New York Giants: 5 Players to Watch vs. Denver Broncos

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New York Giants: 5 Players to Watch vs. Denver Broncos
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

This week, the New York Giants will be looking to avoid their first 0-2 regular-season start since 2007, when they dropped back-to-back games at Dallas and at home against Green Bay.

The task, however, won't be an easy one, as the Giants open at home against the high-flying Denver Broncos, whose future Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton Manning, lit up the scoreboard with seven touchdown passes against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

Giants’ cornerback Terrell Thomas, who emphasized that he has all the respect in the world for Manning and the Broncos, has a theory for why Denver was so wildly successful against the Ravens in the second half of their regular season opener.

"If you watch the game, they (the Ravens) got out of their game plan in the second half," Thomas said. "Peyton caught them off balance a lot of plays. More than anything, they weren’t set. I think he was dictating to them compared to the first half."

So does that mean that Manning and Company can expect another high-scoring affair against the Giants?

Obviously, New York is vowing that it won't happen, but lest anyone think that the Giants are simply engaging in dreaming, just look at their success last year against two other potent passing offenses.

Against the New Orleans Saints, the Giants held quarterback Drew Brees and friends to 5.9 yards per pass completed and 345 net passing yards.

Against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, the Giants held them to 6.3 yards per pass completion and 201 net passing yards. Both of those games were Giants wins.

Defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka discussed what the Giants can take from those two games into this weekend's affair:

The main thing, the biggest thing, is that it’s a mindset. With this group upfront and, with the guys we have behind us, when we decide that we’re going to get there, when we decide that we’re going to go out there and play our technique, then the outcome of the game is in our hands. That’s how we feel and that’s how we’ve always felt.

Statistics aside, the Manning Bowl III promises to be the toast of the town on Sunday, as it will likely be the last regular season match-up between the two brothers' respective teams. It will take more than just a strong defensive performance against the Broncos for the Giants to come out on top.

Here's a look at five Giants who will need to have a strong game if the Giants are to win.


Note: All quotes obtained firsthand, unless otherwise noted.

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