The NFL front office must be in agony over the recent shift in the standings that has them squarely faced with a Sunday (Monday afternoon Oz time) Night Football match that looks to be a snoozer of vast magnitude.
The winless New York Giants will travel to Denver to face the Broncos. TV ratings are sure to suffer after the Giants lost marquee player Odell Beckham, Jr. to a broken ankle in the Giants’ loss to the previously winless Los Angeles Chargers, the team that broke hearts in San Diego by bolting to the Los Angeles spotlight.
The NFL could resort to what they euphemistically call “flex scheduling,” where they shift start times and teams in the quest to deliver a competitive match and a large TV audience for NBC, the broadcaster that owns the broadcast rights to Sunday Night football.
The Giants have been a mess in every sense of the word this season and losing Beckham is a blow with which they could have done without.
On top of their issues, they will be playing a Denver Broncos team coming off a bye week, in front of a ravenous Denver crowd that bleeds orange profusely.
The only glimmer of hope for the Giants lays in the fact that with the Broncos, one never knows who is going to show up. The Broncos have displayed a marked proclivity to let other teams hang around, rather than putting them away convincingly.
Denver needed a blocked field goal in the final seconds of the first game of the season to avoid being faced with extra time against the aforementioned lowly Chargers.
In week four, the Broncos needed last second heroics and an Adam Gotsis knee to the back of Oakland quarterback Derek Carr to preserve a narrow win over the Raiders.
Early betting markets for the match show the Broncos carrying a Winx-like quote of $1.15 to $5.75 for the Giants, with the point spread favouring Denver by 11.5 points.