Kent Tukeli | Sun 15/10/2017 - 14:04 EDT

NFL Sunday Night Predictions Week 6

NFL Sunday Night Predictions Week 6

New York Giants at Denver Broncos NFL Picks

Denver and New York were dark horse contenders prior to the start of the season. These teams have travelled divergent paths since, with the Giants sinking to the bottom of the AFC and the Broncos challenging the NFL-leading Chiefs for top spot in the AFC West.

While the Giants offense collapsed through injury and incompetence, the Denver Broncos have performed unexpectedly well under the guidance of Trevor Siemian. Denver’s defense is great enough to carry an average NFL offense to Super Bowl glory, which is exactly what Trevor provides to the Broncos.

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Despite a 13-point spread on Sunday night, Broncos coach Vance Joseph will not tolerate his players taking it easy against the struggling Giants. After a bye week, the Broncos should be rested and ready to gallop into the rest of the season, beginning with a teardown of the diminished Giants.

This season certainly has its surprises, but the Giants winning their first game against Denver won’t be the next NFL miracle in 2017. Denver should be able to beat the tar out of New York, avoiding the type of letdown they experienced in Buffalo. Bet on Denver beating the spread, and expect the over wager to win on a conservative total of 38 points.

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New York Giants at Denver Broncos Preview

John Lennon famously sang, “life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” When coach Bob McAdoo publicly criticized pivot Eli Manning, little did he realize that he was struggling against a no-win scenario. Sometimes, events beyond human control destroy any opportunity to perform at a high level in professional sports. Losing nearly every member of the receiving corps makes it nearly impossible for most teams to conduct an NFL offense.

In truth, the Giants offense was a train wreck before the season started, beginning with an injury to Odell Beckham, who mangled his ankle in preseason. Eli Manning’s been out of rhythm, unable to get a crucial snap in time during the waning minutes against the Lions. Since then, Beckham and Brandon Marshall were sidelined with injuries – Odell for the rest of the season. Dwayne Harris, Keeon Johnson, Kevin Norwood and Sterling Shepard will also miss tonight’s game. Even Eli has a neck issue, similar to brother Payton.

The Giants offensive line has also underperformed, and Broncos Super Bowl MVP Von Miller will be licking his lips at the opportunity to launch himself at an under-protected QB. New York has scored only 16.4 PPG this season, fourth worst in the NFL. There’s a chance that they’ll struggle to break 14 points against one of the best defenses in the league. At least the Giants will get to feature rookie Evan Engram in more action, learning more about the potential of their prized prospect.

Denver’s managed to turn around their offense this year, earning 24.5 PPG, placing them near the top third of NFL attacks. Siemian has improved, but the steady rushing contributions of C.J. Anderson would be the main reason the Broncos look great this year. C.J. has averaged 82.5 yards per game, while his understudy Jamaal Charles chips in 43.8 yards per game, creating a balanced offense on most nights. Since the Giants will likely experience quite a few three-and-outs, their defense will be run ragged due to lack of possession. 

This should create plenty of scoring for Denver, helping the Broncos beat the spread and push total points above 38 for the evening.

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NFL Sunday Night Football Schedule

Favorites have beaten the spread every week for Sunday night football, with the exception of the Raiders losing big to Washington at FedEx Field. Oakland started well, but started to decline with their loss to the Redskins.

This year, plenty of scoring is another trend for Sunday night NFL football. The over bet was the winner for three of five games, with the under winning in week one and week three, which coincided with terrible Giants and Raiders performances.

Date Matchups Picks
Sep. 10 Giants at  Cowboys Giants +170, +4.5 (-115), Under 45.5
Sep. 17 Packers at Falcons Falcons -140, -3 (-105), Over 56.5
Sep. 24 Raiders at  Redskins Raiders -3.5 (-105), -170, Over 55 (-110)
Oct. 1 Colts at Seahawks - -
Oct. 8 Chiefs at Texans Chiefs -2 (-110), -140, Over 45 (-105)
Oct. 15 Giants at Broncos Broncos -13 (-110), -700, Over 38 (-110)
Oct. 22 Falcons at  Patriots - -
Oct. 29 Steelers at Lions - -
Nov. 5 Raiders at Dolphins - -
Nov. 12 Patriots at Broncos - -
Nov. 19 Eagles at Cowboys - -
Nov. 23 Giants at Redskins - -
Nov. 26 Packers at Steelers - -
Dec. 3 Eagles at Seahawks - -
Dec. 10 Ravens at Steelers - -
Dec. 17 Cowboys at Raiders - -
Dec. 23 Vikings at Packers - -

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