It would be extremely easy for the Denver Broncos to overlook their Week 6 opponent, the New York Giants.
Going into the 2017 season, the Broncos likely circled their matchup with the Giants as a game that would be an excellent measuring stick for them in their first year under head coach Vance Joseph. As it turns out, New York will enter the game in complete disarray with an 0-5 record and perhaps the most depleted receiving corps in the league.
The Giants have arguably the league’s worst offensive line; they lost their top four wide receivers (Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris) to injury in Week 5 (Beckham and Harris for the season); quarterback Eli Manning is starting to show signs of aging; and head coach Ben McAdoo appears to have lost control of his team. Despite all of this, Joseph and the Broncos aren’t taking the Giants lightly.
“Again, it’s the NFL. It’s a good football team,” Joseph said on Monday. “It’s a playoff football team from last season. It’s a Hall-of-Fame-type of quarterback. Defensively, they have three corners [Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie]. They have two rushers [Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul]. Trap game? I don’t see it that way. Our team won’t see it that way. Buffalo, they played a better football game than we did [in Week 3]. That’s what happened there. If you watched that Buffalo game, there was a lot of good that we did in that game. We just didn’t win that game. So that wasn’t a trap game at all. This won’t be on Sunday.”
Joseph’s reference to the Buffalo Bills is directly tied to many people viewing the Bills as a “trap game” for Denver with Oakland on deck in Week 4. Even if the Broncos truly didn’t overlook the Bills as they claim, it’s safe to say the Broncos learned their lesson about taking any NFL opponent for granted.