FOOTBALL IS BACK, and for the first week of the season, the New York Football Giants will be matching up with the Denver Broncos.
Both teams missed out on the playoffs last season, but both show a lot of promise coming into this season with talented young rosters.
The Giants are looking to make a playoff push this season, and Week 1 will be a challenging first game but is winnable.
Broncos Pass Rush vs. Giants Offensive Line
It is no secret that the offensive line for the Giants has been a weakness over the last few years, and this year it will stand out even more as the rest of the roster gets a lot better. Sadly, once again, the Giants’ offensive line is thrown into the deep end of the pool, just like last year starting the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Former Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, a Pro Bowler last season, will be leading the pass rush against the Giants and might have a field day getting to Daniel Jones. In the previous preseason game against the New England Patriots, predicted starting tackles Nate Solder and second-year pro Andrew Thomas allowed constant pressure. This has stayed true to the stats from last year, as the Giants allowed the fourth most pressures with 176.
If the Giants’ offensive line can’t stand up to the Broncos’ dynamic pass rush, it’s going to be a very long afternoon for Giants fans. If the offensive line can stand its ground, that is the first stepping stone to an improved season.
New Offense Weapons
The Broncos defense from the surface level looked underwhelming last season, but it was better than expected when you take a closer look. Even though they were in the middle of the pack for most defensive stats, what stands out is allowing the second-fewest touchdowns. A lot of this was due to the bad positions the defense was placed in by the offense, turning the ball over 17% of the time, leading the league.
However, the Giants will be adding a lot of talent to the offensive side of the ball, with Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, and Kyle Rudolph all signing in free agency, not to mention the return of Saquan Barkley off his ACL injury.
The offense last season was one of the worst in the league, but with all this new talent, along with Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, and Evan Engram, this offense has a lot of weapons. It once again falls on the shoulders of the offensive line and if Daniel Jones will have time. How this new offense looks, Week 1 will be crucial for the remainder of the season and also for offensive coordinator Jason Garrett’s job security.
Look For The Defense To Stay Rolling
The Giants’ defense was terrific last year, with a revolving door opposite James Bradberry’s corner position. Now with Adoreé Jackson lining up as our second corner, this defense can only improve. On top of that, the return of Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines from injury will add some outside pass-rushing to help a dominant interior defensive line.
Like the Giants, the Broncos gave a stacked young core of talent on the offensive side of the ball. However, starting quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater has never taken advantage of plays down the field. If the Giants’ defense can keep everything before them and not miss tackles, they should contain the Broncos’ offense with short gains.
Final Score: Giants Win – 24-17
Both teams might struggle to score because both teams have solid defenses and shaky offenses.
Hopefully, the Giants’ offense will have enough offense and new ways to involve the unique talent to put enough points up to win the first game of a turning point season.
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