As you can see in the video above Peyton, & Eli Manning have always been competitive with one another. Speaking from experience (13 year old brother) that competition feeling will always be there with siblings. However I'm not a high profile, championship seasoned QB in the NFL, and neither is my little brother. Arguably the most historic brother duo in all sports will be on opposite sidelines yet again in their careers Sunday afternoon at Metlife Stadium as the New York Giants host the Denver Broncos in week 2 (Kick off at 4:25pm, on CBS). This could be the last time we see these two face one another, unless Super Bowl 48 at Metlife Stadium plays host to the 4th installment of the rivalry.
As far as their 2013 season paths the Manning of New York Eli did have three costly interceptions vs the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday night. However the younger Manning still finished with a stat line of: 27-42 comp, 450 yards, 4 tds, & 64.3 comp% (102.3 passer rating). With that said many of the issues Eli faced last Sunday were the result of poor O-line play at times, and an inept running back tandem.
Meanwhile in Denver on opening night Peyton posted a big time night as well vs the Baltimore Ravens with the best performance of any QB so far: 27-42 comp, 462 yards, 7 tds, 0 interceptions, & 64.3 comp% (141.1 passer rating). Perhaps the most important stat of all: Peyton has the edge on Eli in their match ups as he is 2-0 vs his little brother (defeated Eli's Giants, 26-21 in 2006, and 38-14 in 2010).
So as we prepare for one of the most highly anticipated match ups of the 2013 NFL season here are 5 key factors to look out for tomorrow when Eli Manning, and the New York Giants host Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos:
Defending the Mannings: Both the Denver Broncos, and New York Giants have an important defensive assignment Sunday: defending a Manning. For the Denver Broncos coming to Metlife Stadium I don't see this being an easy game for them. They faced an iffy Baltimore Ravens offense that was without two big time offensive players in receiver Anquan Boldin, & tight end Dennis Pitta. This week they'll be facing a much better offense (QB, & receiving core), one that has already proved it can score points even with turnover problems. The running back tandem is however a weakness they can try to exploit. (Important note: Broncos still without Line backer Von Miller, & corner back Champ Bailey)
And for the New York Giants they have a tough task as well, and his name is Peyton Manning. With the offense he runs, and the receiving core he possesses it's up to this Giants defense to keep this game close enough for the offense. There is no stopping the Broncos offense, you can only try to keep the game in reach, and that's exactly what this unit needs to do. The health, and performances of corner back Prince Amukamara (cleared concussion test), and defensive end Jason Pierre Paul (iffy back) will be key for the Giants. (Important note: Line backer Dan Connor out for the season, running back Brandon Jacobs returns to the team after year long hiatus)
Home Field Advantage?: The Giants will be hosting this match up at Metlife Stadium (also the home of Super Bowl 48). Will the GMen's home crowd provide that extra pressure during key moments? Will being on their home field prove to be benificial for Big Blue? I have no clue, but it will be an interesting factor throughout the game.
Elite Coaching Battle: What we see on the field, and what we don't see (in terms of preparation) are all results of the respective coaching staffs. We have two proven head coaches in Tom Coughlin, & John Fox (and their staffs) with a big time "chess match" on their hands. And with two elite QBs at their disposal it should make for a great game.
Receiving Cores Galore: Tomorrow afternoon plays host not only to two talented QBs, but their just as talented receiving cores. Perhaps the two most deadly receiving tandems in the NFL we'll surely see a high number of passing yards, and touchdowns. This game will be a shoot out, and the receivers will largely impact this game.
The Broncos core featuring Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker, & break out performer tight end Julius Thomas will be a tough assignment for the Giants defense (last week, 4 different receivers had touchdowns). And on the flip side the Giants core featuring: Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, and tight end Brandon Myers will be the deadliest core the Broncos defense has seen so far (Nicks, Cruz, & Randle made Giants history last Sunday all finishing with over 100 yards receiving).
And the most important factor of the game...
The Manning Brothers: It's simple this game is highly anticipated due to Peyton, & Eli Manning. All signs point to this game being a shoot out, and with Eli leading his brother in the Super Bowl win department (2 rings to Peyton's 1) winning a big game vs his brother will do nothing but fuel more interesting headlines. And let's be honest these are two of the most exciting conventional QBs to watch other than Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, & Drew Brees despite the trendy mobile QBs taking over the NFL. What's going to be fun for us, is going to be another torn situation for Archie Manning as he watches his sons take the field against each other for what could be the very last time.
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