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Horse Tracks: Don’t be suckered, Giants have played Broncos spoiler before

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Don’t sleep on the New York Giants. They’ve ruined things for Denver more than a couple times.

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Oh man, are you looking forward to Sunday?! With a completely decimated receiving corps, Dominique Rogers Cromartie getting suspended, and a terri-bad 0-5 record, there’s no way the Denver Broncos could lose to the Giants on Sunday night, right?

Not so fast, Broncos fans. We’ve been shocked by the New York Giants before.

Let’s not forget that the 1986 Denver Broncos met the New York Giants in Pasadena for Super Bowl XXI. As the second quarter was drawing to a close, the Broncos were leading 10-7. However, in the waning minute of the half, an Elway safety began the beginning of the end, as the Giants rattled off 26 unanswered points. A Rich Karlis field goal and a late Vance Johnson touchdown could not overcome this legendary Giants team. The Giants crushed Denver in Super Bowl XXI, 39-20.

The Broncos squad that rolled into the Meadowlands in 1998 had everything going for them. The Giants were 5-8 and appeared to be no match for the 13-0 defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. Three Jason Elam field goals and a Terrell Davis touchdown had Denver sitting in the lead, 16-13, in the closing minutes of the 4th quarter. Then Amani Toomer happend. With :47 on the game-clock, Toomer hauled in a back breaking reception at the back of the end zone that ended all undefeated season hopes in that 1998 season.

...but Amani Toomer wasn’t done there.

In 2005, the Broncos were again riding high. Were it not for an opening day loss to the Miami Dolphins, they would have again been undefeated. Regardless, their five straight wins following that loss had the fans excited for a deep playoff run. For the first quarter, a Giants touchdown narrowly edged the Broncos with their pair of fieldgoals.

In the second quarter, Broncos running back Mike Anderson took the lead with a 2-yard rush. The Giants kept it close with a fieldgoal to close out the half. In the third quarter, the Broncos expanded their lead with a fullback Kyle Johnson touchdown. The fourth quarter is where things went wrong. Jason Elam kicked a fieldgoal and it looked as though the Broncos were going to run away with it, 23-10. Then Tiki Barber scored a touchdown bringing the game to within 6-points.

Then Amani Toomer happened.

As in 1998, Amani Toomer hauled in the game-winning touchdown pass in the back of the end zone to defeat the Denver Broncos, this time with just :05 left on the clock.

This Sunday night, the Broncos will again face the New York Giants. While it appears the game should be ours for the taking, it’s important to remember that the Giants have played spoiler before and should never be underestimated.

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE NEW YORK GIANTS

HORSE TRACKS

Denver Broncos concentrate more on Eli Manning than Giants' 0-5 start - NFL Nation- ESPN
Broncos coach Vance Joseph continues to pound away the post-bye-week message home: Don't let the 0-5 Giants' troubles affect your work.

Broncos’ Von Miller: “You have to be desperate for a win or it’s not going to happen.” – The Denver Post
Even if he was facing a team of pee-wee football players, Broncos star Von Miller insisted Thursday that he would approach Sunday night's game against the depleted, reeling Giants the same way.

Broncos' defensive stars saddened Odell Beckham Jr. will miss Sunday matchup
Von Miller, Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib were looking forward to facing Odell Beckham Jr. for the first time in the regular season, but a season-ending injury robbed them of that matchup.

How getting spurned by Rodgers-Cromartie led the Broncos to Aqib Talib | 9news.com
This ended up working out very well. 

Super Bowl hero, former Bronco, Tracy Porter arrested on drug, battery charges | Colorado Springs Gazette, News
BATON ROUGE - A Super Bowl Saint was arrested in Baton Rouge on drug and...

Port Arthur's Charles approaching NFL milestone - Beaumont Enterprise

Feeling 'really good,' rookie QB Chad Kelly begins throwing
Kelly will be throwing up to 35 yards by the end of the week.

Broncos Insist Star Receivers Will Get Their Chances « CBS Denver
Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas have combined for just 38 catches and two touchdowns for the Broncos so far this season.

Denver Broncos OC Mike McCoy 'can't wait' to coach rookie TE Jake Butt
The Denver Broncos may have struck gold when they selected tight end Jake Butt out of Michigan in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. As a refresher, Bu

Broncos issue ticket reminder for fans attending home games
After seeing an increase in counterfeit tickets, the Broncos urge fans to take appropriate measures to ensure authenticity of their tickets.

Broncos Injury Report: Paxton Lynch works on short throws
Lynch did not practice Thursday, but did have a throwing session one day earlier.

Broncos focused not just on winning, but meeting 'extremely high' standards
"Us playing to a standard is going out and doing what we do best, which is dominate football games," said C.J. Anderson.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie suspended indefinitely - NFL.com
The New York Giants announced on Thursday Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been suspended indefinitely. The suspension stems from a "heated" argument between Rodgers-Cromartie and Ben McAdoo.

Carson Wentz tosses three TDs, Cam Newton three INTs as Eagles earn 28-23 victory – ProFootballTalk
Carson Wentz completed 16 of 30 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns as the Philadelphia Eagles earned a 28-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.

Christian McCaffrey, Panthers run game disappoint - NFL.com
Carolina Panthers running backs Christian McCaffrey and Jonathan Stewart managed just a single yard on 13 carries in Thursday night's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cam Newton on Luke Kuechly: “His presence was missed” – ProFootballTalk
Perhaps because they've done this before, most of the Panthers talked about next-man-up after middle linebacker Luke Kuechly left Thursday's loss to the Eagles with a concussion.

Report: Eagles safety Chris Maragos thought to have torn PCL – ProFootballTalk
Philadelphia Eagles safety Chris Maragos left Thursday night's game against the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter after injuring his right knee on a punt return. Margos was trying to run down Christian McCaffrey with just under six minutes remaining.

Panthers' Luke Kuechly in concussion protocol for third time in three years - CBSSports.com
The Panthers got some bad news about their star linebacker on Thursday

Eagles vs. Panthers final score, things to know: Wentz a superhero, Cam gets no help - CBSSports.com
Carson Wentz was terrific and the Philly front seven dominated the Panthers' offensive line

Rishard Matthews of Tennessee Titans 'done playing football' if forced to stand for national anthem
Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews said in a since-deleted tweet that he would be "done playing football" if he is required to stand for the national anthem.

Roger Goodell's wife was tweeting incognito in defense
Roger Goodell's wife has anonymously tweeted 14 times since August to defend the NFL commissioner against unseemly or critical online stories about him, the Wall Street Journal has found.

NFL looking at contingencies if air quality in Oakland from fires remains at unacceptable levels
The NFL is looking at contingencies for the Raiders' game against the Chargers if air quality from the fires in Northern California remains at unacceptable levels. San Diego, the former home of the Chargers, is willing to help.

Jarvis Landry calls fans who rip Jay Cutler “disrespectful” and “embarrassing” – ProFootballTalk
Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry has heard the fans call for quarterback Jay Cutler's benching, and he's sick of it. Landry said fans who are blaming Cutler for the Dolphins' offensive struggles are off base and ought to be more supportive.

Alec Ogletree signs four-year extension with Rams – ProFootballTalk
The Los Angeles Rams announced Thursday evening they have signed linebacker Alec Ogletree to a four-year extension. Ogletree, who was set to be a free agent at the end of the year, is now under contract through the 2021 season.

Sammy Watkins is 'frustrated' by his role in the Rams offense after five games - CBSSports.com
It didn't take very long for Watkins to become disgruntled with his new team

Cowboys defensive starter abruptly decides to retire and Jason Garrett explains why - CBSSports.com
The Cowboys are down a defensive starter after Stephen Paea's surprising decision to retire

NFL reinstates Ezekiel Elliott's suspension after appellate court rules against him - CBSSports.com
The Cowboys might not have Elliott for their next six games, pending further action from his legal team

How the Steelers' slumping offense can get back on track against the Chiefs - CBSSports.com
The short version for how the Steelers can win Sunday: pound the ball with Le'Veon Bell

Ex-Redskins GM Scot McCloughan explains what he'd do with Kirk Cousins - CBSSports.com
McCloughan weighs in on Cousins and Alex Smith, two QBs he championed as a GM

Race for 2018 NFL Draft No. 1 pick: Kirk Cousins auditioning for 49ers in Week 6? - CBSSports.com
Cousins faces a potential future employer in 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan on Sunday