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Giants - Broncos
Game 1 preview
Sunday Sept 12, 4:25 PM - Broncos at Giants

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Last season the Giants finished up with a 6-10 record, which landed them second in the NFC East.
The Broncos finished last in the AFC West with a 5-11 record.

Denver Broncos
The Broncos started off this preseason with a 33-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings, went 30-3 against the Seattle Seahawks, and wrapped things up with a 17-12 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Scoring points will be a focus as the Broncos last season finished 28th in the league, averaging 20.2 points a game, still a modest improvement over 17.6 the year before.
Head coach Vic Fangio is 12-20 in his two years with this team. The Broncos opened 0-4 in 2019, and 0-3 in 2020. Fangio would like to get the team off to a better start this go round. The last time the Broncos had a winning season was back in 2016 when they went 9-7. In the four years since then, they've come up with just 5,6,7,and 5 wins.

Broncos Offense
Former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was brought in to be the offensive coordinator last season. In 2020, as it was the year earlier, they were better at rushing the ball than passing with both areas showing improvements. They'd like to see Shurmur develop Drew Lock, a quarterback they felt was a steal in the second round of the 2018 draft. Lock was given a shot in 2019 when the Broncos were 3-8, and with him, they won 4 of their last 5 games. However, Lock's performance in 2020 wasn't inspiring. He completed just 57.3% of his passes, throwing 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. In the offseason, the Broncos traded for Teddy Bridgewater - 69.1% completions, 15 TDs and 11 Ints in 2020.
Both quarterbacks were given the opportunity to be the starter. Bridgewater looked real good in his preseason play, and he will be the starter for this game with the Giants. The top receiver last year was tight end Noah Fant. Rookie Jerry Jeudy was next, and their top receiver from 2019, Courtland Sutton is returning after missing mostly all of last year. Add
Tim Patrick and KJ Hamler, and the Broncos have all they need for a good passing game, of course dependent on the quarterback.
Denver has been a run first offense, and they traded up in the second round to get running back Javonte Williams (35th pick), and expect a lot from him as he moves through his rookie year. Williams will be working with Melvin Gordon, who was the team's leading rusher in 2020. Gordon, in his first year with this team, had 10 touchdowns, 9 rushing, 1 receiving. He has now run for 8 or more touchdowns in each of the five seasons since his rookie year.

Broncos Defense
The Broncos defense plays in a division which puts them up against three of the top tier NFL offensive teams, the Chargers, the Raiders and most notably, the Chiefs. There will be six important games where opposing quarterbacks last season led their teams to be ranked 1st in passing - Chiefs Patrick Mahomes, 6th - Chargers Justin Hebert, and 7th - Raiders Derek Carr. The Broncos lost five of their six division games last year.
It didn't help that the team was hit with a number of injuries, especially to their secondary. This offseason they added cornerback Kyle Fuller, who worked with head coach Vic Fangio when he was the defensive coordinator for Chicago. Fuller had his best season playing for him. Veteran Ronald Darby was also signed. The Giants saw him in the last two games they played with Washington. Cornerback Patrick Surtain was the ninth pick overall in the draft, going to the Broncos.
edge rushers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb are going to be difficult for the Giants to deal with, especially with their shaky offensive line. Miller, who was named the Super Bowl 50 MVP, missed all of last season due to an ankle injury that kept him out. Chubb was the Broncos first-round pick in 2018 (No. 5 overall). The talented linebacker missed some practice this week dealing with an ankle injury. It was the same ankle that he had surgery on in May, so he may be limited in this game.

NY Giants
As with the Broncos, getting points up on the board has been a big issue for the Giants. Last season they finished next to last in scoring, averaging just 17.5 points a game. The Giants preseason games were a 12-7 loss to the Jets, a 17-3 loss to the Browns, and finally, with Daniel Jones playing, more points scored, but still a 22-20 loss to the Patriots. The Giants 6-10 record last year was an improvement over each of the three years before that (3, 5, and 4 wins), but that isn't saying much.
General manager Dave Gettleman has been running things for the last three years, and ownership is looking for at least, a winning season. Gettleman picked Joe Judge to be the head coach last year, and though the Giants started off 0-5, Judge led them to a 6-10 record. The plan this year is to get the offense clicking as well as his defense has shown to be. Gettleman has spent the money on free agents to provide Judge with all he needs.

Giants Offense
Jason Garrett is in his second year as the Giants offensive coordinator. As head coach with the Cowboys, Garrett helped develop quarterbacks Tony Romo and Dak Prescott. He needs to do the same with Daniel Jones, who as a rookie, led the league in fumbles with 18. Jones tied for the lead last year with 11 fumbles. Over his two year career, 27 games - 26 starts, Jones has 39 turnovers with 22 interceptions and 17 lost fumbles. This year the Giants have provided Jones with more tools to work with cutting the pressure to make something out of nothing, which leads to those kinds of mistakes.
An improved offensive line has been promised, and there's been last minute changes. With Golden Tate gone, Sterling Shepard will be back in the slot where he is most effective. Jones won't have just Darius Slayton to rely on for big plays now that the Giants added Kenny Golladay. The Giants had a total of only 12 receiving touchdowns in 2020. Golladay caught a league high 11 in 2019 with Detroit. The The 6-foot-4 receiver played in only five games last year due to injuries. The Giants selected Kadarius Toney, a versatile wide receiver with their first pick in the draft.
The Giants also signed tight end Kyle Rudolph who knows how to work the red zone area and come up with touchdowns. He'll see more action this Sunday as Evan Engram is out with a left calf injury. Running back Saquon Barkley is coming off a serious knee injury and may be limited in this game, but veteran Devontae Booker will be there to spell him. Booker is also a good blocker on the line for passing plays.

Giants Defense
Patrick Graham is the defensive coordinator. His defense was ranked 9th overall in points, allowing 22.3 points a game. That was nearly a 6 point improvement from the year before he took over. The Giants were happy that Graham signed an extension with the Giants to return, as opposed to taking on a role of head coach elsewhere. Overall the Giants offense averaged 17.5 points per game, scoring 23 points or less in 14 games last season. The offense converted less than 37 percent of their third downs, and had 22 turnovers in 2020, putting the defense in bad situations numerous times. The defense had to work hard to keep opponents from scoring, and five of the Giants total of six wins was by 5 points or less.
Hopefully the offseason improvements on the offensive side of the ball will click in fast, but the Giants aren't relying solely on that. The cornerback spot opposite James Bradberry was a problem and they tried various players without much success. They've added a former first round pick from the Titans, Adoree Jackson, who is coming off an injury shortened 2020 season. They also selected two cornerbacks in the draft. The safety position is secure with Logan Ryan, Jabrill Peppers, and Xavier McKinney.
Denver most likely won't be testing the secondary, as they rely heavily on their running game, and Teddy Bridgewater will be playing in his first game with his group of receivers. The Giants run defense was good last year, tied for 10th, and overall, the main players are in their second year playing along with each other under defensive coordinator Graham's schemes.

The Giants have an opportunity to get off to a fast start this season. None of the teams they face in the first three games finished last season with a winning record. Sandwiched between two home games with Denver and Atlanta is a short road trip to Washington. The Giants have a chance to set themselves, and see what they are all about before facing a formidable team like the Saints in New Orleans.
Opportunity knocks as well for Denver. Their first three opponents also had losing records over the season. They'll see back to back road trips with the Giants and Jaguars, followed by a home game against the Jets. Then it's a big step up, traveling to Baltimore to face off with the Ravens.
During the first three games, each of these teams has an opportunity to show they have turned the corner. Then when they next take the field, they could be standing there with confidence and a winning record up against their toughest opponent to date. It's all there for both the Giants and Broncos, and one of these teams on Sunday will get off to a better start for a change.

NFC East Games
Thursday at 8:20pm Cowboys (0-0) at Buccaneers (0-0).
Sunday at 1:00pm Eagles (0-0) at Falcons (0-0).
Sunday at 1:00pm Chargers (0-0) at Washington (0-0).
Sunday at 4:25pm Broncos (0-0) at Giants (0-0).
No NFC East teams are favored to win in these games.
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