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Broncos 2017 opponent preview Week 6: New York Giants

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The No Fly Zone will be tested by the New York Giants, but can the Denver Broncos offense keep up?

Denver Broncos v New York Giants Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images

In Week 5 of the 2017 regular season, the Denver Broncos will likely have one of the toughest challenges of the season if the New York Giants live up to their preseason hype.

The Giants have an aerial assault unlike few teams in the NFL this year, but the real hype is in the defense. They are supposed to be the complete team heading into this season and one way they can prove it early on is by taking down the No Fly Zone in Denver.

All-time series: Series tied 6-6, with Broncos winning three of last four meetings.

Giants free agency

Key additions: Brandon Marshall, Rhett Ellison, Keenan Robinson, D.J. Fluker, Geno Smith, Shaun Draughn, Duke Ihenacho

Key losses: Johnathan Hankins, Robbie Gould, Marshall Newhouse, Victor Cruz

Free agency for the Giants basically came down to one key addition on offense in wide receiver Brandon Marshall and one key loss on defense in Johnathan Hankins. I think Marshall as the number two wide receiver behind Odell Beckham Jr. is going to be a mismatch for every single team in the NFL - even the Broncos No Fly Zone.

However, I call the hype on the defense exactly that. Hype. They should be good on defense, but I’d pump the brakes on comparing them to any of the elite units out there this year.

Giants 2017 draft class

The Giants 2017 NFL Draft class was offense heavy, with the biggest addition being the pass catching tight end in Evan Engram. They have a subpar offensive line and having one of the smallest wide receiving corps in the NFL last year, they moved to beef up that end by signing Marshall and Ellison, who are both solid blockers.

Adding Engram gives them a major offensive weapon in the middle of the field, making their passing attack one of the most dangerous in the NFL heading into the season.

Giants draft picks

Rnd Player Pos. College
Rnd Player Pos. College
1 Evan Engram TE/WR Ole Miss
2 Dalvin Tomlinson DT Alabama
3 Davis Webb QB California
4 Wayne Gallman RB Clemson
5 Avery Moss Edge Youngstown State
6 Adam Bisnowaty OL Pittsburgh

Way too early predictions

Week 6: Broncos 23, Giants 16

Unlike the matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, whose offensive line will likely present problems for the Broncos defensive line, the Giants strengths match the Broncos strengths.

With the Giants offensive line questions, Eli Manning is likely to be under duress for much of the game as the Broncos defense will be on fire playing under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football in Mile High.

Ultimately, the Broncos offense will come through to score just enough to keep the Broncos on their winning ways early in the season.

Broncos 2017 predictions

Wk Date Opponent Time (MT) Predictions
Wk Date Opponent Time (MT) Predictions
1 Sep 11 vs. Los Angeles Chargers (MNF) 8:20 PM Broncos 24-10
2 Sep 17 vs. Dallas Cowboys 2:25 PM Cowboys 23-21
3 Sep 24 at Buffalo Bills 11:00 AM Broncos 27-10
4 Oct 1 vs. Oakland Raiders 2:25 PM Broncos 28-17
5 BYE
6 Oct 15 vs. New York Giants (SNF) 6:30 PM Broncos 23-16
7 Oct 22 at Los Angeles Chargers 2:25 PM Broncos 20-17
8 Oct 30 at Kansas City Cheifs (MNF) 6:30 PM
9 Nov 5 at Philadelphia Eagles 11:00 AM
10 Nov 12 vs. New England Patriots (SNF) 6:25 PM
11 Nov 19 vs. Cincinnati Bengals 2:25 PM
12 Nov 26 at Oakland Raiders 2:25 PM Raiders 27-20
13 Dec 3 at Miami Dolphins 11:00 AM
14 Dec 10 vs. New York Jets 2:00 PM
15 Dec 14 at Indianapolis Colts (TNF) 6:25 PM
16 Dec 24 at Washington Redskins 11:00 AM
17 Dec 31 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 2:25 PM