Date/Time: September 15th, 4:25 PM ET
Spread: Broncos -4.5
The Manning brothers are going to be going head to head on the national CBS game of the week in NFL betting action in Week 2, as the Denver Broncos take on the New York Giants.
The Broncos were arguably the most impressive team of the week in Week 1, as they came out of the blocks and beat up the defending Super Bowl champions, the Baltimore Ravens 49-27. QB Peyton Manning threw for 462 yards, and he tied an NFL record by throwing for seven touchdown passes. He had three receivers catch two touchdowns each, and TE Julius Thomas really busted onto the scene with five catches for 110 yards and two scores. There are some problems, though. The Ravens mustered 335 passing yards on the day (granted, QB Joe Flacco threw the ball 62 times), and they scored 27 points. The ground game as well for Denver was suspect at best. RB Knowshon Moreno led all rushers with just 28 yards on nine carries. There wasn’t a single run on the day that went for more than nine yards, and that isn’t going to cut it up at MetLife Stadium against the Giants.
New York is a very interesting study at this point. The bottom line is that the team is 0-1 on the season, and it should have never been in a position to beat the Dallas Cowboys. QB Eli Manning threw three picks as a part of the team’s six turnovers, and RB David Wilson was benched after fumbling twice. Wilson is going to really be needed in this one, though the team did add RB Brandon Jacobs as a street free agent this week. Manning threw for 450 yards and four TDs, and he managed to keep his team in the game. WR Victor Cruz, WR Hakeem Nicks, and WR Reuben Randle each had at least 100 receiving yards, and TE Brandon Myers had seven catches for 66 yards and a TD as well. So should we be depressed that the Giants turned the ball over six times, or should we be impressed that they were able to rack up 478 yards and 31 points against a Dallas defense that is touted as one of the most talented in the game? This week might provide the answer to that question.
This game means more to the 0-1 Giants, who are playing in a very difficult division than it does to the 1-0 Broncos, who are playing in arguably the weakest division in football. New York knows that it is going to have to win a game like this if is going to end up challenging for a Super Bowl. Is this going to be a game that is an early preview of the Super Bowl? If the G-Men win, don’t count the possibility out.
Denver Broncos @ New York Giants Pick: New York Giants +4.5
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