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New York Giants vs. Denver Broncos Free Pick 9/15/13

Denver Broncos (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1)

NFL Football: Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm (MetLife Stadium)

The Line: New York Giants 3.5 -- Over/Under: 55.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Denver Broncos take their record-setting offense to the Meadowlands to face the New York Giants in the 2013 version of the “Manning Bowl.” The Broncos are coming off a statement victory over the Ravens, while the Giants lost a heartbreaker on the road in Dallas.

If there was ever any question of Peyton Manning’s remarkable rebound season a year ago being a fluke, it was squashed in a heartbeat on Thursday night in Denver as the four time MVP went off for 452 yards passing and 7 touchdowns in what was one of the best offensive performances in recent memory.  While the Ravens’ defense has undergone a makeover and lost two huge pieces in Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, they are still a strong unit that gave up almost half of their 15 conceded touchdown passes from a year ago in one contest to start 2013, as Manning just shredded the Ravens apart from start to finish. Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker, and tight end Julius Thomas all enjoyed spectacular outings on the receiving end and while the ground attack remains to be seen, there are a number of viable options to be had. Defensively, the Broncos have some spots to fill with Elvis Dumervil leaving and Von Miller suspended, but they played very well against the Ravens and shut them down completely, which they’ll have to replicate against a strong Giants offense.

New York Giants vs. Denver Broncos Free Pick 9/15/13

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New York returns home for the team’s first game at MetLife this season and while Eli Manning and the offense woke up in the second half against the Cowboys, it was too little too late, as they fell to their archrivals for the first time since the new stadium in Dallas was erected. Manning joined his brother as the only two quarterbacks to throw for over 450 yards in week one and much like the Broncos offense, there were a number of mouths that were fed as Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, and Reuben Randle all notched 100 yard receiving games, with Cruz being the benefactor of three scores through the air. However, it was déjà vu all over again for the Giants ground attack, as sophomore running back David Wilson fumbled another two balls that proved costly, ultimately leading to his benching and his role going forward with the team. This is going to be a great game between two of the league’s premiere offenses and the Giants faithful should be nice and loud in an effort to disrupt Peyton and the Broncos passing attack. However, I think the difference in this game will be the Broncos defense as I think they have the upper hand on the Giants in that category and while Eli may have an extra Super Bowl ring, there is no denying that the better Manning will be wearing orange. Taking the Broncos to cover, plus the over.

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Denver Broncos -3.5

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