Dustin Bradford/Getty ImagesGiants running back Orleans Darkwa surely opened eyes around the NFL with his 117-yard performance against the Broncos.

After Orleans Darkwa's effort versus Denver, the Giants shouldn't deny him steady opportunities to perform, unlike in recent seasons.

New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been reinstated by the team after being suspended last week for a violation of team rules.

Rodgers-Cromartie missed Sunday night's 23-10 win over the Denver Broncos.

The Pro Bowl cornerback met with Giants coach Ben McAdoo early Tuesday. He is expected to be on the field Wednesday when his teammates return to practice.

Rodgers-Cromartie was told Oct. 10 he would be benched against the Broncos because of his actions in preceding days. He had left a recovery session early Oct. 6, then thrown his helmet and walked off the field in a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Rodgers-Cromartie later walked out of a meeting Wednesday, which prompted an indefinite suspension from the Giants. He was placed on a reserve/suspended list.

To create room on the roster, the Giants waived injured cornerback Michael Hunter, who suffered a hamstring injury against the Broncos.

The Giants (1-5) host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday before their bye week.

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Justin Edmonds/Getty ImagesThe Giants' offensive line was able to produce gaping holes for Orleans Darkwa to run through on Sunday night.

The Giants' O-line helped deliver a 148-yard rushing effort Sunday, but the team could start center Weston Richburg after missing the past two weeks.

Sunday was a big day for the New York Giants, as they handled the heavily favored Denver Broncos at Mile High. 

It was also a big day for one young fan, who received a very personal shout-out from defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul during the game. Last Friday, 7-year-old Hayden attended the Giants' practice to tour their facilities and meet some players. He is battling cancer. 

Hayden and JPP bonded over their dance moves, and JPP promised that he'd celebrate with one of the moves he learned from Hayden if he got a sack against Denver.

JPP did more than keep his word, getting three sacks against the Broncos. 

If Hayden stayed up to watch the game, hopefully he got the chance to see his moves gain some fame on live television.

--Meaghan Latella

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The Giants beat the Broncos with an altered approach, and there were plenty of players who deserve credit for their success.

From Aaron Rodgers' season-altering injury to the last undefeated team going down (and one of the last winless teams getting a W), Sunday's Week 6 games were full of surprises.

Which performance stood out the most? What surprised you most? And how will the Green Bay Packers fare without their quarterback?

Week 6 concludes Monday night when the Indianapolis Colts travel to Nissan Stadium to take on the AFC South rival Tennessee Titans (8:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN/ESPN App). Barring a tie, the winner of Monday's game will join the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars atop the division at 3-3, while the loser will be alone in last place.

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Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty ImagesBen McAdoo did not call plays for the first time in a regular-season game since he was hired by the Giants in 2014.

With his team 0-5, Giants coach Ben McAdoo let coordinator Mike Sullivan call the plays, giving the offense a much-needed jolt in an upset of Denver.

The recipe for success that worked for the Giants last season (play good defense, create turnovers and do just enough on offense) produced an upset.

If you've ever seen X-rays from collarbone injuries, you know the unsightly images can look like a jagged Wall Street graph after the stock market takes a big tumble. The visual also applies to a suddenly volatile NFC race after the Green Bay Packers announced the terrible news that a broken right collarbone will sideline quarterback Aaron Rodgers, quite possibly for the season.

When Rodgers plays, the Packers are the one team in the NFC with a quarterback great enough for the team to contend without much help from the defense and/or conventional running game. With Rodgers out, we stacked all 16 NFC teams into one of four groupings in what was already looking like a pretty wide-open conference.

"This is as open as I can remember it in a lot of years, because it is hard to say who the top one or two teams are in the conference," an evaluator said. "Usually, you would put the Packers and someone else -- Seattle, maybe -- that you feel strongly about. You just don't feel as strongly about those teams this year."

We start with the leading contenders, including three that have been to the Super Bowl recently with many of the same key players in place, including quarterbacks who have shown they can win playoff games with sufficient support. Every one of these teams is flawed enough to trade places with teams below them, which is why this NFC race will be a difficult one to handicap.


The Giants will reportedly roll out their fifth different offensive line combination in the past six games against the top-rated Broncos defense.

Brandon MarshallMark LoMoglio/Icon SportswireGiants wide receiver Brandon Marshall intends to return for the 2018 season, he told ESPN.

New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall says he has no plans to retire despite an ankle injury that cost him the rest of the 2017 season.

"I'm a competitor, and I don't want to go out like that," Marshall told ESPN this weekend. "I'm definitely not going out like that."

Marshall was injured in last Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Chargers when he came down awkwardly out of bounds while trying to make a catch. He was taken to the locker room on a cart with his left cleat off.

He will be 34 years old next season and has a potential TV career in front of him, but Marshall says he is not thinking along those lines just yet. He wants to play a 13th NFL season and is focusing on getting healthy.

"That's my mindset right now," he said.

Marshall signed a two-year contract with the Giants in the offseason. He was one of three Giants wide receivers -- along with Odell Beckham Jr. and Dwayne Harris -- to suffer season-ending injuries last week.

He had 18 catches for 154 yards with 0 touchdowns this season before the injury. He needs 41 receptions to become the 15th player in NFL history to record at least 1,000 career receptions.

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How to bet New York-Denver

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ESPN Chalk's NFL Vegas experts (Phil Steele, Warren Sharp, Erin Rynning and Mike Clay) are here to provide analysis and best bets for Sunday night's tilt between the New York Giants and Denver Broncos. John Parolin of ESPN Stats & Information breaks down the best prop bet.

Note: Odds courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Saturday afternoon.

New York Giants at Denver Broncos (-11.5)

Total: 39
PickCenter public consensus pick: 72 percent on Denver

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With three WRs on injured reserve and six other players out for Sunday night, the Giants are undergoing an overhaul throughout the lineup.

The Giants' top three receivers are out, as is their starting center. Coach Ben McAdoo is trying not to let the bad breaks break his team.