To open the 2021-2022 NFL season, the Denver Broncos head east to take on the New York Giants. The Broncos enter this year’s campaign with an abundance of talent at nearly every position on the field. Unfortunately, the biggest positional question mark also happens to be the most vital one: quarterback. After missing out on the Aaron Rodgers sweepstakes and passing up some intriguing rookies in the draft, the Broncos put their faith in Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock.
Denver fans will have to hope that their incredible depth and overall talent can overcome potential QB disparities. At least this week that shouldn’t be a problem as BetRivers sees the Broncos as 3 point favorites against Daniel Jones and the Giants.
Tried And True Formula
In fairness, the Broncos won a Super Bowl not that long ago with an outstanding defense and a game manager-type quarterback. Although that “game manager” was all-time great Peyton Manning on his last legs physically, the logic still checks out.
However, with this week’s opponent, none of that should matter. The Giants’ leaky offensive line takes on one of the premiere fronts in all of football. It’s also worth noting that the Giants haven’t covered a spread against 7 of their last 8 AFC opponents.
Bradley Chubb and Von Miller should live in the backfield, while the Broncos’ steller secondary feasts on the turnover-happy Daniel Jones’ mistakes. BetMGM set the O/U at 42.5 (-110) and that looks like a lock. The Giants themselves are no slouches on that side of the ball either, with their last seven consecutive games going under.
What could ruin the expected low-scoring affair is the Bronco’s impressive array of weapons like Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, and Noah Fant. That and the Broncos struggles on the road, who lost 4 of their last 5 dating back to last season. The Giants O/U of 19.5 (-120) offers another intriguing DraftKings prop.
Season Player Props
Even though the Broncos field so many playmakers, it will be no surprise if Noah Fant becomes Bridgewater’s number 1 security blanket. The speedy tight end should give the uneven Bridgewater a big target any time he finds himself in trouble. DraftKings set Fant’s season touchdown total at 4 (O -120 U -110), which seems really low. His yards total of 690.5 (-115) also might be worth a flier. Here are some other season player props from DraftKings:
- Courtland Sutton 5.5 Receiving Touchdowns (O -125 U -105) Receiving Yard 950.5 (O -130 U +100)
- Jerry Jeudy 4.5 Receiving Touchdowns (O -150 U +120) Receiving Yards 920.5 (-115)
We like the touchdown totals more than the yards thanks to Bridgewater’s inconsistency. However, the 17 game season and their extraordinary talents make the over a distinct possibility for Sutton and Jeudy.
On the other side, Bradley Chubb and Von Miller’s sack totals are also worthwhile bets. Chubb’s is set at 8.5 (O -120 U -110) while Miller’s at 9.5 (O -135 U +104).