New York Giants (1-0) at Indianapolis Colts (0-1)Sunday September 19, 2010 8:20 PM - Lucas Oil Stadium
TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Andrea Kremer (Field reporter).
Radio: WFAN 660 AM: Bob Papa, Carl Banks and Howard Cross Westwood One Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Hub Arkush (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 127 (WW1), 125 (NYG), 126 (Ind.). XM: 104 (WW1), 102 (NYG), 103 (Ind.).
This is a primetime showdown between the brothers Manning - Eli and Peyton. It will be the second time these two meet. In 2006, the Colts defeated the Giants 26-21 in the first game in NFL history that two quarterback brothers started for opposing teams.
“It is rare that you get to face your brother," says Eli Manning. “You kind of appreciate that when the National Anthem is being sung and you look over and see your big brother. That’s pretty special. You have to try and enjoy it and have fun with it and understand it’s something that doesn’t happen often."
The Giants began the season with a 31-18 victory over the Carolina Panthers in the opening of New Meadowlands Stadium. New York wide receiver Hakeem Nicks led the way with three touchdown catches and became the first player in more than 20 years to score three touchdowns in the first game at a new stadium.
“It was an historic win for the New York Giants franchise in the new stadium," says Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. “It was an outstanding win for our team."
Indianapolis will look to rebound from a rare September loss. Entering 2010, the Colts had posted a 26-6 (.813) record in the opening month over the past 10 years (2000-09).
“The season is a long haul," says Indianapolis head coach Jim Caldwell. “It’s Round One of a 16-round fight. What we have to do is continue to get better each and every week. That’s what we’re focusing on."
WR Hakeem Nicks had career-high 3 TDs last week. WR Mario Manningham aims for 3rd in row with 85+ rec. yards. WR Steve Smith has 1st down reception in 34 consecutive games. Has 62 1st down receptions since start of 2009, 3rd most in NFC…Incl. playoffs, Giants have won 12 in row when DE Justin Tuck has sack (19 sacks in 12 games). S Antrel Rolle had 28-yard INT last year vs. Ind. (9/27/09 with Arz.). DE Mathias Kiwanuka had 2 sacks last week…
WR Austin Collie had career-best in rec. (10) & receiving yards (131) last week…Incl. postseason, TE Dallas Clark aims for 3rd straight game w/7+ receptions…DE Dwight Freeney aims for 5th consecutive game w/sack against NFC. DE Robert Mathis has 5 sacks in past 4 games vs. NFC…S Melvin Bullitt posted 1st INT since 11/16/08 last week.