ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Even for Denver Broncos players who routinely say they try not to read or watch what's being said about approaching games outside of the team's walls, the New York Giants' current turmoil is difficult to avoid.
Especially since some of it involves a couple of former teammates for many Broncos. The Giants have indefinitely suspended cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who played for the Broncos in 2013, heading into Sunday night's game in Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
And after the Giants placed three wide receivers on injured reserve this week, including Odell Beckham Jr., they signed Tavarres King, who was a fifth-round pick by the Broncos in 2013. As a result, Broncos coach Vance Joseph continues to pound away the post-bye-week message home: Don't let the Giants' troubles affect your work, and look beyond their 0-5 record.
"It's Eli Manning," Joseph said when asked about the chances of a potential letdown. " They've lost three out of their five games in the fourth quarter. Again, the players don't think that way, I don't think that way."
Joseph added: "I think players understand that, I think the media sometimes thinks players don't get it. For a player it's a hard business and every guy they play on Sunday is the best in the world at what they do."
The Broncos are as healthy as they've been since the end of training camp given wide receiver Cody Latimer (knee) is the only regular who has been held out of practice this week due to an injury. The Broncos also already find themselves in a race in the AFC West with little or no margin for error given the Kansas City Chiefs are off to a 5-0 start. The Chiefs already have a road win at New England and a win over the 4-1 Philadelphia Eagles on their resume.
"It's no difference if you were playing the Chiefs who are 5-0," running back C.J. Anderson said of the team's work this week. "[The Giants] are just as hungry. You want to win every week. Nobody likes losing. We don't want to be the first to give that up."
"We're hoping that they can't put it together against us," tight end A.J. Derby said. "We're just trying to make sure that doesn't happen."