|Last 3 Games||1-0||+1||1-0||1-0||49.0||14.0||510.0||(7.8)||2.0||27.0||17.0||393.0||(4.7)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||49.0||14.0||24.0||26:12||23-65||(2.8)||27-42||64.3%||445||(10.6)||65-510||(7.8)||(10.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||49||14||24||26:12||23-65||(2.8)||27-42||64.3%||445||(10.6)||65-510||(7.8)||(10.4)|
|Defense (All Games)||27.0||17.0||24.0||33:48||21-58||(2.8)||34-62||54.8%||335||(5.4)||83-393||(4.7)||(14.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||27||17||24||34:48||21-58||(2.8)||34-62||54.8%||335||(5.4)||83-393||(4.7)||(14.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.0||2.0||2.0||0.0||15-8||53.3%||0-0||0.0%||0-0||(0)||6-63||(10.5)||8-61|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0||2||2||4||15-8||53.3%||0-0||0.0%||0-0||(0)||63-6||(10.5)||8-61|
|Stats Against (All Games)||2.0||0.0||2.0|| ||22-8||36.4%||1-0||0.0%||0-0||(0)||1-13||(13)||7-53|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||2||0||2|| ||22-8||36.4%||1-0||0.0%||0-0||(0)||13-1||(13)||7-53|
|Last 3 Games||0-1||-1||0-1||1-0||31.0||10.0||478.0||(8.5)||6.0||36.0||13.0||331.0||(4.6)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||31.0||10.0||21.0||22:50||14-50||(3.6)||27-42||64.3%||428||(10.2)||56-478||(8.5)||(15.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||31||10||21||23:50||14-50||(3.6)||27-42||64.3%||428||(10.2)||56-478||(8.5)||(15.4)|
|Defense (All Games)||36.0||13.0||22.0||37:10||23-87||(3.8)||36-49||73.5%||244||(5)||72-331||(4.6)||(9.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||36||13||22||37:10||23-87||(3.8)||36-49||73.5%||244||(5)||72-331||(4.6)||(9.2)|
|Stats For (All Games)||3.0||3.0||6.0||-5.0||11-6||54.5%||0-0||0.0%||1-26||(26)||5-20||(4)||6-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||3||3||6||7||11-6||54.5%||0-0||0.0%||1-26||(26)||20-5||(4)||6-52|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.0||0.0||1.0|| ||15-5||33.3%||0-0||0.0%||0-0||(0)||2-19||(9.5)||5-40|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0||1|| ||15-5||33.3%||0-0||0.0%||0-0||(0)||19-2||(9.5)||5-40|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DENVER 27, NY GIANTS 22|
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|10/6/2013||@ DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/13/2013||JACKSONVILLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/15/2013||DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/22/2013||@ CAROLINA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/29/2013||@ KANSAS CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/6/2013||PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/10/2013||@ CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|DENVER: This is basically Peyton Manning's offense, which means they take what opponents give them when it comes to the running game. Offensive line coach Dave Magazu has brought zone blocking back to Denver, even if it's not to the extent that it was during the Mike Shanahan heyday. Rookie Montee Ball should lead the committee, as he's their best runner and an effective pass protector; there's no such thing as a 'running down' with Manning. It will essentially be a hot hand situation between Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman for the rest of the snaps.
Manning is essentially doing the same thing he did in Indianapolis. It's a lot of pre-snap adjustments and, because of his deteriorating arm strength, more quick hitters. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker will work on the outside as receiver 1 and 1A. They'll go to a three-receiver base with Wes Welker coming in, and the former Patriot will likely take over as Manning's No. 1 target. Joel Dreessen is more of a blocking tight end, though he does see a few safety-valve targets. Jacob Tamme's playing time figures to drop with Welker's arrival. The Broncos remained a balanced team in the red zone, mostly because opponents often kept extra defensive backs on the field against Manning.
The Broncos tied the NFL lead with 52 sacks in their first year under DC Jack Del Rio in 2012, but departed with DE Elvis Dumervil (11 sacks) due to an agent fax machine error. However, OLB Von Miller (18.5 sacks) remains along with versatile OLB Wesley Woodyard (117 tackles). The addition of playmaking CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (16 INT, 4 TD in career) helps make up for losing CB Tracy Porter, and future Hall-of-Famer CB Champ Bailey is still playing at a high level. Having the NFL's easiest schedule also helps a lot.|
|NY GIANTS: The Giants have moved toward a zone-blocking scheme more and more in past years, and it appears they're ready to make a wholesale change this year. Second-year RB David Wilson fits best in a one-cut system, as does tandem back Andre Brown. Wilson figures to see the bulk of the early down snaps. But he's still a work in progress as far as blitz pick-up goes, so he'll head to the sideline in most passing situations. Andre Brown will take third downs and will likely end up taking short-yardage duties.
Eli Manning has pretty much taken over this offense, adjusting plays at the line like his brother (minus the theatrics). They'll continue to run a lot of three-receiver sets, and Manning's at his best working off play-action. Hakeem Nicks, presumably healthy again, works primarily on the outside as a big-play threat. But Manning's favorite targets have traditionally worked out of the slot, which will be Victor Cruz's spot in three-wide looks. Manning will also use TE Brandon Myers as his main check-down option, as the backs usually stay in to protect. Third receiver Reuben Randle will play outside as a field-stretching option. The Giants stayed relatively run-based in the red zone last year, and Brown figures to take a good amount of the reps down there this year.
Although the Giants allowed the second-most yards in the NFL, they also forced 35 turnovers (3rd in NFL) with FS Stevie Brown getting six interceptions. The defensive line is too talented with DEs Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck to record just 33 sacks again (22nd in NFL), and a better pass rush will certainly help their beleaguered secondary, which expects CB Prince Amukamara, 24, to dominate. The defense added seven new defenders this offseason, but DT Cullen Jenkins is the only projected starter of this bunch.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (DENVER-NY GIANTS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates with Broncos CB Bailey out)
*Broncos-Giants Preview* ========================
By TOM CASTRO STATS Senior Editor
A record-setting performance has Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos flying high as they roll into MetLife Stadium. Eli Manning can't say the same as he and the New York Giants look to get back on track after a disheartening season-opening effort.
The third installment of the "Manning Bowl" will involve a new team as Peyton looks to improve to 3-0 against his brother Sunday.
The Broncos opened the NFL season in spectacular fashion with a 49-27 victory over Super Bowl champion Baltimore last Thursday. Manning delivered an NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes and no interceptions along with 462 yards through the air.
"This was a good start to a new season for us," Manning said. "... So, it's just a start, get a couple days' extra preparation for Week 2."
Five of the TDs came in the second half as Denver avenged last season's stunning playoff loss to the Ravens.
"It's something ridiculous," said tight end Julius Thomas, on the receiving end of Manning's first two TD throws. "I think a couple guys were joking, we were saying it's like Madden - the only time you get to throw seven touchdowns."
Julius Thomas had 110 yards on five catches while Demaryius Thomas had 161 on five along with two scores.
Denver did fumble three times, losing two, but its turnover problem paled in comparison to that of New York. Eli Manning threw three interceptions - one on a late potential go-ahead drive - and starting running back David Wilson lost two fumbles, one of which was returned for a touchdown, in the Giants' 36-31 defeat at Dallas last Sunday night. New York turned it over six times in total.
"David Wilson is a very talented young man, who we need to be productive," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We have been down this road before. We can help him be a better ball carrier, a better secure ball carrier."
The team wasn't taking any chances, bringing back longtime Giant Brandon Jacobs on Tuesday after he spent a season with San Francisco to provide depth and stability behind Wilson. Coughlin refused to discuss his starting lineup for this game Tuesday.
While the Giants still had a chance to win despite the turnover barrage, it seems highly unlikely they'll have that opportunity if they give Peyton Manning that many extra chances. He bested Eli in two matchups while with Indianapolis in 2006 and '10 before joining the Broncos before last season.
Peyton threw for 276 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a 26-21 win at Giants Stadium on Sept. 10, 2006, with Eli passing for 247 yards and two scores with one INT. On Sept. 19, 2010, in Indianapolis, Peyton was 20 for 26 for 255 yards and three TDs with no picks as the Colts rolled 38-14.
Eli struggled in that game, going 13 for 24 for 161 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. However, he's coming off a 450-yard, four-touchdown performance last week.
"You do take a moment there to realize that it is your brother over there that's the quarterback for the New York Giants in the NFL, the same person that you grew up with, so it is unique and I think you take a moment to realize that it is special," Peyton Manning said.
Three of Eli's TDs against the Cowboys went to Victor Cruz, but his pass that bounced off running back Da'Rel Scott's arm and was returned 49 yards for a touchdown with 1:50 left was too much to overcome.
The Broncos seemed to realize this week that the giveaways masked a dynamic performance through the air - and suggests that a shootout between the Manning brothers could be on tap.
"That tells you about what kind of team they are, to have that many turnovers and still be around and still be competing for the win," Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho told the team's official website. "They're a dangerous team and they're a good team and we know that. That's how we're going to approach it."
Denver cornerback Champ Bailey has been ruled out again after missing the opener with a sprained left foot. He'll again be replaced by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Starting middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard (ankle) remains uncertain for the Broncos.
Also without suspended All-Pro linebacker Von Miller, Denver still delivered four sacks - 2 1/2 from linebacker Shaun Phillips - and limited Baltimore to 58 yards rushing.
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.
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.
The Giants have won three straight home games in this series, the last such meeting coming in 2005. The Broncos won 26-6 in Denver on Nov. 26, 2009, in the most recent matchup.
That one included only one Manning.
"It's still neat. It doesn't happen very often. It is neat to see your big brother there on the sideline or seeing him before the game," Eli Manning said. "Those moments are the things you remember and will remember for a long time.
"Hopefully when I think back on these games that we've played against opposing teams with my brother, I can think and remember at least one win."
|Last Updated: 1/22/2018 6:28:26 PM EST|