The Denver Broncos take on a severely hobbled New York Giants football team on Sunday Night Football. Vance Joseph is asking for more from his team. At 3-1, they are about to enter a difficult four game stretch, with 3 in a row on the road.
As Ian St. Clair and I discussed on the MHR Radio podcast, the Broncos have a chance to really make a statement against the Giants. Any win in the NFL is a good win. However, it may not be enough to just squeak by. Denver needs to crush the ailing Giants.
Odell Beckham Jr. is done for the season. Brandon Marshall (the wide receiver) is done for the season. Sterling Shepard and Dwayne Harris were both injured and will miss the game. The running back situation has not been good all season. Add Eli Manning dealing with a neck injury, and the recipe is complete.
The Denver defense should dominate this game. The No Fly Zone will be facing 4th string receivers, and the defensive line has been Denver’s best unit all season. The questions will be on the offensive side of the ball.
Can the offense go back to the form of the first two weeks? The third down conversion rate has dropped off. After the 0/4 performance in the red zone against the Raiders, Denver’s offense needs a bounce back. Trevor Siemian will need to take the next step.
A big part of that will be getting Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders more involved in the offense. The Broncos playmakers need to be more involved. While it is imperative that the running attack controls the clock, the passing game is where points come from.
The Broncos were able to crush Dallas. They showed in that game a killer instinct that made it look like they were ready to take the next step. Since then, they have lost to Buffalo, and struggled offensively against the Raiders. Should those struggles continue against the Giants, even in a win, it will say a lot.