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Winless Giants limp into meeting with Broncos
New York Giants at Denver Broncos
- The Giants blew a 22-17 fourth-quarter lead and lost, 27-22, to the Chargers at MetLife Stadium last Sunday, dropping to 0-5 for just the fifth time in franchise history. New York has blown a fourth-quarter lead in each of its last three setbacks.
- Denver beat Oakland, 16-10, at home in Week 4 before its bye last weekend. Dating to Week 17 in 2016, the Broncos have won four straight games at Sports Authority Field, outscoring their opponents by a combined 106-54 in those victories.
- These teams last met in 2013 with the Broncos walloping the Giants, 41-23, at MetLife Stadium. Denver has won three straight home games against New York by an average of 15.0 points per game (dating to 1992).
- Odell Beckham Jr. had five catches for 97 yards and a touchdown last weekend before breaking his left ankle in the fourth quarter. Brandon Marshall also injured an ankle last Sunday -- both he and Beckham are lost for the season.
- C.J. Anderson ran for 95 yards on 20 carries in Week 4, and enters this contest averaging 100.3 yards per game on the ground in his last four home games (dating to Week 7 last season). The Broncos are 10-0 all-time when Anderson has 20 or more rushes in a game (including the postseason).
- New York has allowed 24 or more points in each of its last four games -- tied for its longest such streak since doing so in six straight games in 2013. Denver is 51-7 since the beginning of 2012 when scoring 24+ points (the fourth-best record in the league during that span).
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DENVER -- The injury-ravaged New York Giants remain winless, and they suspended one of their top defensive players.
Still, the rested Denver Broncos, who are 3-1 and didn't play last week, have no intention of taking their Sunday night foe lightly.
"We know the Giants are 0-5," Broncos running back C.J. Anderson said. "But, we also know they have Pro Bowl players over there. If you don't show up in this business every week, you're going to get your butt kicked. Their goal is to come in here and get a 'W.' Our goal is also to win. Both teams have one thing in common."
It has been one tough week for the Giants, however. They lost three of their best wide receivers to season-ending injuries: Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle fracture), Dwayne Harris (foot fracture) and former Bronco Brandon Marshall (ankle ligament damage).
On Wednesday, cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie, apparently upset over his role with the team after being pulled from the Giants' 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday, abruptly left the practice facility, and coach Ben McAdoo suspended him.
Cornerback Eli Apple, who was benched for the first three series last week, is expected to return to the starting role assumed by Rodgers-Cromartie the week before.
The Giants filled out their depleted receiving corps by re-signing Tavarres King, who was with the team in training camp, and re-signing Darius Powe, also a late training camp cut, to their practice squad.
Roger Lewis finished last Sunday's game as the only healthy receiver on New York's roster. The Giants hope that wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who has missed practice time this week because of an ankle injury, will be able to go. He remains questionable, though.
"I think the good thing is most of them were here during training camp," Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. "Tavarres King has been with us the last couple of years and played for us in the regular season, caught some touchdowns. Roger Lewis played all last year, played this year.
"A few other guys have been here on the practice squad, so they know the system, they know the plays and the routes and concepts. So it's not brand new for them, and so they should be able to hop in there and play."
The bottom line for the Giants is that they have to persevere through all the injuries and tumult.
"We've got to keep working. That's all you can do," Manning said. "We've got a game to get ready for. We've got some new guys on offense who we've got to get up to speed. ... We've just got to go out there, compete our tails off and try to get a win."
As for the Broncos, they're approaching the Sunday contest focused on putting everything into their play while refusing to dwell on the possible impact of all the problems facing the Giants.
"I think Coach (Vance) Joseph had a good message right after we played (and lost to) the Bills," Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian said. "There's no upsets. There's no favorites in the NFL because anything can happen every week. You see plenty of evidence of that every Sunday.
"The Giants are coming in here with a chip on their shoulder. It's going to be a great challenge for us. They have a bunch of great players. They have a Hall of Fame quarterback. They have a great team. We have to be ready to play."
New York's depleted receiver corps will leave the Giants at a disadvantage against the Denver defense, which leads the league in yards allowed per game (260.8).
"They are a good defense. They have good players," Manning said. "They have a good scheme, so we have to have great preparation. We can't make it easy for them, so we have to go out and execute.
"We have to be able to get first downs, don't make the mistakes and see where we can get some of our best matchups and go make some plays."
The Broncos certainly will have the advantage from a team-wide health perspective after being idle last week. Wide receiver Cody Latimer missed practice time with a knee injury and is questionable.
Meanwhile, the Giants' injuries go beyond their receiver corps. Center Weston Richburg is in the league-mandated concussion protocol and must be cleared medically before rejoining team workouts.
Running back Paul Perkins (ribs), safety Landon Collins (ankle) and linebacker Jonathan Casillas (neck) all missed practice time this week and remain questionable for the Sunday game.
Updated October 12, 2017