The Manning brothers come into this season with a new light. Peyton has a new coach, Jim Caldwell takes over for the retired Tony Dungy. Eli doesn't have Plaxico anymore and will look to use rookie Hakeem Nick's size and athleticism to help fill the void. The many boys are two and three years removed from a Super Bowl title, so which one will be the next to claim number two?
Both quarterbacks come into tough situations this season. They both play in tough divisions and will face new problems with missing familiar faces. Yet these two brothers are professional quarterbacks and have won many games in the past. It's new challenges that both will take in stride and make their respected teams better.
Realistically the Giants and Colts both have good chances to make the playoffs this season. How both quarterbacks handle the new situations they find themselves in will be a leading indicator to how they perform on the football field.
In the NFC East, the Giants have been the team to beat over the last two years. Last year, they went 12-4 and won the division. They were then upset at home by the Eagles in the divisional round. Just like they upset Dallas in 2008 on the way to their Super Bowl title.
Eli Manning still has a powerful running game in Jacobs and Bradshaw. The arguably have one of the strongest defenses in the NFL. Defenses win championships and as long as Eli and his offense can get on the same page early on this team will do just fine.
Peyton Manning is going into uncharted territory with Jim Caldwell as the new head coach. Although there is no Tony Dungy, he will also be without Marvin Harrison for the first time. Then again we are talking about Peyton Manning one of the top quarterbacks in the game today.
In the AFC South, there will be heavy competition once again. The Titans are the defending division champions and will be a tough opponent. Don't sleep on either the Jaguars or Texans either, they have both made changes that they hope transition into more wins this season.
Peyton won his Super Bowl title in 2007, while Eli made history when he and the Giants defeated the Patriots in 2008. They led both their teams throughout the season, and even at times when it looked bad, they overcame adversity.
Moving forward, the team that has the better chance to win a Super Bowl this season is the New York Giants. Eli Manning has some adjusting to do, but it is nothing he can't handle. Coughlin will have his team ready to make another championship run.
There are too many questions surrounding the Colts. Safety Bob Sanders is still recovering from a knee injury. Who knows how effective Joseph Addai is going to be this season. Peyton has the talent to succeed but I don't think year one is the big one for coach Caldwell.
Peyton and Eli have been successful thus far in their respected careers. There's obviously more work to get done, but imagine the excitement of a Manning Bowl. Watch out for both the Colts and Giants this season as the Manning family looks to add to the collection of Super Bowl Rings.