Denver Broncos lose embarrassing game to New York Giants

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 15: Kicker Brandon McManus
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 15: Kicker Brandon McManus /

The Denver Broncos did not come out ready to play against the New York Giants, and lost in embarrassing fashion as a result…

Brandon McManus staring up at his latest missed field goal in a state of shock, disappointment, and frustration is essentially a picture of every single Broncos fan right now, looking at this team after a stunning 23-10 loss against the previously winless New York Giants.

The Giants looked like a hapless roster, band of misfits, and dumpster fire of an organization, and they came into Denver showing a lot of heart, beating the Broncos and handing them their first home loss of the season.

Orleans Darkwa was the star for the Giants, along with their re-configured offensive line. He is the first running back to eclipse the 100-yard mark against the Broncos’ defense this season, and this breakdown in run defense couldn’t have come at a worse time for Denver, which couldn’t do anything offensively.

The right tackle position was again a huge issue, as Menelik Watson and Billy Turner combined to allow three sacks to Jason Pierre-Paul, who had just 1.5 sacks coming into the game on the season.

That position needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

The Broncos are also in trouble at the quarterback position. After two strong games to start the season from Trevor Siemian, he has seemingly regressed every week since then. The Broncos’ offense didn’t score a touchdown until garbage time in this game against the Giants, and it took about every ounce of effort this offense had just to get that one score.

I don’t know what the answers are at right tackle or quarterback, but the Broncos don’t seem to have them at the moment.

Injury News

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As is always the case, injuries suck.

The Broncos suffered some pretty significant looking ones in this game, losing Emmanuel Sanders to an ankle injury, and Isaiah McKenzie to a leg/ankle injury. Both players were carted off the field, and both injuries did not look good.

Add in the fact that Demaryius Thomas was playing hurt in this game, and you all of a sudden have a seriously concerning situation at receiver with Carlos Henderson already out for the season.

Initial X-Rays on Sanders and McKenzie were negative, but head coach Vance Joseph said they would have MRIs on Monday.

Final Word

It doesn’t seem like the Broncos can be much worse than they were in this game. The only thing that will make things worse from this point forward is the fact that the stakes are higher against better (record-wise) teams.

The Broncos play next week in Los Angeles against the Chargers.