Someone forgot to tell the Giants that Thursday night’s game was supposed to be the most competitive of the day.
The Broncos dismantled New York 26-6 in a contest that was never close.
Denver’s offensive line gave Kyle Orton great protection; he threw for 245 yards on 28 attempts and his ankle injury wasn’t a problem. Two of Brandon Marshall’s six catches were highlight reel worthy and he gained 86 yards.
Rookie running back Knowshon Moreno ran very well for the third straight game and he didn’t fumble on the goal line this time. (Or get yelled at by Marshall.)
The Giants were the ones self destructing. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora appeared to chew out the offense, an incident sure to get attention in New York this week. Brandon Jacobs rushed for only 27 yards on 11 carries as New York’s line failed to push Denver around.
Big Blue is now two games behind Dallas in the NFC East. The Giants probably need to beat the Cowboys and Eagles in back-to-back weeks for a good chance to make the playoffs.
The Broncos, on the other hand, are in good position in the crowded AFC playoff picture. They have seven wins in the bank, with three games left against the Chiefs and Raiders. Ten wins would give them a great chance at the playoffs.