Good morning, Broncos Country!
They might not even crack the top 15. When you consider that Sunday night’s game is only the 12th in the regular season, that makes total sense. The Broncos and Giants are in different conferences and only play each other once every four years unless they meet in the Super Bowl.
But there are two games in this series that make up for that lack of “history” or “passion” of the bigger rivals. The first, as it would happen, came in Super Bowl XXI. We all know how that game unfolded and will not talk about it further. Plus, the Broncos made Phil Simms look like Joe Montana, and that still doesn’t sit well. At least Simms no longer does games on CBS. It’s the small things in life.
The other might be even more irksome — the regular season 20-16 loss on Dec. 13, 1998. That Week 15 defeat was the first of the season for the Broncos. Had Denver won that game at Giants Stadium, think of what could have been that next week when it played the Miami Dolphins. Alas, New York ended all of that, and it still doesn’t sit well. At least it shouldn’t.
As for tonight’s game, will the Broncos do more, as coach Vance Joseph said earlier this week? Or will they revert back to Week Three against the Buffalo Bills?
Adam Malnati and I also previewed Sunday’s game on the latest Mile High Report Radio Podcast. The MHR Radio Podcast is on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher. Please subscribe to the one that fits your fancy, and also rate and review what you hear.
Here is a look at the Broncos and Giants through the years, courtesy of Denver’s weekly report.
- Sunday marks the 12th regular season game between the Giants and Broncos. Denver is 4-1 at home and 2-4 in the Meadowlands, 6-5 overall. The first game between the two teams was Nov. 5, 1972, at Yankee Stadium. The Giants won 29-17.
- The most recent game between the two teams was Sept. 15, 2013, at MetLife Stadium. The Broncos beat the Giants 41-23. The last game in Denver was Nov. 26, 2009, when the Broncos won 26-6. I watched that game on a cruise ship in the Caribbean and proposed to my wife days later.
- The Broncos are on a two-game winning streak over the Giants. This is the second time Denver has won two games in a row. The last time it happened was 1976-1980. Denver beat New York 14-13 on Nov. 21, 1976, at Mile High Stadium and 14-9 on Oct. 26, 1980, at Giants Stadium.
- The last time the Broncos lost to the Giants at home was Dec. 10, 1989, when they lost 14-7. The last time Denver lost on the road was Oct. 23, 2005, when it lost 24-23. Interesting note: There have been no shutouts in this series.
- The most points for the Broncos is 41, in the game at MetLife they won 41-23 in 2013. When you look at regular season games, the most points the Giants have scored is 29, in the first game between the two teams in 1972. When you add Super Bowl XXI, the 39 is the most.
- The Broncos and Giants have met once in the playoffs, that being Super Bowl XXI on Jan. 25, 1986, played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Denver lost 39-20. The other game that's a finger to the eye of Broncos Country is the 20-16 loss mentioned earlier.
- The Broncos are 21-7 all time in games after their bye. That includes a 15-4 mark record when those games are at home. Denver also can win its sixth straight game against the NFC East dating back to 2013. The Broncos have scored at least 41 points in each of those games.
The #Broncos are 21-7 all time in games after their bye. That includes a 15-4 mark record when those games are at home. Denver also can win its sixth straight game against the NFC East dating back to 2013. The Broncos have scored at 41 points in each of those games. pic.twitter.com/7xWcdP8P4M— Ian St. Clair (@IanStClair) October 13, 2017
- Broncos running back Jamaal Charles needs 87 yards from scrimmage to become the 11th active player in the NFL to reach 10,000 yards.
- Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. will play in his 100th career regular season game on Sunday. That is a remarkable accomplishment for the best corner in the NFL right now.
- Von Miller needs one sack to become the first Broncos player with at least five sacks in each of his first seven seasons. He needs 1.5 sacks to tie Karl Mecklenburg (79) for second on the team's all-time list. Miller needs 2.5 sacks to become the second-fastest player (93 games) to 80 sacks.
@VonMiller needs one sack to become the first #Broncos player w/at least 5 sacks in each of his first 7 seasons. He needs 1.5 sacks to tie @KarlMecklenburg (79) for second on the team's all-time list. Miller needs 2.5 sacks to become the 2nd-fastest player (93 games) to 80 sacks. pic.twitter.com/MZTNxPVFVw— Ian St. Clair (@IanStClair) October 13, 2017
- Broncos defensive tackle Domata Peko can/will extend his starting streak to 117 games on Sunday. That is the longest active streak by an NFL defensive lineman.
- Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib can tie Darren Sharper and Charles Woodson for the second most career interceptions returned for touchdowns. Talib has a great chance to do it on Sunday Night Football.
- Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas needs 49 yards to reach 8,000 for his career and become the seventh active player to reach that mark. DT is third in franchise history for career receptions, yards and touchdowns, behind Rod Smith and Shannon Sharpe in all three.
- Broncos right guard Ronald Leary is the NFL’s highest-graded guard in pass protection per Pro Football Focus. In 132 pass-blocking plays, Leary has not allowed a sack, quarterback hit or hurry. That's pretty dang good after four games.
#Broncos right guard @BigLeary65 is the #NFL's highest-graded guard in pass protection per @PFF. In 132 pass-blocking plays, Leary has not allowed a sack, quarterback hit or hurry. That's pretty dang good after four games. pic.twitter.com/WoMuOe2U88— Ian St. Clair (@IanStClair) October 13, 2017
- The Broncos Ground Control defense is No. 1 in the NFL against the rush (50.8). It has limited starting running backs Melvin Gordon, Ezekiel Elliott, LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch to 95 yards on 50 carries (1.9 per carry average).
- The Broncos will be making their NFL-high 19th primetime appearance at home since 2011. In the previous 18 games, Denver is 15-3.
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