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Instant Analysis: Giants defeat Broncos, 23-10

Posted Oct 15, 2017

Giants.com brings you an instant postgame recap of the Giants' win over the Broncos: 


AT A GLANCE

The Giants, for the first time this season, showed why many people had high expectations for this team in defeating the Broncos, 23-10, at Mile High on Sunday night. Big Blue led for nearly 53 minutes in its first win since New Year’s Day.

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UP NEXT

In their final game before the bye week, the Giants host the 3-2 Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Seattle, like Denver did, enters the game coming off its break. The Giants lead the all-time series, 9-8, but have lost the previous three meetings, most recently in 2014 at Seattle.

WHAT WE LEARNED ON OFFENSE


*Against the No. 1 defense in yards, offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan took over play-calling duties for the Giants on Sunday night. On their first possession, Eli Manning led the offense on a 13-play, 69-yard scoring drive that led to a field goal. The seven-minute march resulted in the Giants’ first opening-possession points of the season.  

*Center Weston Richburg missed his second consecutive game with a concussion. From left to right, the starting offensive line consisted of Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Brett Jones, D.J. Fluker, and Justin Pugh.

*Running back Orleans Darkwa broke a 47-yard run early in the second quarter, the Giants’ longest since Andre Williams had a 50-yard touchdown carry in 2014 at Tennessee. Three plays later, Manning threw a five-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Evan Engram for a 10-0 lead. Darkwa, for the second week in a row, set a personal best with 117 yards and did so this time against the No. 1 rushing defense in the league (the Broncos were giving up just 50.8 yards per game). Last week, he had 69 against the Chargers.

*Losing four wide receivers last week (three for the season), the Giants needed someone to step up in the passing game. Engram, the team’s first-round draft choice, obliged and led the way with five receptions for 82 yards and the touchdown.

*Manning, who went 11 of 19 for 128 yards and a touchdown, played in his 207th regular-season game as a Giant, tying Howard Cross for the second-most in franchise history. Hall of Famer Michael Strahan leads with 216 games played.

WHAT WE LEARNED ON DEFENSE


*With cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie suspended by the team, Eli Apple started outside for the Giants and had a team-high three passes defensed. Donte Deayon, who was called up from the practice squad this week to fill the roster opening, saw his first NFL action on Sunday night.

*Safety Landon Collins, who was listed as questionable for Sunday with an ankle injury, grabbed his first interception of the season, the defense’s second overall. Collins didn’t have an interception until Week 7 last year and went on to pick up first-team All-Pro honors.

*Cornerback Janoris Jenkins notched the second interception off Trevor Siemian             late in the second quarter, returning it 43 yards for a touchdown and a 17-3 halftime lead. Jenkins also forced a fumble, which Apple recovered.

*Despite playing without his counterpart Olivier Vernon, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul notched three sacks, tying his career-high that he set last year in Week 12 at Cleveland.

*The Broncos entered Week 6 averaging 143.0 rushing yards per game. The Giants held them to 30 yards on the ground in the first half and 46 total.


WHAT WE LEARNED ON SPECIAL TEAMS

*Kicker Aldrick Rosas made three of four attempts at Mile High, including a career-long 51-yarder that put the Giants ahead by three possessions midway through the third quarter. The miss was a 49-yard try late in the third quarter after a Broncos defender got a hand on it. Meanwhile, the Giants benefitted from two missed field goals by Broncos kicker Brandon McManus, who spent the 2014 offseason with the Giants.

*Ed Eagan, who was promoted from the practice squad in the wake of the injuries at wide receiver, handled punt returns as expected and had a long of 20 yards. Darkwa and Shane Vereen were back to return kickoffs.

INACTIVES

NYG: LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), DE Romeo Okwara (knee), RB Paul Perkins (ribs), C Weston Richburg (concussion), WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), QB Davis Webb

DEN: QB Paxton Lynch (right shoulder), WR Cody Latimer (knee), RB De'Angelo Henderson RB; CB Lorenzo Doss, OT Donald Stephenson, NT Kyle Peko, DE Zach Kerr

LINEUP CHANGES

Darkwa for Perkins at RB; Jones for Richburg at C; Fluker for Jerry at RG; Jerry for Pugh at LG; Pugh for Hart at RT; Wynn for Vernon at RDE; Robinson for Casillas at WLB

INJURY REPORT

NYG: LB Calvin Munson (quad)

DEN: QB Trevor Siemian (left shoulder, returned), OT Menelik Watson (calf), WR Demaryius Thomas (lower leg, returned), WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle)

GAME CAPTAINS

TE Rhett Ellison, LB Devon Kennard, OL Brett Jones (QB Eli Manning, LB Jonathan Casillas, and LS Zak DeOssie are season captains)