denver is primed to make a nice little run: win this week against the Giants at home and beat the 1 – 4 Los Angeles Chargers in LA (which will, likely, feel like a home game for Denver), and set up a showdown for the division lead in Kansas City in two weeks.
Sounds like fun.
The key match up is Denver versus Denver. If the Broncos do not play down to a beaten up Giants team, they should win.
Someone on the Giants squad believes he can put the team on his back and will it to a win. Some wearing blue thinks he is the key to turning the tide. He thinks he can set up his next contract by playing big Sunday night.
The X-Factor is that this is a nationally televised night game and someone has something to prove. Will it be enough to beat Denver?
I doubt it…
I believe the Broncos are better. I believe they have more (anything?) to play for than the Giants. I believe the Giants are in the kind of disarray that gets coaching staffs fired.
Do I think this will be a walkover for Denver?
Do I think they could drop this game?
But I do not think that will happen.
Denver Broncos – 31
New York Giants – 10