With Big Blue bum­bling, put your bucks on Broncs

New York Post - - SPORTS - The pick: Bron­cos -11¹/₂. dble­zow@ny­ Dave Ble­zow

HE dec­i­ma­tion of the Gi­ants re­ceiv­ing corps in last Sun­day’s game against the Charg­ers was cruel and un­usual pun­ish­ment. To lose three play­ers — Odell Beck­ham Jr., Bran­don Marshall and Dwayne Har­ris — at one po­si­tion for the sea­son in a sin­gle day is just stun­ning.

But as tough as it will be for the Gi­ants to move on with­out any of Eli Man­ning’s fa­mil­iar tar­gets ( Ster­ling Shep­ard may miss Sun­day ni g ht ’ s game in Den­ver, as well), that’s not their big­gest prob­lem. Lead­er­ship is.

Would love to know what GM Jerry Reese thinks of his 0-5 team, but he plays Sphinx un­til the bye week. No ex­cep­tions.

And coach Ben McA­doo ap­pears to have lost con­trol of the team. It started with him throw­ing Man­ning un­der the Big Blue bus for a de­lay-of-game penalty but in­dulging OBJ’s dog-pee cel­e­bra­tion. So it’s no sur­prise now that Eli Ap­ple is point­ing to the Gi­ants’ “whole cul­ture” while Janoris Jenk­ins is ex­it­ing the field be­fore the end of the game and Do­minique Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie is get­ting sus­pended.

It’s been a screwy sea­son in the NFL, with all kinds of shock­ing re­sults. But it seems im­prob­a­ble the Gi­ants can stay within two touch­downs. Don’t think the Bron­cos will take them lightly, not af­ter a bye week and an ear­lier loss at Buf­falo. More likely, Den­ver will be smelling blood.

JETS (+ 9) over Pa­tri­ots: Since the But­t­fum­ble, the Jets are 2-2 at home vs. the Pa­tri­ots, win­ning by six and three and los­ing by five and one. And this sea­son, New Eng­land has had just one re­sult that would cover this num­ber. The Jets’ 3-2 record may be a lit­tle bit of fake news, but they might be able to hang with the Pa­tri­ots on grit and ef­fort.

Browns (+ 10) over TEX­ANS: Kevin Ho­gan, who went 16- of19 against the Jets and led two touch­down drives, re­places DeShone Kizer at QB for the Browns. Will­ing to take this hefty head start against a Tex­ans D that just lost J.J. Watt and Whit­ney Mer­cilus.

FAL­CONS (-- 1 3) over Dol­phins: Mi­ami has scored 16 of­fen­sive points to­tal in the past three weeks, likely will be with­out WR DeVante Parker, and had to deal with a drug-snort­ing as­sis­tant coach this week. Fal­cons are rested off a bye and lost their last game.

Lions (+4 ¹ /₂ )) over SAINTS: Nice price on the Lions, who are 3-2 but not far away from 5-0. Drew Brees lost his long­time right tackle Zach Strief be­fore the bye.

Pack­ers (-3) over VIK­INGS: Re­gard­less of whether it’s Sam Brad­ford or Case Keenum at quar­ter­back, the Vik­ings’ of­fense is lim­ited now with­out Dalvin Cook. There’s nono point in wor­ry­ing about out the Pack’s in­jury list iff Aaron Rodgers isn’t on it..

RAVE NS (-6¹/₂₂)) over Bears: Mitchell Tru­bisky’s two­point con­ver­sion was sen­sa­tional Mon­day night, but the rest of his first NFL start wasn’t too impressive. Now his first road game comes in a tough place on a short week.

RED­SKINS (-11) over 49ers: San Fran­cisco has lost its past four games by two, two, three and three. And Kyle Shana­han is go­ing up against a team that fired him (and his dad!) and we usu­ally like that dy­namic. But the Skins are com­ing off a bye, a huge rest edge over a team play­ing a third straight road game. And theyy have ex-49ers coach Jim Tom­sula on their staff.

Rams (+ 3) over JAGUARS: The Jags have been hard to fig­ure, crush­ing t he Tex­ans, Ravens and Steel­ers, but los­ing to the Jets. The Rams were in po­si­tion to beat Seat­tle last week but gave it away with five turnovers. Good spot for turn­around for both teams.

Buc­ca­neers (- 1 ¹/₂ ) over CAR­DI­NALS: If Jameis Win­ston and the field-goal kicker can im­prove their ac­cu­racy, the 2-2 Bucs can still be a force in the NFL. The Car­di­nals’ de­fense was ex­posed by Car­son Wentz last week, and Win­ston can do the same.

CHIEFS (-4) over Steel­ers: Ben Roeth­lis­berger was prob­a­bly be­ing face­tious last week when he said “maybe I don’t have it any­more” af­ter throw­ing five in­ter­cep­tions. But Ar­row­head wouldn’t be the next place he’d want to go.

Charg­er­sCharge (+2) over RAIDERS: Count us as a lit­tle skep­ti­cal about Derek Carr re­turn­ing two weeks into an in­jury (frac­ture in his back) that has a twoto-six week win­dow. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram sacked Eli Man­ning four times last week and will be com­ing af­ter Carr.


TITANSTITA (-4 ¹ /₂ ) over Colts: Line was “off ” all week be­cause of quar­ter­back in­juries. Mar­cus Mar­i­ota looks to be a game-time de­ci­sion for the Ti­tans while An­drew Luck re­mains out for Indy. Colts are ranked 31st in de­fense and have lost their first two road games by a com­bined 92-27.

BEST BETS: Bron­cos, Lions,Lio Ti­tans.

LOCKL OF THE WEEK:W Bron­cos (Locks 1-4 in 2017).

LAST WEEK: 3-9-2 over­all, 1-2 Best Bets.


Von Miller

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