Week 2 of the NFL regular season has a fascinating matchup between two strong teams both expected to reach the post season and two brothers who have won three Super Bowl titles between – two for Eli and one for Peyton.
On Sunday, the Denver Broncos visit the New York Giants, with Peyton Manning leading the way for Denver and brother Eli for the Giants.
Not only does the game have intriguing story lines between the Manning brothers, but odds that are not often seen. The Giants are the underdogs and it’s the first time in 2 full seasons the Giants are a home ‘dog.
Denver opened the NFL season on Thursday Night Football with a convincing 49-27 thrashing of Baltimore to give the Broncos a 1-0 SU and ATS record. Denver has had three extra days to prepare for this matchup with New York.
The Giants on the other hand literally fumbled and intercepted their game away to Dallas on Sunday night 36-31. The Giants are 0-1 SU and ATS and turned the ball over six times in their loss to Dallas.
Peyton is 2-0 SU in the two games he has played against his brother, but both were played when Peyton was an Indianapolis Colt in 2006 and 2010.
The latest line on sportsbook.com has Denver as a 4.5-point favored, while on topbet the over under points total was last at 55.5 points.
The line is at 4.5 put has touched as high as 5.5, but is sitting comfortably on 4.5. The point total has hovered between 55 and 55.5 the entire week.
Over the past 12 games in the regular season, the Broncos have a record of 10-2 ATS, while during the same stretch of games, the Giants are 5-7 ATS.
The Giants are 6-5 SU in the 11 head-to-head encounters with Denver.
The last meeting between the two was in 2009 with Denver taking the win 26-6 at Denver.
Offensively the Broncos are often time unstoppable unless they shoot themselves in the foot. Last week, Peyton Manning had seven passes for touchdowns. One big difference this season is the presence of Wes Welker who was signed as a free agent. He caught two of Manning’s seven touchdowns.
New York will look to control Denver but knows better than trying to stop them completely. Against Dallas, the defense allowed only 331 yards. Dallas had two of its four touchdowns on returns, so the defense for New York was adequate.
Offensively the fumbles by David Wilson and three interceptions did the Giants in. No turnovers and they may have a chance, turn the ball over against Denver and you lose, it is as simple as that.
Prediction: Broncos 38 Giants 31