Broncos Hope To Finally Storm Out Of The Gate In Season Opener

Written By Ian St. Clair on 09/06/2021 - Last Updated on September 8, 2021
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Let the Teddy Bridgewater era commence.

And now yet another quarterback is added to the blasted carousel that the TV broadcasts use. We’re now at 11 different starting QBs since Peyton Manning retired after the Super Bowl 50 win, in case you were interested.

The first step for Bridgewater and the Broncos is to get a win in September.

That hasn’t happened the last two years, so a win over the New York Giants on Sunday at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey is a great start for Bridgewater.

Broncos at Giants odds


Denver remains a slight -point favorite over the Giants for Sunday’s game. That’s been the case since the Broncos betting odds were released in May. There have been some slight fluctuations in the line, but Denver has held steady as the favorite.

Some of the other betting markets for Sunday’s game you should keep an eye on.

The over/under is currently at . There’s no doubt the Broncos have the potential to score points this season, but there’s still that question at quarterback. And Denver’s defense could turn into one of the best in the NFL.

In terms of the Giants, Saquon Barkley is listed as questionable, though it appears he’s on the verge of hitting his goal of playing. If for some reason the running back doesn’t play on Sunday, that could impact the NFL betting strategy for this game, especially the over/under.

If you think Daniel Jones and New York will pull the upset, there’s the spread and moneyline of you could put wagers on, too.

The online Colorado sportsbooks will also offer game props, such as touchdown scorers (first, last and anytime scorer), first scoring play, first scoring play for away and home, team to have the first goal, and alternate spreads. You should browse multiple books for the best market and see what your gut tells you.

How the Broncos get the win

Bridgewater and Denver need a fast start.

If the Broncos get the ball first to open the game, they need to march down the field and get a touchdown. If the defense starts first, at the very least get a three-and-out and get the ball back to the offense and it then drives down the field to get a touchdown.

However Bridgewater, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and the offense get that first touchdown, doesn’t matter. It could be a deep pass play to either Jerry Jeudy or Courtland Sutton or a 10-play drive that eats up the clock, just get the first TD of the game. In terms of the NFL betting markets from earlier, the first-scoring prop is always fun.

As noted earlier, Denver’s defense can be really, really good. If the Broncos are able to play with the lead, that sets the unit up for greater success. The pass rush of Von Miller and Bradley Chubb can test the Giants offensive line and pressure Jones. The secondary for the Broncos can then make plays on the ball.

Special teams crucial to Denver’s success

The best way to make that happen is a fast start.

Yes, the Broncos struggle on the East Coast. That’s no secret. However, what should help is that Sunday’s game is an afternoon kickoff. That’s more inline with the normal routine Denver will have for this season. That may seem small, but from a preparation standpoint over the course of the week it can really help.

The other key for the Broncos is special teams.

This crucial aspect of winning football has hurt Denver more than helped the last few seasons. That needs to change on Sunday and this season. Special teams can’t afford to put the defense or offense in bad situations. As the last few seasons have shown, that’s a not a recipe for success. If the Broncos are a true playoff contender, that has to get fixed this season.

The Bridgewater era is about to begin in the orange and blue.

Can the latest addition to the Broncos’ QB carousel get started with a win?

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Ian is an award-winning sports journalist and a University of Northern Colorado graduate. He’s a Colorado native and has over a decade of experience covering college and professional athletics. He broke into the gambling industry right as Colorado launched legal sports betting in 2020. Ian now manages the sites for some of the biggest gambling markets in North America and is an analyst for PlayColorado.

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