New York Giants Have Their Work Cut out for Them in 'Manning Bowl' Part III

Michael FitzpatrickFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 08:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants reacts in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half on September 8, 2013 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Andre Brown is gone until at least Week 9 due to a broken leg.

Da’Rel Scott had just 11 career carries heading into the 2013 season and suffered a knee injury during Wednesday’s practice. After being taken from the field to undergo a series of tests on his knee, the Giants listed Scott as LP (Limited Participation). According to NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk, multiple reports are saying that the MRI discovered no structural damage to Scott’s knee, and the team will continue to closely monitor the injury over the next several days.

David Wilson caught another case of fumble-itis and was benched by Tom Coughlin during the third quarter of last Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys.

Michael Cox was the second-to-last man drafted in the entire 2013 NFL draft and has yet to carry the football in a regular season NFL game.

Brandon Jacobs was just signed by the Giants on Tuesday after essentially missing all of last season in San Francisco due to a knee injury followed by a three game suspension.

Believe it or not, this is the state of the Giants backfield as we head into Week 2 of the NFL season.

In just three days, the Giants will attempt to take on the Denver Broncos, a team that many believe to be the best in the NFL right now, with a virtually non-existent running game.

To say that things could get ugly for the G-Men on Sunday afternoon might possibly be the understatement of the season.

The Giants could very well be left with no other option than to simply pray that Wilson locates a bottle of sticky glue and Jacobs somehow finds the NFL’s fountain of youth sometime between now and Sunday afternoon.

The fact that the Giants had to even depend on Scott at all last Sunday night was a testament to how dire the backfield situation had become just one week into the season.

Now that Scott may not be an option on Sunday, the Giants are essentially left with "stone hands" Wilson and the ghost of Giants past in the backfield.

If the Giants are to have any chance against Denver this weekend, the defense is going to have to play the game of their lives, while Eli Manning will have to throw for an absurd number of yards.

However, as good as Manning has been for the Giants in recent years, it’s one thing to try to win with an average—or even poor—running game. But it is quite another thing to try to win with an almost non-existent running game, particularly against a team that is likely to put a lot of points on the board.

Sunday will be the third time that Eli and Peyton Manning will face off against one another in what the media has affectionately dubbed “The Manning Bowl.”

Peyton is 2-0 in this Manning family matchup (both wins coming while he was in Indianapolis), and the Giants will probably need a minor miracle to occur on Sunday afternoon in order to stop Peyton from going 3-0 against younger brother Eli in what will—in all likelihood—be the final “Manning Bowl” of their NFL careers.

There is little question that the NFL has become more of a passing league in the past 10-15 years. However, for those of you that believe a passing game is all that matters anymore, you may want to tune into Sunday’s Giants vs. Broncos game to see a team attempt to win a football game with virtually no running game at all.

If nothing else, it should be interesting.