Denver Broncos fans are cautiously optimistic after the Broncos went into MetLife Stadium in New York and beat the Giants on Sunday. While Denver’s defense played how everyone expected them to play holding the Giants to a single touchdown until the final seconds ticked-off for the game.
Teddy Bridgewater led Denver’s defense with 264 yards passing on 36 attempts and two touchdowns. Those touchdowns (TD) came from connections with wide receiver (WR) Tim Patrick, and tight end (TE) Albert Okwuegbunam. Denver’s third TD came late in the game when running back (RB) Melvin Gordon burst through Denver’s offensive line blocks untouched and trotted 70 yards down the field, boosting his final rushing yard total to a 101 yards, giving him the number four spot for most yards among NFL backs in week one.
The final score 27-13 reflects a shift in scoring for the Broncos as they scored seven more points than their 2019-2020 season average of 20 points per game. Denver’s win over the Giants is a step in the right direction however, Broncos fans are cautiously optimistic about the win, despite Teddy Bridgewater’s efficiency on Sunday.
One reason might be that the Giants haven’t been much of a threat in the NFL for sometime, or that they too have had low scoring averages over the past several years. Whatever cautions fans might have, they should be thankful that NFL scheduling gave them three potentially winnable games out the gate.
Next week the Broncos will face rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Lawrence suffered his first loss as a pro last week in Jacksonville’s defeat at the hands of the Houston Texans 37-21. Next week’s game is scheduled for 11 p.m. MST at EverBank Field in Jacksonville.
The following week (September 26), the Broncos will return home for their home opener against the New York Jets, who lost in week one to the Carolina Panthers 19-14.
While Denver’s win was a huge plus for an organization that has struggled in the month of September over the past several years, the Broncos have to contend with a division full of teams who also won their respective week one games. The NFC West and the AFC West are the only two divisions where all the teams won their games in week one.
In other sports the Colorado Rockies lost game three of a four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, but came back on Sunday to take game four, winning three of four games against the Phillies.
This week the Rockies have a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves after splitting a four-game series with them back at the beginning of September.
The Colorado Rapids faced the L.A. Galaxy on the anniversary of 9/11. While the Rapids outshot the Galaxy 16-8, they also had 15 fouls to L.A.’s 5. The Rapids fell a spot as a result of their tie with L.A. from number 2 in the Western Conference to number 3, one point behind Sporting KC, and 3 points behind the Seattle Sounders. The Rapids will be in Portland this week to face the Portland Timbers who are currently in the number five spot in the Western Conference.
The Denver Nuggets are just weeks away from the start of their preseason and with only five games on the schedule fans will get to cheer on their team at then preseason home opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 8 at 7 p.m. Game one of the regular season kicks off on the road against the Phoenix Suns on October 20th at 8 p.m.