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Sun Sept 15, 4:25 PM - Broncos at Giants

Giants (0-1) vs Broncos (1-0)
The Ravens knocked the Broncos out of the playoffs last season in Denver in a thrilling double overtime game. Baltimore continued on to play and win in the Super Bowl, but that's old news now. Bronco fans were happy to see Peyton Manning throw for 7 touchdowns and lead their team to a drubbing of the Super Bowl champs 49-27 in the home opener.
The Giants played just about as poorly as a team could in their opening game starting off with an interception on the first play. They committed six turnovers and handed their division rival Cowboys a 36-31 win. There were opportunities for a comeback as Eli Manning threw four touchdown passes, but the mistakes just kept happening.

Denver Broncos.
It's been two straight years of exciting football in Denver. After the first five games of 2011, the Broncos were 1-4 and Tim Tebow got a chance to start against Miami. He managed to win for the first time in the eight games that the Broncos played on the road against the Dolphins. The Broncos became the first team to rally from a deficit of at least 15 points in the final three minutes since at least 1983. Tebow won six straight games at one point and kept things exciting with his five fourth-quarter comebacks and three OT wins.
Finishing along with the Raiders and Chargers at 8-8, the Broncos were 6-6 against common opponents while the others went 5-7 and so they became the Division champs. All this was on the arm of a quarterback who had completed just 46.5 percent of his passes. After one more exciting game for the home fans, a 29-23 overtime playoff win over the Steelers, you can say 'Tebowmania' officially ended in New England with an horrific 45-10 loss.
Once Peyton Manning became available, the Broncos, finishing up a season no better than 8-8 since 2006, decided put all their chips on number 18. They even unretired that jersey number for Peyton (along with the approval of Frank Tripucka, quarterback for the Broncos first four seasons). The gamble on Manning's surgically repaired neck paid off big time for the Broncos last season as they finished at 13-3, sharing the best record in the NFL with Atlanta, and moved on to the playoffs for a second straight year.

Broncos offense.
Peyton Manning's arm strength was questioned last season as there was a tendency for him to throw more short and intermediate passes. Some disagree, but the Broncos made that a non issue either way. They added free agent Wes Welker who was targeted 11 times and had 9 of Manning's 27 completions in the opener. Welker, Julius Thomas, and Demaryius Thomas each pulled in 2 touchdowns. The Broncos didn't run the ball much and Manning threw 42 passes while the running backs had just 21 carries that netted them 67 yards.
If you're going to be a one dimensional team it might as well be these Broncos with their passing abilities, but you can't pull a running game out of your back pocket whenever you need it and it took a step back last year. Running back Knowshon Moreno had the most carries and caught all 3 passes that came his way as did Ronnie Hillman with his 2 catches. Rookie Montee Ball has yet to develop his best pass blocking skills, and they have fumbling concerns with Hillman carrying the ball.

Broncos defense.
They were the third ranked passing and rushing defense last year. In the opener they held the Ravens to just 58 rushing yards on 21 carries, although it probably really irked them that they gave up one rushing touchdown. All last season that happened only 5 times and they were the top defense in that area. They had to defend against 62 Joe Flacco passes, and he completed 34 for 362 yards and 2 touchdowns, but they also nailed him with 2 interceptions and 4 sacks.
The defense was tied for getting the most sacks last year with 52, but Elvis Dumervil is on another team and Von Miller, who had 18.5 sacks, is serving a six-game suspension. The Giants catch another break in that
12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey has been ruled out for the second week in a row. Despite that, Chris Harris, Tony Carter, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie all did just fine.

Giants offense.
The team had two fumbles, three interceptions, and a special teams muffed punt and still lost the game by only 5 points. Eli Manning made good use of his receivers, but suffered in not getting much help from the ground game. David Wilson could not be trusted and despite one 13 yard run, turned in only 19 yards on his 7 carries before he was benched for fumbling twice. Da'Rel Scott did have one nice run for 16 yards, but all in all, he totaled just 23 yards on 5 carries. With Eli's additional scrambles, the team as a whole managed a scarce 50 running yards for the record books.
Manning was 27 of 42 for 450 yards and threw three interceptions, two being the results of throwing screen passes to his inexperienced running backs. The team forced themselves to bring back experienced 31 year old Brandon Jacobs, and whatever capabilities he may or may not have. He can show if he still has it if given a chance by bruising past that tough Denver run defense in short yardage situations.
Manning had three 100-yard receivers with Victor Cruz pulling in five catches for 118 yards, Hakeem Nicks five for 114 yards and Rueben Randle five for 101 yards. Despite all the mistakes, Manning was on the way to pulling this game out until his last interception, a ball that bounced off the hands of Scott and was returned 49 yards for a touchdown.

Giants defense.
This group was put through a real workout in the opener against the Cowboys after suddenly being called back on the field more than a few times. Overall they held up well in last week's performance. The Broncos running game wouldn't throw much of a scare into any team and the Giants should be able to handle that area. Tony Romo was never comfortable with the Giants pass pressure last week and Jason Pierre-Paul said he didn't like his own performance. Well JPP is one week healthier now and has had more practice time.
Still there are other issues to be dealt with. Linebacker Dan Connor, who started last week at middle linebacker, was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Connor was considered to be the linebacker of choice to defend against the passing game, and look who's coming to town. Hopefully Mark Herzlich will get some tips on how to read Peyton's play calling from his little brother. Cornerback Prince Amukamara suffered a concussion and missed practice this week, but now he looks to be available. Safety Antrel Rolle felt a soreness in his groin during practice on Thursday, but says he's good to go.

The Broncos are riding high after last's week's 'payback-win' over the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, and they have even had a few extra days to prepare for the Giants. Right now the Broncos seem like a team that has it all together while the Giants certainly haven't inspired confidence. We've all seen matchups like these before in the NFL and also have seen what can happen. Peyton Manning himself has seen a number of 'unbeatable teams' go up against his little brother's team and what the results have been.
The last time the Giants were forced to make sudden changes like they did this past week with Brandon Jacobs, it turned into a good thing. Chase Blackburn was there for the taking, just as Jacobs was, ready to be picked up, dusted off, and thrown into the fray. Hopefully the results will be just as good. At least the defense won't be on the sidelines gulping their cokes down in a hurry when they see Jacobs carrying the ball instead of David Wilson. This is just another wrinkle on a game that will be remembered as Manning Bowl III.

NFC East
All the other teams in the division will play their games on Sunday at 1pm. The Cowboys (1-0) play at Kansas City against the Chiefs (1-0), the Redskins (0-1) play at Green Bay against the Packers (0-1), and the Eagles (1-0) will host the Chargers (0-1). The Eagles are the only team in the NFC East favored to win their game. Check out.
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tgtwitter TeamGiants on Twitter.Notes.
Giants Brandon Jacobs has played 100 regular-season games for the Giants, rushing for 56 touchdowns.

Giants have won the last 3 home games against the Broncos, last time was in 2005.

Broncos Peyton Manning was the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

Broncos Peyton Manning is the only player to have three games with 6 passing touchdowns.

Broncos Peyton Manning is the sixth QB in NFL history to throw 7 touchdown passes in a game.
Last time was on Sept. 28, 1969 by Joe Kapp with the Minnesota Vikings against the Baltimore Colts.

Broncos Peyton Manning and Y.A. Tittle are the only quarterbacks to have throw 7 touchdowns in a game without an interception.

Broncos Peyton Manning has won the two previous meetings against Eli Manning and the Giants.
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