Both Manning Brothers are coming off huge passing performances - it will be the first game in NFL history to feature opposing players who passed for at least 400 yards in the previous week.
Peyton threw for 462 yards and tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes last week vs Baltimore. He joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle (October 28, 1962) as the only quarterbacks with seven passing touchdowns and no interceptions in a game.
Eli tossed for 450 yards and four TDs. Last week, the Giants had three 100-yard receivers in same game for 1st time in their history: WRs Victor Cruz (118), Hakeem Nicks (114) and Rueben Randle (101). Cruz had 3 TDs last week, including a 70-yarder. He has 7 career TDs of 70 or more yards and he's just getting started.
Fennelly's take on this one:
Don't blink. Don't go to the bathroom, don't answer the phone. Just sit back and watch. The rules favor the passing game and very few QBs can both drive the ball and exploit defenses with big plays like the Brothers Manning.
The defensive strategy for each team is simple: don't get embarrassed. It won't work. Defenders will be on their heels all game.
Offense will be the best defense in this one. And the Giants have just the offense to toe-to-toe with the Broncos. They have four players that can take it to the house at any time and chances are they will do it often this week.
Archie and Olivia will be there and might just be enjoying this Van Halen tune...
Come see your children, yeah They're lighting up the skies You won't, recognize them anymore
Ooh, mama, see the firelights Ooh, we're comin' out tonight Ooh, mama, see the firelights Ooh, lightin' up the sky Light 'em up!
Moat people feel the Giants have no shot in this game. Good, let them think that. The Giants played fairly well last week sans the turnovers. Eli had a ton of great throws and the WRs played their butts off. Brandon Jacobs' return (and I can't believe I'm saying this) is just what the Giants need right now. Someone to fire up this bunch. They are taking this game seriously.
The Broncos whipped the Ravens (or what's left of the Ravens) last week in a game that Baltimore was ill-suited for. A lot of new faces trying to figure things out and Jacoby Jones left the game early. Their offense thrives at home, where the crowd quiets down for the Broncos to hear the snap count. Tomorrow, they have to go to a silent count as the MetLife crowd won't be so accommodating. That will slow them down a notch.
My prediction for last week's game was Giants 27, Cowboys 23. A four-point win, which they would have had if not for two minus-sixes by the offense (that's a big if. I know).
I like the Giants in this one, too. Mainly because Denver is missing LB Von Miller and CB Champ Bailey. They aren't very strong on D right now. Peyton will certainly get his shots in, but little bro Eli will walk away a winner this time.
2013 will be Eli Manning's best season yet. This is the season the Pro Football HOF will acquire the bronze block to start carving his bust from. Week One was a wake-up call for the Giants. This will be the week they put a cap on the overall negativity that has surrounded them all summer.
Giants 41, Broncos 35 .........Book it, Dan-O.
Jim Mancari takes a more pragmatic view....
Plain and simple, the Giants would have won last week's game against the Cowboys without the turnovers. But this week, even protecting the ball may not be enough to defeat the mighty Denver Broncos. In the Manning vs. Manning showdown, older brother Peyton certainly has the edge coming off his NFL-record-tying seven touchdown passes. He's also had 10 days to rest before this game. Eli put up some big numbers but a few keys mistakes cost him and his team the game. I really thought the Giants would beat the Cowboys, but I'm not feeling as optimistic for this weekend. I want to see the Giants improve on the turnovers and at least be in the game for all four quarters. Maybe the home crowd will get the Giants going, because they will certainly need an extra boost against the Broncos. After seeing how Eli was able to move the ball downfield late before the mis-timed interception, I would hope he gets another chanceSunday for a potential game-winning drive. But this team still has a lot to work out and may come up just short. A competitive performance though would allow Big Blue to gear up for a handful of very winnable games spanning all the way to the bye week.