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What channel is the Broncos and Giants game?

The Denver Broncos (0-0) will go on the road to face the New York Giants (0-0) in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season on Sunday, Sept. 12 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. MT and the game will air regionally on select Fox channels. Broncos WireHow to watch and stream the Broncos' game vs. Giants

Is Jerry Jeudy out for the season?

After a productive first half of football in 2021, Jerry Jeudy will be sidelined for a few weeks. An MRI showed the Denver Broncos wideout suffered a high ankle sprain during the third quarter of the season opener Sunday against the New York Giants, coach Vic Fangio said. USA TODAYDenver Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy suffers high ankle sprain; out minimum 4-6 weeks, per report

Is Saquon Barkley injured?

Saquon Barkley remains listed as limited due to his recovery from last year's ACL tear. He is expected to play on Thursday vs. Washington. The New York Giants will continue to monitor RB Saquon Barkley's workload early in the season as the star works back from an ACL injury he suffered a year ago. DraftKings NationSaquon Barkley injury: Giants RB limited in practice ahead of Thursday game vs. Washington Football Team

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Let’s review Giants vs. Broncos as only we can

Sterling Shepard — Shepard had a tremendous training camp, and followed that up with a terrific start to his season. He ended up with seven catches for 113 yards, including a 37-yard catch-and-run touchdown.

Logan Ryan — The veteran safety cam ready to play. He had 10 tackles, one for loss, and a quarterback hit. He also made this incredible play:

Andrew Thomas — The second-year left tackle was absolutely not part of the problem on Sunday. It may have helped that Denver edge rusher Bradley Chubb (ankle) did not play, but Thomas was solid. Let’s see if that continues with Chase Young and Montez Sweat coming up next.

Third- and fourth-down defense — Aside from the one brilliant play by Ryan, the Giants’ defense could not get off the field when it needed to. Denver converted 7 of 15 (46.7 percent) on third downs, including four on a third-quarter touchdown drive. More importantly, they went 3 of 3 on fourth-down opportunities, leading to 17 of their 27 points.

Nate Solder/Matt Peart — Might as well lump these two guys together. Yes, Solder and Peart were lined up against future Hall of Fame edge defender Von Miller, which isn’t easy. Still, neither Solder nor Peart were good at all on Sunday.

I can’t get over this rep

Defense as a whole — The Giants were a top 10 defense a year ago. Having added Adoree’ Jackson and Azeez Ojulari, and with a healthy Xavier McKinney, defense should be a backbone of this team. Not Sunday. The third- and fourth downs were an issue. The Giants have up 420 yards, including 165 rushing. The middle of the field was open too often, and Teddy Bridgewater and Pat Shurmur exploited it. Defensive players (Ojulari, Danny Shelton, Darnay Holmes) committed a trio of personal foul penalties. Adoree’ Jackson, playing despite barely practicing since injuring an ankle three weeks ago, appeared to have a predictably rough game.

The offense — It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for the Giants’ offense. Thirteen points, including a meaningless final play of the game touchdown run by Daniel Jones, is not going to cut it.

Saquon Barkley (10 carries, 26 yards) had no impact on the game. Devontae Booker (four carries, 7 yards) was even less productive. Kadarius Toney had -2 yards on two catches and played only 5 snaps. Daniel Jones fumbled for the 30th time in 28 career games, killing both a potential scoring drive and any real chance the Giants had of making a comeback. Jones foolishly took on a pair of Denver defenders rather than slide. Solder snd Peart were awful. Two of Kenny Golladay’s four catches came in the final five minutes with the game hopelessly out of reach.

“We’ve just got to do it,” said wide receiver Sterling Shepard. “I feel like we have it in us and we’re capable of it. We’ve just got to practice every week and we’ve got to push and keep getting better. I know we’re capable of it, everybody knows we’re capable of it. We’ve just got to put it together and do it.”

The Giants need to stop talking and start scoring.

Azeez Ojulari — The rookie second-round pick had the first quarterback sack of his career. He also missed his second when he failed to bring Bridgewater down in the backfield, leading to a third-down conversion and eventual points for Denver. Ojulari also committed a roughing the passer penalty.

Giants report card: How we graded Big Blue in Week 1 loss

Giants Wire 15 September, 2021 - 05:40am

The New York Giants lost to the Denver Broncos, 27-13, in what was one of the worst performances in the Joe Judge era.

It was a tough game all around for the Giants as they could not get anything going their way on any side of the ball. Whether it be untimely turnovers or broken coverages on third and fourth down, New York was clearly not on its game in Week 1.

This was a tough sight for many fans as there were high expectations coming into this game due to the big-spending by Dave Gettleman in the offseason.

Even with all these new weapons on both offense and defense, it was not enough to stay competitive with the Broncos.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what we saw during the game and how we graded the Giants in this loss.

Coming into the game there were high hopes for the Giants offense, which was welcoming back Saquon Barkley and had also added playmaking wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney.

However, after watching just one drive by the Giants, it was clear that they were back to their same old struggles.

As it has been for the last several years, the Giants’ offensive line was once again a turnstile. There was constant and continuous pressure on Daniel Jones as he was sacked twice and rarely ever had a clean pocket.

While this relieves some of the blame of the offensive failures on Jones, he was clearly still a major contributor to the Giants losing this game.

Jones often made very poor reads with the ball and threw multiple passes that should have been intercepted (not to mention his almost weekly untimely fumble that resulted in the Giants missing out on at least three points). And often when Jones made the correct decision the receiver ended up dropping the ball.

While Jones did end up with a modest stat line of 267 yards, one touchdown (a second one rushing) and a 90.7 passer rating, a good chunk of these stats came in garbage time where the Broncos were simply playing prevent defense.

The one highlight of the passing game was the stellar play of the Giants’ top two receivers.

Sterling Shepard ended up with seven receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. Shepard was electric on the field as he broke several tackles and fought hard for every extra yard.

His partner in crime, Kenny Golladay, was a ballhawk as he came down with a few high-difficulty contested catches as he ended the day with four receptions for 64 yards.

Unfortunately for the Giants, the rushing attack was worse than the passing attack. The Giants only totaled 60 yards on the ground against Denver and 27 of those yards came from Jones. Jones actually finished the day as the Giants leading rusher as Saquon Barkley only had 26 yards on 10 carries.

It was great for Barkley to be back and healthy again but he was not his explosive self in Week 1. However, that may be due to an almost nonexistent rushing push from the offensive line rather than Barkley not being an elite playmaker anymore.

Only time will tell if this offense can improve on its debut dud. But due to the problems being integral (poor offensive line and quarterback play), there should not be too much hope for Big Blue’s offense in 2021.

In 2020, the Giants’ defense was the one thing that would save the day for them in terms of staying in the game. Unfortunately, this was not the case on Sunday. The Giants were picked apart in all facets of the defense as the Broncos totaled 420 yards of offense.

165 of those yards came on the ground as the Giants missed several tackles and allowed the Broncos to control the game through their rushing attack. The front seven did not generate enough push to bottle up an average rushing attack that included Melvin Gordon III and rookie running back Javonte Williams.

Gordon was the main contributor in the rushing attack in East Rutherford as he racked up 101 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries. The touchdown being a 70-yard burst that silenced the crowd in MetLife stadium and stuck the dagger into the hearts of Giants’ fans.

Things were not much better for the Giants’ pass defense as they allowed Teddy Bridgewater to sit back and make the correct reads which he is known for doing. Bridgewater ended the day with 264 yards and two touchdowns while also posting a completion percentage of 78%.

This was due to a multitude of things but to start it off the Giants pass rush was almost non-existent. Even though they did get home twice with two sacks on the afternoon (both being coverage sacks), it was clear that Teddy had all day back there which allowed for the receivers to get open and him to deliver his trademark strikes.

The Giants’ secondary also did not help out as there were several blown coverages and missed tackles throughout the game.

There were some signs that this defense had the potential to be great but every time they were given the opportunity to show it they faltered. This showed in the fact that the Broncos converted on seven third downs and three fourth downs in the contest.

The special teams were the one part of this team that showed up to play on Sunday.

C.J. Board was an aggressive returner as he brought out two kicks for 66 yards. The punt return game was not as glorious as Jabrill Peppers only returned one punt for two yards.

Similar to the kick return team, the kickoff team did its job as Graham Gano sent both of his kickoffs into the endzone for touchbacks. However, like the punt return group, the punt coverage team did not play its best as they allowed two returns for 24 yards and missed an opportunity to pin the Broncos inside the 10-yard line.

Nevertheless, Riley Dixon did a great job overall flipping the field for New York as he averaged 54 yards per punt over his three attempts.

Finally, Gano made his one extra point attempt, which was expected.

The Giants coaching staff had arguably its worst outing during the Joe Judge tenure.

To start things off, Jason Garrett’s play-calling was once again terrible. To use one example, Garrett’s mind-boggling decisions on the first drive the Giants were within field goal range after an intelligent read by Daniel Jones.

Instead of capitalizing on this, Garrett decided to run a misdirection jet sweep to rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney on first down which loses six yards. Then he doubled down with an ill-advised running back draw to Devontae Booker which lost two more yards. That pushed the Giants out of field goal range preventing them from starting off the season with points.

This sequence essentially sums up the game’s worth of play-calling by Garrett as he almost always did the opposite of what the Giants needed. When it was clearly time to push the ball down the field Garrett elected to call short routes and runs. When the Giants were better off running the ball, Garrett would call unintelligent passes.

Things did not get much better on the defensive side of the ball as Patrick Graham allowed for an average offense, with a below-average quarterback, to pick apart his defense.

The Broncos led many methodical drives down the field resulting in them possessing the ball for 10 more minutes than the Giants. Graham did nothing to stop these drives as he sat the Giants in a soft zone that Teddy Bridgewater picked apart. He also did not draw up schemes that would garner pressure for the pass rush as Bridgewater had a relatively clean pocket throughout the game.

This was a rare down game for Graham as he normally makes the right decisions for the defense.

Finally, Joe Judge did not have a strong outing in his second season debut. He clearly did not ready his troops to play as the Giants came out dull and uninspired. Judge also made a terrible in-game decision to challenge a touchdown, all scoring plays are automatically reviewed, which made New York have to burn a timeout. This was a rookie mistake and Judge has been in the league for too long to justify this.

Overall, it was an extremely uninspiring coaching performance in Week 1 from Judge and his staff and one can only hope that they will up their game as they play divisional foe, Washington, on Thursday night.

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Denver Broncos at New York Giants: The No Bull Review

Mile High Report 15 September, 2021 - 05:40am

The attorney for the boyfriend of a missing 22-year-old woman has released a statement surrounding her disappearance.

Gabby Petito was reported missing over the weekend after her family lost contact with her August 30. She had been on a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, and the two had visited Utah not long before her family stopped hearing from her.

Steven Bertolino, a New York-based attorney and counsel for Laundrie’s family, shared the following statement with 2News Tuesday afternoon:

Petito, who is from New York, had been traveling with Laundrie in a white, 2012 Ford Transit, the Suffolk County Police Department said. CBS News reports Laundrie is back home in North Port, Florida, where the couple had been living before their trip began July 2.

Nichole Schmidt, Petito's mother, told reporters Monday her daughter "just wanted to have fun on a nice cross-country road trip." Petito had been chronicling parts of their trip on YouTube and social media, including stops in Utah.

The couple was reportedly in Salt Lake City at the end of August on the way to Wyoming. In a social media post, Petito's father said his daughter was on her way from Salt Lake to Yellowstone National Park.

The Suffolk County Police Department in New York said Petito was believed to have last been in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The couple's van was found in Florida, the North Port Police Department reported Monday.

Petito was described as 5 feet 5 inches and 110 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. Police said she has several tattoos, including one on her finger, and another on her forearm that read, “Let it be.”

Anyone with information about Petito’s whereabouts over the last two weeks has been asked to contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS, or by text message by texting SCPD and a message to CRIMES (274637).

‘I’m done with Daniel Jones!’ Ex-Jets head coach calls for Giants to dump quarterback 15 September, 2021 - 05:40am

Rex Ryan has never been one to mince words.

His latest rant came Monday on ESPN’s “Get Up!” when the former New York Jets head coach announced it was time for the New York Giants to move on from quarterback Daniel Jones.

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Jones and the Giants lost their season opener on Sunday, falling 27-13 to the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium. Yes, Jones threw for 267 yards and one touchdown. And yes, he ran for a four-yard touchdown. But Jones also had a game-changing red-zone fumble in the third quarter.

Jones doesn’t have much time to wallow in self-pity, because it’s a short week for the Giants, who visit the Washington Football Team Thursday at FedEx Field.

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Melvin Gordon bought into sharing Broncos carries with Javonte Williams, but that doesn’t mean the veteran has fallen off

The Denver Post 14 September, 2021 - 01:59pm

It’s only one game, but Melvin Gordon is showing he won’t be easily replaced.

It doesn’t appear the 28-year-old has lost anything after the Broncos brought in two new running backs this offseason. Gordon rushed for 101 yards in the Week 1 win over the Giants, including a 70-yard touchdown burst late that put the game on ice. It was the league’s longest carry of the week.

Yes, rookie Javonte Williams (45 rushing yards in his NFL debut) looks solid. But when Gordon dusted the Giants’ secondary en route to that long TD, the veteran put out notice he won’t simply be the rookie’s sidekick this year.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is seeing the same thing.

“(After) hitting that long run at the end of the game, I talked to Mel and I told him, ‘Man, I played with a great running back who would only get two yards here, three yards here, two yards here. And bang, he breaks one for 60,’ ” Bridgewater said. “I was like, ‘Yeah, that great running back was Adrian Peterson.’ ”

While “Flash” doesn’t have quite the resume of “All Day,” Gordon’s shown early this season that he hasn’t lost his fire — or ability — to be a lead back. With Gordon’s seven seasons in the league has come a maturity to emulate the patience and persistence of Peterson’s running that Bridgewater admires.

“(The patience) is something you still have to learn every week because it’s tough,” Gordon said. “You put in work and you want a big run early. The earlier the better, but you just have to stay with it, you know you just got to — and you know you can’t overdo it, can’t overthink, do too much, kind of just got to stay with the game plan, flow of the game. Like Teddy said, ‘jab, jab and then pow.’ There you go.”

As it pertains to Williams, Gordon has embraced the competition. Whereas Gordon admits he “got too caught up” in the 2020 running back battle with Phillip Lindsay (now with the Texans), Gordon seems to be more focused this year.

Last season, Gordon ran for 986 yards on 215 carries with nine touchdowns. But he didn’t crack the 100-yard mark in his final four games.

“(Our split carries) keeps us healthy, keeps us fresh,” Gordon said. “Going out there fresh, you never know where a big run will come from because we both can break one. We both have the speed, we both have the juice to be able to get the job done. So it’s going to keep us fresh, especially with this extra 17th game added this year.”

As coach Vic Fangio points out, the Broncos are incentivized to keep splitting reps between Gordon and Williams after seeing positive results in the preseason and against the Giants. Each tailback played 33 snaps in Week 1.

“It does keep them both fresh, but when you have two good backs like that, that also motivates (the coaches) to (share carries) even more,” Fangio said. “If there’s a big drop-off from one to the other, then you may not be motivated to do it as much, but we feel good about both guys.”

Even with the strong individual start, Gordon is far from satisfied. Just one day after dominating the Giants, he was quick to point out how five consecutive seasons without a trip to the playoffs is “not the Broncos’ identity. That’s not this culture.”

And for Gordon to change that culture, he has to stay focused on improving the intricacies of his game such as vision, blocking and receiving (he had three catches for 17 yards in the opener).

“I wasn’t as sharp and as clean as I wanted to be, but it’s the first game. It’s expected,” Gordon said. “When you aren’t sharp and you go out there and get a victory, that says a lot…. (Success this year) is really just about being consistent, coming out here and just kind of working on stuff that you feel you lack on. That’s what I try to do out there every practice — I try to work on something that I feel was a weakness or that I feel could bring me some success with the team on game day.”

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