Straight Outta Denver: Brandon Stokley on Depleted Giants

Tricia Pearson
October 16, 2017

Overlooking underdogs: The Broncos were also prohibitive favorites in Week 3 when they lost at Buffalo, so Von Miller said there's no chance they take the winless Giants lightly.

Assuming the Giants offense struggles, their defense will be on the field for much of the game. The Giants will play with a reconstructed corps of wideouts that includes Roger Lewis, Jr., Tavarres King, Travis Rudolph and Ed Eagan. He spread the ball around to six different receivers with tight end A.J. Derby, of all people, leading the pack with four catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. Because of his versatility, don't be surprised if he lines up more as a receiver. Regardless, Ellison has shown he can run very sharp routes and has been reliable when the ball has come his way. The Broncos will try to dictate the pace of the game and keep Manning off the field by utilizing CJ Anderson to punch holes in the Giants defense on the ground.

NY will be without their top four wide receivers (Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris were placed on Injured Reserve, and Sterling Shepard is out with an ankle injury), All-Pro defensive end Olivier Vernon, center Weston Richburg, who is their best offensive lineman, linebacker Jonathan Casillas, and starting running back Paul Perkins.

That's why protecting the ball is key to the Broncos' efforts. If the Broncos avoid pitfalls of their own making, they should have enough firepower on both sides of the football to soundly beat the battered Giants.

Giants CB Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple vs. Broncos WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Jones was serviceable last week against the Chargers. Hart has allowed 13 pressures, including two sacks, according to Pro Football Focus.

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"And that's what we do", linebacker Brandon Marshall said. Teams have also punished Big Blue on third downs, converting at better than 42 percent, including 12 of 34 when the situation is third-and-6 or more yards. The Giants use the 240-pound Engram in space, and he has the capability to cause mismatches, although he finished last week without a reception. The Broncos are 3-0 at home this season, while the Giants have not won a game yet. This is a golden opportunity for him to solidify his spot on this team.

Given the Giants' issues at wide receiver, quarterback Eli Manning will likely look Engram's way early and often on Sunday night. In his past two on the road, he has 654 yards, five TDs and two INTs.

One of those resources mentioned was rookie tight end Evan Engram, whose raw athletic ability has already produced results in his rookie season with the Giants.

Wayne Gallman and Orleans Darkwa should each get at least 15 carries each, though it wouldn't be surprising if the Giants went with the hot hand should one get going. The Giants have been working out receivers this week, but if they sign anyone it is hard to imagine them producing on an offense they haven't had time to learn.

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