As noted by the Associated Press, the seven touchdowns tied an NFL record for most in a single game:
The Baltimore Ravens were helpless to stop Manning and his insane receiving corps, and the Giants don't have the personnel to cover the quartet of pass-catching options at his disposal this week, either.
Eric Decker, who hauled in 85 passes for 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns last year, was as quiet as a church mouse in the game, catching just two passes for 32 yards. He had a miserable game, dropping a few passes, which makes Manning's performance all the more impressive.
With four dynamic playmakers available to Manning on any given pass play, someone will get open more often than not. This was evident against the Ravens, and it'll be a common theme throughout the season.
Making matters worse for opposing defenses—in this case, the Giants in Week 2—Manning is the master of manipulation at the line of scrimmage before the snap. He knows what the defense is planning to do most of the time by sight, and he makes adjustments better than anyone in the game.
Case in point: According to Pro Football Focus, Manning was outstanding against the blitz last week, and he was equally as potent on play-action passes:
vs the Blitz last night Peyton Manning had a passer rating of 149.3. 3 of 7 TDs were vs Blitz— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 6, 2013
Last night Manning went 7-of-12 for 198 yards & 4 touchdowns on 14 play action drop backs (2 sacks). 133.9 QB rating.— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 6, 2013
He's the ultimate trickster, and his tricks usually work.
Dominant defenses can slow Manning and his receivers down. We saw the Ravens do it last season in the playoffs, as he threw two interceptions—one of which was the game-sealing play for Baltimore.
Even the best defenses in the league can't stop the future Hall of Famer, however, and New York doesn't feature one of the best defenses—not even close.
But as a result of double-teaming Bryant, Miles Austin, Jason Witten and DeMarco Murray each caught at least eight passes.
New York won't be able to double any Broncos receivers on Sunday without facing some dire consequences. With his four playmakers, anyone who is doubled just opens the door for a huge play for one of the other three.
The emergence of Julius Thomas is the icing on the cake for Denver's offense this year. His ability to make plays in the middle opens up the rest of the field, and we saw the results of that outcome last Thursday.
Giants starting linebacker Dan Connor and cornerback Prince Amukamara are both dealing with injuries this week. Connor left the game with a stinger on Sunday, as noted by Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, and Amukamara has yet to practice this week while recovering from a concussion, as noted by ESPN New York:
Dan Connor has a burner, return questionable. Had same problem in last preseason game. #nyg— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) September 9, 2013
CB Amukamara (concussion) sits out practice http://t.co/s0QQpShHTx— ESPN New York (@ESPNNewYork) September 11, 2013
How many TDs will Peyton Manning have against the Giants?
After losing Stevie Brown during the preseason to an ACL injury, the Giants secondary is in danger of falling apart completely this Sunday against Manning and company.
It would be foolish to assume that Manning will match his historic seven-touchdown outburst this week, but there's no doubt that he is going to have another huge game against Eli Manning and the Giants.
And given the sad state of affairs on the Giants offensive line, the younger Manning is likely going to face a thrashing akin to what his elder brother did to him when they were children.
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