With the two famous brothers playing quarterback for both teams involved this game can be referred to as the “Manning Bowl”. Peyton and the Broncos are coming off the most ridiculous performance of week one. He threw 7 touchdown passes vs. The Baltimore Ravens and proved that he is beyond all the way back from his neck surgeries. The defense looked sluggish in the first half and then proceeded to dominate from the beginning of the second half on. Eli threw for over 400 yards and his team scored over 30 points; however they also committed 6 turnovers and were unable to establish any kind of running game. It should be interesting when these two teams meet on the Giants home field on Sunday afternoon.
The Broncos are considered a favorite to go to the Superbowl and did nothing to make anyone feel different during week 1. Manning had the offense firing on all cylinders. He hooked up with new targets wide reciever Wes Welker and tight end Julius Thomas for multiple touchdowns. He also continued to spread the ball around to Number 1 reciever Demarius Thomas. They used 3 running backs in Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball, and Knowshon Moreno and while none of them stole the show they were able to keep the ball moving and did not commit any turnovers. The defense had a combined 21 tackles from safety Duke Ihenacho and linebacker Wesley Woodyard who did more than make up for the loss of suspended linebacker Von Miller. The only question is after playing last Thursday will it lead to having enough rest or will the break have developed some rust.
The Giants had several issues on Sunday night and most of them had to do with turnovers. Starting running back David Wilson who appeared ready for a breakout season fumbled on his first carry of the season and then again a few possessions later with the Giants losing possession both times. He was benched for the remainder of the game. His confidence as well as that of head coach Tom Coughlin remains a huge question mark headed into Sunday. They brought back running back Brandon Jacobs to try and help the running game but at 31 and having hardly played last season it is doubtful he can make much of an on the field impact. The offense was otherwise spectacular with WR Victor Cruz catching 3 touchdown passes. The defense looked awful however and if it plays like that against Denver Peyton may throw for 10 touchdowns. They seemed incapable of covering Cowboy tight end Jason Witten and that’s a scary thought considering how much Peyton Manning loves throwing to his.
This has the potential to be a great football game with a lot of scoring. Both teams have the ability to light up the scoreboard. It will be a difficult task for the Giants defense to contain Manning and all his weapons. They will need a boost from the home crowd in their home opener.
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