Peyton Manning Will Shred the New York Giants Secondary in Week 2

Jesse ReedCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2013

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 24: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos in action against the St. Louis Rams at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 24, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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After passing for 462 yards with seven touchdowns in Week 1, Peyton Manning is set up for another huge game against the New York Giants on Sunday. 

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. 

Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker each caught two touchdown passes, and Andre Caldwell caught one. 

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:

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. 

Against the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants doubled Dez Bryant throughout the game, and as such he only caught four passes for 22 yards while playing with a sprained foot. 

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:

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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