A new season! A new optimism! Let’s freaking go!!
In one of my favorites post to assemble each week, we have our weekly staff score predictions. I love it because its fun to see how right or wrong we were and how much flak some of us catch in the community for being either too optimistic or too pessimistic. It’s Week 1, so it is all about that optimism!
Collectively, we are predicting a big win for the Denver Broncos. Apparently they will whip the New York Giants 27-13 to open up the season a strong 1-0.
Here is how we predicted the score individually. I think I’m probably at the most realistic prediction, but I might be biased.
Broncos 23, Giants 16
Are the Broncos the better team in 2021? I think so. However, just because I think Denver is the better team doesn’t mean it won’t be a difficult road game to win. As Teddy Bridgewater and the Broncos offense comes out of the gates here a bit sluggish, we’ll end up seeing a bit of a defensive battle in this one. A late score by Denver will put this game away, though. Let’s get that 1-0 start for the first time in a few years! - Tim Lynch
Broncos 31, Giants 13
The Broncos have a favorable schedule in the first few weeks. Everyone seems to believe this defense can be one of the best in the league and they will definitely be looking to prove that early on. The Giants have question marks all over the field. Even if Saquon Barkley is healthy, Von Miller and company are going to get after Daniel Jones. That should allow the offense to have good field position, and give them chances to score. Vic Fangio gets his first September win, and the Broncos open the season with a win. - Adam Malnati
Broncos 34, Giants 13
The Broncos front 7 will make it very difficult for Daniel Jones to stay upright leading to short fields for the Denver offense. The result is the first true blow-out for the Broncos under Vic Fangio as the game is not as close as the score with the Giants scoring a late TD to get into double digits. - Joe Mahoney
Broncos 27, Giants 13
The fact I’m so confident about this game makes me nervous. Perhaps it’s the last five seasons that have spooked me. If Denver can get a fast start on offense and defense, that will help significantly. We know the defense will be very good, it’s all about the offense finally scoring touchdowns to help the defense out. - Ian St. Clair
Broncos 24, Giants 10
Daniel Jones looks hopeless until the game is out of reach as Fangio dials up enough heat to batter him. There’s a pick or two as the young QB struggles to process where to go with the ball after post-snap rotations by Kareem Jackson and Justin Simmons. Meanwhile Shurmur’s offense is more creative than anything we saw last season, but the passing game is more efficient than explosive. - Joe Rowles
Broncos 20, Giants 10
I’m going to go a bit lower on the Broncos’ points, as this Giants defense was one of the better scoring defenses in the NFL last year and should be strong again in 2021. I still think the Broncos put 2 TDs on them, though, with a decent chance that one of those is a defensive score after the Broncos pressure Daniel Jones into making a mistake. - Taylor Kothe