Sportsbooks Peg The Broncos As The Favorite For Season Opener With The Giants

Posted By Ian St. Clair on May 12, 2021 - Last Updated on May 13, 2021

To break up the Aaron Rodgers watch, the Denver Broncos schedule gets released today.

And we already know that the Broncos will open the 2021-22 NFL season on the road when they play the New York Giants. It’s only the second time since 2011 that the Broncos will open on the road. The most recent was in 2019 when Denver played the Oakland Raiders.

Not to miss a beat, some of the sportsbooks have already released Week One odds. At both DraftKings and BetMGM, in somewhat of a surprise, the Broncos have opened as the early favorite at -1.5. William Hill and FanDuel have Denver as the +1 spread favorite. While at SportsBetting.com, the game is currently a pick ’em.

The Broncos being favored on the road with this current iteration is a bit shocking. Is the sportsbook planning ahead for Denver to make a move for Rodgers? If a move does happen, look for the Broncos to become a bigger favorite than they are now.

For now, those betting on the Broncos can hope for a move to happen by early June, but can’t do much more than that.

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Broncos in the Eastern Time Zone

Those who follow Denver know it struggles in games played on the East Coast. Andrew Mason with DNVR has the Broncos’ record in the Eastern Time Zone:

  • 38-45 in the last 25 seasons
  • 16-19 in the last 10 seasons
  • 8-10 in the last 5 seasons

As Mase points out, in the last five years, the Broncos have a better record in the East Coast than other road games (5-17). And Denver was actually 3-2 in the Eastern Time Zone last year. So keep that in your back pocket if you’re planing some NFL betting in Colorado on the season opener.

If the current quarterbacks on the Broncos roster line up under center for that Week One game at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.

In terms of storylines, there are plenty for this game.

As Art Stapleton pointed out on Twitter, 20 years ago on the night before 9/11, the Giants were in Denver for Monday Night Football. Now, the Giants host Denver the day after the 20-year anniversary of 9/11.

There’s also the added intrigue of current Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shumur facing the team he was the head coach of for two seasons.

Denver’s 2021 schedule

Here is Denver’s 2021 schedule:

Week Date Opponent Time (MT)TVOdds
19/12/2021at New York Giants2:25 p.m. Fox Point spread: Broncos -1.5 (-105)
Over/under: 42.5
Moneyline: Broncos -117
29/19/2021 at Jacksonville Jaguars 11 a.m. CBS
39/26/2021 vs New York Jets 2:05 p.m. CBS
410/3/2021 vs Baltimore Ravens 2:25 p.m. CBS
510/10/2021 at Pittsburgh Steelers 11 a.m. Fox
610/17/2021 vs Las Vegas Raiders 2:25 p.m. CBS
710/21/2021 at Cleveland Browns (TNF) 6:20 p.m. Fox/NFL Network/Amazon
810/31/2021 vs Washington Football Team 2:25 p.m. Fox
911/7/2021 at Dallas Cowboys 11 a.m. Fox
10 11/14/2021 vs Philadelphia Eagles 2:25 p.m. CBS
11 11/21/2021Bye
12 11/28/2021 vs Los Angeles Chargers 2:05 p.m. CBS
1312/5/2021 at Kansas City Chiefs 11 a.m. CBS
1412/12/2021 vs Detroit Lions 2:05 p.m. Fox
15 12/19/2021 vs Cincinnati Bengals 2:05 p.m. CBS
1612/26/2021 at Las Vegas Raiders 2:25 p.m CBS
171/2/2022 at Los Angeles Chargers 2:05 p.m. CBS
181/9/2022 vs Kansas City Chiefs 2:25 p.m. CBS

 

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