Five Keys to a Giants Victory over the Broncos
Added by Vin D'Anton on September 13, 2013.
Peyton and Eli Manning will battle at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. (Photo Credit: AP)
How this game isn’t a Sunday Night game on NBC amazes me, but this Sunday at 4:25pm on CBS, Manning Bowl III will occur at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
We all know about Week 1 when it comes to Eli and Peyton Manning. Eli, who was the second best passer after Peyton last week according to the numbers, is coming off a horrid loss against the Cowboys. He had three interceptions to go along with his four touchdown passes and 450 yards.
Peyton? Well, like most of the time, he was perfect. Unless you live under a rock, you know Eli’s older brother threw seven touchdowns and zero interceptions in a blow out of the defending champion Ravens.
With the Giants having six turnovers and Peyton throwing seven touchdowns, you would think there is no way for Eli and the gang to win their first Manning Bowl.
I beg to differ.
Here are the five keys to a New York Giants victory this Sunday:
5. Challenge the Broncos secondary: With Champ Bailey banged up and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie still learning the system, the Giants should be their typical selves and just air it out a couple times. Rahim Moore is such an over confident safety and Duke Ihenacho is making just his second career start.
All three Giants receivers went over 100 yards last week. Now, that won’t happen again for a long time, but each of them should have 50+. Hakeem Nicks is so aggressive when it comes to jump balls so just throw it up to him at least twice. Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle have the speed to do work in the slot all game.
4. Establish any kind of run game…ANY kind of run game: We get it, the Giants are a pass first team, but they are playing Peyton Manning. I am not asking for a 100-yard rusher, I am asking for just a couple nice first down runs. I don’t want to be captain obvious, but Peyton’s place needs to be the sideline.
I know Brandon Jacobs just got back, but he needs to get at least ten carries. As for David Wilson, I don’t think it is humanly possible to have another game like he did in Dallas. The kid is ready to ball out this weekend, let him do his thing.
3. Apply pressure up the middle: A smile should have ran across the faces of Giants fans last Sunday when they saw Justin Tuck doing some interior rushing (flashbacks of the glorious Super Bowl XLII). That’s where he needs to be on third down.
Crash the middle with your two very talented defensive tackles and send your linebackers on a B gap blitz every once in a while. Make Peyton move out of the pocket or the running backs bounce out, because one of the Giants three stud defensive ends will be there to greet them. On top of that, you have Antrel Rolle who can play up in the box better than anyone outside of Troy Polamalu. The only running play in a Peyton Manning offense is a draw, so clog that interior all day.
2. Score on defense: In all likelihood, each team is going to put up 28 points or more. We may see our first Manning Brothers shootout and who always wins shootouts? The team that scores on defense, or even special teams for that matter will win this football game. That is a Joe Namath like guarantee.
1. Hit Peyton early and often: Believe it or not, other than Drew Brees, the Giants beat good quarterbacks. They have beaten the crap out of Aaron Rodgers the last two times, Tom Brady we know and they know how to beat up Tony Romo.
If there is any quality of Eli’s game that is better than Peyton’s, it’s the personality and composure. Peyton is a perfectionist, he doesn’t like you ruining his plans and just a couple of hits, sacks or forced bad throws, will have him fuming on the sideline.
OK fine, he is Peyton Manning and he can find his groove at any point, but hit him early and often, and you’ll be able to keep him at bay for a while before he figures out a way to beat your scheme. He can be had though, and a couple of shots will do the job.