Manning Bowl: Peyton and Eli Leading Their Teams in Opposite Directions
Peyton and Eli Manning were opposites on Sunday as the Denver Broncos walloped the New York Giants 41-23.
They are also leading their respective teams in opposite directions two weeks into the 2013 campaign.
Eli's turnover troubles continued on Sunday, and I'm not talking about when his older brother used to steal his dessert from the dinner table.
The younger brother tossed four interceptions against the Broncos, which included an essential Hail Mary with 7:33 to play that was easily intercepted by safety Rahim Moore. The Giants converted one of 11 third-down attempts in the game.
He also accomplished this, via Chase Stuart of FootballPerspective.com:
Eli Manning is the first QB since Daunte Culpepper (2005) to throw 7 interceptions in team's first two games.— Chase Stuart (@fbgchase) September 15, 2013
Eli posted big yardage numbers like he did against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1—while tossing a touchdown that didn't mean anything with 4:10 remaining—but the interceptions were plentiful, like they were against the Cowboys.
With the Giants trailing 30-24 in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys in Week 1, it was Eli's interception that was returned for a 49-yard touchdown by cornerback Brandon Carr with 1:50 remaining, effectively ending the game.
The Giants are now 0-2.
Not a good start for the 32-year-old's squad.
Now, let's look on the flip side.
Will Eli and the Giants bounce back this season?
In Week 1, Peyton exploded against the Baltimore Ravens, going 27-of-42 for 462 yards and seven touchdowns against the defending champions.
On Sunday, he went 30-of-43 for a mere 307 yards and two touchdowns.
The 37-year-old has yet to throw an interception and the Broncos are 2-0.
The 2013 campaign could not have started any worse for Eli and the Giants, and it could not have started any better for Peyton and the Broncos.
Eli and the Giants haven't started 0-2 since the 2007 season.
Of course, that was the season they shocked the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, so while it's certainly not the end of the world, it's never a good idea to put yourself in a hole early in the season.
Peyton leads the Manning Bowl, 3-0, and he still steals Eli's dessert from the dinner table.
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