New York-Denver: Keys To a Giants Victory

Richard ReschCorrespondent INovember 25, 2009

DENVER - OCTOBER 04:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after the final play against the Dallas Cowboys during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 4, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. Marshall caught the game winning 51 yard touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys with 2:47 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Broncos defeated the Cowboys 17-10.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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1. Cover Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall is an absolute beast.  The Giants secondary did a nice job of covering a banged up Roddy White, but Marshall is a different animal.  At 6'4", 230 pounds, Marshall is one of the toughest men to cover.  After the catch, he is even better.  Although he has had his ups and downs this season, when he's on his game, he's as good as Terrell Owens in his prime.

Eddie Royal is a good deep threat, but Marshall is the guy the Giants need to worry about.

2. Dial Up Pressure

The San Diego Chargers recorded three sacks, four tackles for a loss, and four QB hits.  The result was the removal of backup-turned-starter Chris Simms after a 2-4 day.  Normal starter Kyle Orton did not fair any better as he threw 15-29 with no touchdowns and one interception.

During their four game losing streak, Orton has been sacked five times.  However, in the one game he was not sacked, Orton completed 11 of 18 passes for 193 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, and a QB rating of 134.7.  In the three games he was sacked, Orton completed 59 of 104 for 544 yards, no touchdowns, four interceptions, and a QB rating of 55.1.

3. Run the Ball

Three weeks ago, Rashard Mendenhall ran for 155 yards on 22 carries against Denver.  Two weeks ago, Ladell Betts ran for 114 yards on 26 carries.  Last week, the Chargers rolled up 203 yards on 43 carries.

In their last victory in Week Six, the Broncos held that very same San Diego Chargers to just 73 yards with 21 yards on the ground.  But one of the keys to their downfall during their four game losing streak has been their inability to stop the run.

During that four game losing streak, they have allowed 168.75 rushing yards per game, and an average rush of 4.7 yards.

With Ahmad Bradshaw out, the Giants should rely heavily on Brandon Jacobs and Danny Ware against a susceptible Denver rushing defense.

4. Key On Moreno

The Broncos have two running backs: Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno.  Buckhalter is a solid backup, but he is not anything special (now that I said this, I'm sure he'll run for 150 yards this week).

But Knowshon Moreno was the 12th overall pick this year from Georgia, and he is expected to be the running back of the future for the Broncos.  He has 600 yards for the year and has started to gain some momentum lately.  In his last two games, Moreno has gained 177 yards on 28 carries, good for 6.3 yards per carry.  Buckhalter has received only nine carries in his last two games.

However, Moreno has fumbled four times this season, and he has lost all four fumbles.  So while the Giants should expect to see a good amount of the talented youngster, they should remember that he has had some trouble holding on to the football.

5. Skip Thanksgiving Dinner

Aside from breakfast and fourthmeal, dinner is the most important meal of the day.  But maybe it would be wise to skip the traditional hearty Thanksgiving dinner, or at least postpone it until after the game.  I don't have the right to tell football players what they can do, but I imagine it's harder to run a post route or cover a wide receiver right after eating a turkey dinner, not to mention stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and maybe part of a vegetable.

Professional football players have plenty to be thankful for.  They can wait a few extra hours for Thanksgiving dinner.