Week 6 Tale Of The Tape: New York Giants at Denver Broncos
- QuarterbackIt has been a miserable 0-5 start for Eli Manning and the Giants, and if they could not win at home against the Los Angeles Chargers, how are they going to accomplish that feat on the road against the Broncos. This appears to be one of the most difficult matchups for Manning since the Broncos have the top-ranked defense in the league. Manning’s ability to escape the pass rush is a problem.Trevor Siemian is a smart and efficient leader who does not rank with the top passers in the game, and he is not likely to ever be compared with great quarterbacks. Siemian doesn’t care about the accolades that go to the top players in the game. He just wants to follow the gameplan and make plays that help the Broncos win. That’s what has allowed him to be successful.
- OffenseThe Giants are in serious trouble after losing Odell Beckham (ankle) for the season in the loss to the Chargers. Beckham is one of the two or three most talented receivers in the game, and the Giants don’t have the running game or other supporting weapons to overcome the loss. Fellow WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) is also lost for the season. WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) has injury issues as well.The Broncos want to run the ball to take some heat off Siemian, and the combination of C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles is dependable and productive. Both have the speed to break long plays and weaken the defense. Demaryius Thomas is a game-breaking wideout, and Emmanuel Sanders excels at beating defenders in crucial situations.
- DefenseThe Giants played inspired defense a year ago, but they are having issues this season. New York ranks 26th in yards allowed and 29th against the run, and the defense is going to have to show major improvement if they are going to rescue the season after the team’s offensive injuries. DE Olivier Vernon has just 2.0 sacks and needs to pick it up and SS Landon Collins must make game-changing plays.The Broncos are known for their ability to bring the heat on opposing quarterbacks, and they are especially effective against older signal callers who are not going to be able to get away from the rush. It starts with OLB Von Miller (4.0 sacks), who has incredible quickness coming around the corner and first-rate technique. LB Brandon Marshall leads the team with 31 tackles and is a sharp hitter.
- Special TeamsThe Giants can’t expect any relief from their special teams because that area has been a major weakness to this point in the season. They have been poor in their punt coverage and Dwayne Harris (foot) will miss the rest of the season. PK Aldrick Rosas is unproven and unlikely to hit long FG attempts.The Broncos have an edge on their opponents in punt-return differential, but Isaiah McKenzie does not appear to be a threat to break long returns. Brandon McManus is off to an ordinary start, having made 7-of-10 FG attempts.
The Giants are going to have to get over their depression quickly if they are going to have any chance to compete in this game. This match-up appears to be one that favors the Broncos, as their defense should be able to dictate the outcome.