Courtland Sutton #14 of the Denver Broncos celebrates with Teddy Bridgewater #5 and Tim Patrick #81. Dustin Bradford/Getty Images/AFP
On Sunday, September 12th the New York Giants open their 2021 NFL season with an afternoon showdown against the Denver Broncos. New York lost all three of its preseason matchups, while Denver won them all. But as Arizona Cardinals’ QB1 Kyler Murray Says, preseason “doesn’t count,” which means both teams will enter this week with a clean slate.
Below, we’ll take a look at the early NFL odds and best sportsbook to bet with.
Denver Broncos vs. New York Giants
Sunday, September 12, 2021 – 04:25 PM EDT at MetLife Stadium
The Giants ended last year with a 6-10 record and finished second in the NFC East. The Broncos also won one less game last year, finishing fifth in the AFC West with 5-11. BetOnline reports that the Broncos are a 3-point favorite in this matchup, with the over/under at 41 1/2.
The big question for New York is will their star running back Saquon Barkley be available for this matchup or not? Barkley just returned to practice this past Monday but has been limited and even if he does play, he’s likely not going to be 100% or will be put on a touch count.
It’s also not the best time for Barkley to make his return anyhow since Denvers’ defense looks like they could be a powerhouse this season. The Broncos did a lot this offseason to improve their team, including the signing of a new quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater was named the starter last week over Drew Lock, which is no surprise since Bridgewater’s IQ and experience trumps Lock’s.
However, what Bridgewater lacks is a strong deep ball that Giants’ QB Daniel Jones has. Still, with various weapons in Courtland Sutton Jerry Jeudy, Noah Fant, KJ Hamler and Tim Patrick to throw to, Bridgewater is set up for success.
Jones may be facing trouble with Andrew Thomas, his left tackle, who was constantly stuffed against a pass rush duo that included Bradley Chubb, Von Miller, and Von Miller. Thomas will need to do more.
The final matchup is the coaching matchup. Joe Judge vs. Vic Fangio. Judge, who enters his second season with the Giants managed to turn New York’s 0-5 start to a 6-10 ending. Fangio went from a 7-9 record in his third season to 5-11. Judge should be comfortable now, but Fangio has a lot of pressure on him this season and could find himself on the hot seat if things don’t kick off on a good note.
Fangio made sure his starters played in all preseason matchups this year. He is a businessman, and you could clearly see it. But I’m going to take Miller Time over the Giants’ questionable offensive line and run game. The Broncos have yet to win a game in September under Fangio––that changes this week.
Free NFL Pick: Denver Broncos -3 (-106) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
Denver Broncos -3 (-106)
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