Eli Manning and the New York Giants are preparing to take on his brother Peyton and the Denver Broncos on Sunday. With most of the focus on the Manning brothers, let's discuss which quarterback is more likely to have a successful game on Sunday afternoon.
I am expecting an even matchup on Sunday, as both quarterbacks have winning in their DNA. The game should be a back-and-forth affair, with the winner likely to be decided in the fourth quarter.
However, both teams are battling the injury bug, which could alter the outcome of the game.
Peyton Manning may start the game with an advantage, as Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara's status for the game is still in doubt.
According to the Star-Ledger's Connor Orr, via nj.com, Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is worried that Amukamara may not play, as Fewell said losing the young corner would be a "big blow, a real big blow."
However, Orr reported that head coach Tom Coughlin is trying to remain optimistic that Amukamara will play.
He seems to be fine, Coughlin said. I can't get him to tell me he's had any issues. But he did the same thing the night of the game too, so we'll see... If he gets a good day's work tomorrow, he has a good chance barring setbacks.
The younger Manning may also be working against a banged up secondary, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that in addition to Amukamara’s questionable status for the game, Denver cornerback Champ Bailey is also battling injury problems, via Twitter:
With Bailey not practicing all week, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported that Denver executive V.P. of football operations John Elway believes Bailey will play on Sunday.
Last Thursday, as the Broncos prepared to face the Ravens without cornerback Champ Bailey, executive V.P. of football operations John Elway told Liam McHugh and some other guy on a special edition of NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk that Bailey would be likely to play in Week Two.
Despite both secondaries dealing with injuries, Peyton Manning still has the advantage. His performance against Baltimore last week reminded us of one thing: Peyton does not turn the ball over too much.
Eli tossed four touchdowns last week against Dallas compared to Peyton's seven against Baltimore, but the younger Manning brother also threw three interceptions while Peyton did not throw any.
Also, keep in mind that Peyton's performance last week was among his greatest ever as he was rewarded by the league, per Trey Wingo's Twitter account:
With New York's best player in the secondary hurt, look for the reigning AFC Offensive Player of the Week to put up great numbers against New York. Eli's competitive drive will keep the game close for a while, but I believe Peyton and the Broncos will come away victorious.