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3 reasons for optimism in Week 1

The New York Giants (0-0) host the Denver Broncos (0-0) this Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

They are listed as 2.5-point underdogs and nearly 60 percent of the betting population believes the Broncos will win the game and cover the spread.

Here are three reasons for optimism.

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The Giants are getting back some key pieces to their offense. Star running back Saquon Barkley is returning after missing the last 14 games of the 2020 season with a torn ACL. Free agent wide receiver Kenny Golladay, free agent tight end Kyle Rudolph and top rookie Kadarius Toney will all make their Giants debut, as will edge rusher Azeez Ojulari.

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The Giants have taken a downturn over the last decade, logging in seven losing season over an eight year period. They are not alone in the losing spin cycle. The Broncos haven’t been to the playoffs since winning Super Bowl 50 in February of 2016. In fact they’ve had losing season the past four years.

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The Giants’ defense is ready to take things to the next level. They were ranked in the top 10 last year and now have several key pieces returning and have beefed up their pass rush and secondary. They were stout against the run and now are gearing up to be solid against the pass.

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