It's the battle of the Manning brothers late this afternoon at MetLife Stadium as 'Manning bowl 3" features the Denver Broncos at the NY Giants. Kind of ironic that both of these warriors let it all out on the field in week 1 matching completions for attempts only separated by 12 total passing yards. Peyton however became just the 6th QB in NFL history to throw for 7 TD passes in a 49-27 whitewashing of Baltimore in a rematch of last seasons wildcard round in the 2013 Thursday night opener. Eli though was not as lucky notching 4 TD passes but also responsible for 3 INT as big blue fell short in Big D 36-31 last Sunday night.
Denver did fumble three times, losing two, but its turnover problem paled in comparison to that of New York. David Wilson lost two fumbles, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and had 6 overall. The Giants earlier this week brought back power runner Brandon Jacobs after spending last season seemingly lost in San Francisco. Although the Giants got a big effort from the passing game - receivers Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle each finished with more than 100 yards - they'll have to be even better defensively this week in addition to taking care of the ball. The Giants on offense need to take better care of the ball in order to pull off the upset at home. Eli will likely connect with Cruz for ample yardage and receptions. With Champ Bailey likely out at CB this week nursing his injured foot, Chris Harris will likely be up to the challenge to contain.
New York held Dallas to 331 yards but got only sporadic pressure on Tony Romo, sacking him twice. It will almost certainly need the pass rush to generate more heat on Peyton Manning to have a chance to slow down the Broncos. If the Broncos are able to protect Peyton then the Broncos could very well duplicate game 1's explosive output largely in the second half and pull away. The Giants secondary is challenged with Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas. Eric Decker could have a huge advantage Giants. Look for the defense to roll their coverage towards Thomas and Welker leaving Decker in one-on-one situations with a nickel back. Peyton will take that matchup all day long and feast on the opposition that led him to record numbers against one of the league's top defenses last week.
Both teams will have numerous possessions and opportunities to let their offense march down the field in a toe to toe matchup. If you like finishes where the last team to have the ball will likely emerge victorious, we lean to experience over youth this afternoon as Peyton will outlast Eli in a high scoring battle.