Denver Broncos vs New York Giants Betting Preview, Odds and Prediction
Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021
Time: 4:25 PM ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
TV Network: FOX
Denver Broncos Record: 0-0
NY Giants Record: 0-0
Denver Broncos vs. New York Giants Betting Odds Preview
Denver Broncos vs. NY Giants odds are delicately poised on the NFL odds board with the visitors emerging to the good. The Broncos are laying 2.5 points to the Giants and are priced at -150 on the moneyline or thereabouts depending on the preferred online sportsbook in question, making them one of several teams that are favored on the road in week 1 NFL betting markets.
The way the odds stack up signals that a close game is probably on the cards with the outcome going either way. Betting appears to be going towards the Broncos at early doors, but that could change with some betting coming in on the Giants later in the week.
So, where is the value bet in this inter-conference showdown? Will the Broncos deliver on their favourable Week 1 odds? Or will the Giants defy the odds and come through for the backers at home?
Denver Broncos Betting Odds & Overview
The Denver Broncos were left propping up the AFC West with a 5-11-0 record when all was said and done last season. It was a trying year for head coach Vic Fangio with a slew of injuries on both sides of the ball and inconsistent quarterback play. Going into 2021, therefore, the Broncos are rolling with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who was acquired in the offseason after merely one season with the Carolina Panthers. Bridgewater beat out Drew Lock for the starting job as he helped lift the Broncos to a 3-0 record in last month’s round of exhibition games.
Bridgewater is a reliable seasoned veteran, but he’s not a game-changing signal caller or voracious passer. His limitations are likely to hold back the Broncos pass offense and put the onus on the run game instead. On the defensive side of the ball, the Broncos welcome back a refreshed Von Miller and some interesting draft picks to their formidable defense. By all accounts, the Broncos D is likely to carry the brunt of the season’s workload.
On the broad spectrum of the season, the Broncos Odds are modest. They’re the third-best bet to win the AFC West at +600. In SBLVI betting, they’re priced at +4500 which puts them outside of the Top 10 best bets.
New York Giants Betting Odds & Overview
It was a chaotic 2020 for the entire NFC East, which emerged as the worst division in the league and featured all four teams finishing under .500. The Giants were one of the better teams in the field and finished second in the table, but with a 6-10-0 record.
How many more losing seasons will the Giants endure with Daniel Jones as the starting quarterback? That’s the main question the Giants will be looking to answer this season. It’s time Jones proves why he was chosen sixth overall in the 2019 NFL draft or the franchise will be forced to move on.
Not everything was down to Jones’ unpredictable play and his propensity to turn over the ball. The Giants were dealt a fair share of injuries, namely to WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring) and RB Saquon Barkley (ACL and MCL). The running back’s return after missing the entire 2020 season is expected to boost the Giants offense and give Jones some company in the backfield. However, it’s impossible to tell how effective the Giants star rusher will be in week 1, never mind the rest of the season.
Thus, the NY Giants enter 2021 with low expectations across the board. They’re longshots to win Super Bowl 56 at +8000 and similarly longshots to win the NFC at +4000. Only within the NFC East do the Giants have a punter’s chance, but that’s down to the unpredictability of their neighbours rather than a ringing endorsement of their quality. The Giants are the third-best bet to win the NFC East at +400.
Denver Broncos vs. New York Giants Odds
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Denver Broncos vs. NY Giants Prediction and Betting Preview
The pick for this game is a right tossup between the Broncos and Giants. Neither has a definitive advantage over the other, thus the value has to be on both sides of the coin for a game that’s totally up for grabs.
Teddy Bridgewater played well in the preseason to win the starting job and the Broncos defense promises to make Daniel Jones’ head spin. But preseason isn’t real football, is it? This is essentially a team rolling with a new quarterback and that usually means growing pains.
The Giants made some moves in the offseason that could lead to visible improvements on both sides of the ball. The defense should be improved, the secondary should protect Jones better and the return of a healthy Golladay and Barkley will give Jones more options on offense. The Giants won’t be world-beaters, but they should have a reasonable expectation of winning their week 1 home opener against the Broncos. So, the Giants plus the points is the choice bet here.
NFL Pick: Giants +3