Giants beat Broncos, Jets fall to Pats
Sunday night’s matchup between the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos in Colorado was expected to be a blowout. It lived up to the expectations, but not in the way most people expected. The Giants would claim their first win of the season in Week 6 against a strong Broncos team.
The Broncos came into this game fresh off a bye week, looking to be in Super Bowl form with no major injuries on either side of the ball. Many argued that they could be the best defense in the league, led by their vaunted “No Fly Zone” secondary, Von Miller. The Giants came into this game with the aforementioned weak offensive line and no legitimate wide receivers to speak of, along with a defense devoid of one of its best players, Olivier Vernon.
They would also be without cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who was suspended after reportedly storming out of a team meeting. Needless to say, this Giants squad was understood to be thoroughly outmatched. However, Ben McAdoo, head coach of the Giants, made decisions that would ultimately lead to the team pulling off a convincing 23-10 win over the Broncos. One of those decisions was to move the team’s best linemen, Justin Pugh, from his original position of guard to a new spot at tackle. This changed everything as the Giants’ offensive line woes suddenly evaporated like water in the Colorado Desert, and allowed them to run Orleans Darkwa right down Denver’s throat. The Broncos’ front seven seemed powerless.
Rookie tight end Evan Engram had a breakout game, and finished with 128 yards and a touchdown. Whereas some fans will point to the offensive play calling as what won this game, most fans will say they won it the way the Giants win everything: unrelenting defense. Landon Collins reminded everyone that he was a defensive player of the year candidate and Janoris Jenkins showed why he is still one of the best corners in the league. The Giants won with hardnosed defense and a grinding run game that no one was prepared to see. This win should serve to remind us that the G-Men perform best when the odds are against them.
The Jets lost to Patriots 24-17, but many fans and pundits believe they lost to the rulebook. The Jets did everything they were supposed to do to win this game. However, the referees robbed Austin Seferian-Jenkins of a perfectly good game-winning touchdown with an unprecedented, controversial call. Many believe the outcome of this game was hijacked by officials, who fans thought seemed to be looking for a way to get the Patriots a win. The Jets could and should have won this game, but costly mistakes before halftime and the controver sial call left the team at 3-3.