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

Written By Ian St. Clair on 05/12/2021 - Last Updated on July 27, 2021
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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, the game is currently a pick ’em. This goes without saying, but odds are subject to change.

The Broncos being favored on the road with this current iteration is a bit shocking. And now that a move for Aaron Rodgers won’t happen, those betting on the Broncos know what they with this team is what they get entering training camp.

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 Broncos value spreadTime (MT)TVOpening DraftKings pointspread Game outcome
19/12/2022at Seattle Seahawks6:15 p.m. ABC/ESPNBroncos -4Seahawks 17-16
29/18/2022 Houston Texans 2:25 p.m.CBS
Broncos -10Broncos 16-9
39/25/2022 San Francisco 49ers6:20 p.m.NBC
Broncos -2.5TBD
410/2/2022 at Las Vegas Raiders 2:25 p.m. CBSPKTBD
510/6/2022 Indianapolis Colts6:15 p.m.Amazon PrimeBroncos -3TBD
610/17/2022 at L.A. Chargers 6:15 p.m. ESPNChargers -3TBD
710/23/2022 New York Jets2:05 p.m.CBS Broncos -7TBD
810/30/2022 vs. J'ville Jaguars (London) 7:30 a.m.ESPN PlusBroncos -6.5TBD
911/6/2022 Bye
10 11/13/2022 at Tennessee Titans 11 a.m.CBSPKTBD
11 11/20/2022Las Vegas Raiders2:05 p.m.FOXBroncos -3TBD
12 11/27/2022 at Carolina Panthers 11 a.m.FOXBroncos -4TBD
1312/4/2022 at Baltimore Ravens 11 a.m.CBSRavens -1.5TBD
1412/11/2022 Kansas City Chiefs 6:20 p.m.NBCPKTBD
15 12/18/2022 Arizona Cardinals 2:05 p.m. FOXBroncos -4TBD
1612/25/2022 at L.A. Rams 2:30 p.m CBS / NICKRams -3.5TBD
171/1/2023at Kansas City Chiefs 11 a.m.CBSChiefs -4.5TBD
181/7 or 1/8/2023 L.A. ChargersTBDTBDPKTBD


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