The 3-1 Denver Broncos return to Mile High after a restful bye week to take on the 0-5 New York Giants. Broncos Europe’s Michael McQuaid takes a look at four key points ahead of the matchup on Sunday night.
How will the Giants play?
This is the million dollar question. While the Giants are 0-5 through the opening five weeks of the season, one must actually look at their results. The vast majority of the games that the Giants have lost have been very close games:
Week 1: New York Giants 3-19 Dallas Cowboys
Week 2: Detroit Lions 24-10 New York Giants
Week 3: New York Giants 24-27 Philadelphia Eagles
Week 4: Tampa Bay 25-23 New York Giants
Week 5: LA Chargers 27-22 New York Giants
The Giants have lost by no more than five points in their last three games. While these games have been tight, they have made key mistakes and lost major assets to the team, with Odell Beckham, Jr. ruled out for the season after week fives loss to the Chargers.
What Giants team will we see? They are heavily depleted and have recently brought in former Bronco wide reciever Tavarres King to fill the Beckham void.
Time will tell.
The running back situation in Denver
C.J. Anderson will relish his opportunities in week six. Photo from Ryan Greene.
There is no doubt that we have improved with the addition of former Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles. Through the Broncos first four games, Charles is fourth in NFL yards-per-carry leaders, ahead of Elijah McGuire of the New York Jets.
C.J. Anderson is also playing well. The Giants defense is allowing 139.0 yards per game rushing and ranks 29th in the NFL and with bursts of both Jamaal and C.J at the correct times, this could be a fantastic opportunity for both backs, with second year running back Devontae Booker also possibly getting a look in.
How will Trevor Siemian play?
How will Trevor Siemian fare when playing the Giants? Photo from Ryan Greene.
Through the first four Broncos games, we have seen different versions of starting quarterback Trevor Siemian. Against the Los Angeles Chargers he was efficient in the first half, with the team just about holding on to win the game in the end. When the Broncos faced the Dallas Cowboys in the second game of the season, Siemian was superb, scoring three touchdowns in the first half alone.
However in the third game of the regular season, Siemian struggled. Per Mile High Report, Through two weeks of action Siemian was getting the ball out of his hands in 2.44 seconds. In Week 3, Siemian needed 2.96 seconds and struggled against the Buffalo defense.
In week four, Siemian averaged a QB rating of 17.7. To break this down further, Derek Carr’s rating was 30.3 before he was injured in the game. Our running backs and defense carried us, of that there is no doubt. What the Broncos now need from Siemian is a resemblance of the quality shown in the game against Dallas. Against a beaten-up Giants roster, there can surely be no better chance to get going again.
How good has this guy been so far this season?. The Broncos are giving up an excellent average of 50.8 yards rushing per game through the first four outings, while only allowing 2.4 yards per carry so far.
Gotsis spoke about the team effort so far:
“Everyone needs to help with the rush defense. I’m not just saying it’s the front seven that do it. It’s our secondary coming down, our safeties coming down to the box. It’s defense playing defense. We’ve been getting to the ball. We’ve even done a great job gang tackling.”
Gotsis should find Sunday’s matchup one in which both himself and the run defense will relish.
Stick with Broncos Europe throughout the weekend for full coverage of the outing against the Giants.