Giants at Broncos: Preview, prediction, odds and pick

Doug Mendoza
October 15, 2017

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As bad as they've been, the Giants have a solid pass defense. The New York Giants aren't a typical winless team. Watch the Jets? That winning record won't be around for long. We understand that "at least we're not the Browns" is not a battle cry any fan base would choose to embrace. For a team whose offensive scheme leans heavily on the passing game, these injuries are devastating.

Only seven teams committed an average of one turnover or less per game last season. The Giants will travel to Denver to take on the Broncos, who boast one of the best defenses in all of football. It had not happened since 1987, the year after they won their first Super Bowl.

Shepard's game stats this season scores at 22 catches for 263 yards and a touchdown.

Yet McAdoo likes his team's confidence. But that game took a huge toll as NY lost its top three wide receivers to ankle injuries. Beckham, Marshall and Shepard have accounted for 89 per cent of catches by Giants wide receivers this season.

Since entering the NFL in 2014, Beckham is considered as one of the most dynamic wide receivers of the league.

When asked last season about the difficulties of being a rookie coach, McAdoo confessed it was hard to constantly be dealing with "dumpster fires". So we have to put ourselves in his shoes and kind of figure out what his plan's going to be versus our defense. It could be argued that the Giants would be doing Manning and themselves a huge favor by sitting their quarterback for the rest of the season.

Richburg started 26 consecutive games before sitting out last week. This team isn't going anywhere this year so who cares who's catching passes? Perhaps. However, if the losses keep piling up for Big Blue, general manager Jerry Reese could be shown the door. It would be good for his body after all those starts and it would be good for the Giants, too.

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Manning's numbers might be impressive, but they haven't translated to offensive production.

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I don't know what the Giants' offense is going to look like, but I know I'm going to hate watching it. Regardless of what happens, Manning's legacy in NY will never be tarnished. The Broncos, with QB Trevor Siemian, are in the middle of the National Football League pack in yards per pass, but they are facing a Giants secondary that is minus CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (suspension) and has also had inconsistent play from CB Eli Apple.

The New York Giants looked like shadows of their former selves at Wednesday's practice.

McAdoo seems to have turned to the "nobody believes in us" rallying cry to motivate his team. All-Pro OLB Von Miller will play all over the front, creating mismatches no matter where he lines up. Tom Brady is expected to play with a sprained AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder.

The Chargers had five sacks and 8.5 tackles for losses in the game. Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell wondered why he carried the ball only 15 times against a Jacksonville defense that was ranked last against the run. This year, last three ballgames, we lost either in the last seconds of the ballgame, or the last series of the ballgame.

The Broncos are coming off the bye week with only two players listed on the injury report. Game 2 of the NLCS between the Dodgers and Cubs will air that night, and if you're lucky you'll get to bed by 2 a.m. The Colts have been helped by being in a weak division.

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