Denver Broncos vs. New York Giants Week 1 Predictions: Against the Spread, Total, and Props
In 2020, neither Giants nor the Broncos were offensive juggernauts, to say the least. The Broncos were 28th in the league, scoring just 20.2 points per game, while the Giants were 31st, scoring 17.5 points per game.
Both Drew Lock and Daniel Jones struggled in their second year. However, Daniel Jones is getting one last chance with loaded weapons around him while Veteran Teddy Bridgewater has replaced lock as the starter.
If either of these teams is to have success in 2021, they will need a surprise year at QB and likely a solid defensive performance.
Denver Broncos Preview
In his lone season in Carolina, Tedy Bridgewater put up solid numbers at the helm with Joe Brady calling plays. Last season, he had a career-high in completion percentage, yards, TD’s, Y/A, Y/G, and QBR.
Bridgewater will also have some excellent weapons in Denver, with Courtland Sutton and second-year pro-Jerry Jeudy on the outside. Melvin Gordan was solid last year, and Javonte Williams, who they drafted out of UNC, should also help the ground game
Defensively, they were downright bad, finishing 25th in the league last season. However, with Von Miller back to go along with Bradley Chubb and the additions of Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller, the defense should be improved as well.
New York Giants Preview
The excuses for Daniel Jones are about to come to an end. Saquan Barkley will be back, Dave Gettleman signed Kenny Golladay to big money, and they drafted Kadarius Toney to go along with Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepherd.
The skill-position group is set, the offensive line? Not so much. They very well could be the worst unit in football with rookie tackle Andrew Thomas struggling last year at Left Tackle. He will need to take a big step forward in year two to help an otherwise depleted unit.
On the defense, the Giants retained Leonard Williams on the franchise tag and added Danny Shelton to the mix on the interior defensive line. They also added Adoree Jackson, who struggled last year but was solid his first three years in the league.
Like Denver, their greatest path to success is likely to run the ball and play good defense.
Denver Broncos vs. New York Giants Betting Preview
Denver was an even split last year at 8-8 on the over/under, but the New York Giants hit the under 13 out of 16 times, leading the way at an unfathomable 81.2% last year. That was the highest percentage either way on the over or the under.
The under, even at 42, is appetizing for this one with the lack of offense from either team in recent memory. Against the spread, I’d lean Giants getting 3 points at home. Denver has done nothing to prove that they should be favored on the road, especially a game traveling to the East Coast.
Since 2019, the Broncos are 4-4 in non-conference games ATS, 2-3 as a favorite, and 0-1 as an away favorite.