This matchup of the brothers Manning is set to be a good one. The timing of this game has brought the matchup of the two quarterbacks to the front; both Peyton Manning and Eli Manning are at the top of their game in their careers.
Peyton’s Colts won the first two games.The first matchup in 2006, Eli was still finding his way in the league and had not established himself. The matchup in 2010 was just one of those odd games that the Giants have where they just cannot compete.
Fast forward to now, and both Peyton and Eli are considered to be top-tier quarterbacks in the NFL. Eli has won two Super Bowls and has established himself as a fourth quarter and playoff super hero. Peyton has comeback from neck surgery and picked up exactly where he left off; he started this season with a bang by throwing for seven touchdowns. Both Peyton and Eli look like they will be putting up big numbers this year.
The other aspect of this matchup is the team situations and the weapons on both offenses. Denver is a considered to be a strong contender for the Super Bowl. With Denver’s acquisition of Wes Welker, their receiving corps will be tough to contain. Demaryius Thomas also has emerged as one of Peyton’s top targets.
As for the Giants they are hoping to make the playoffs as well. Eli has a healthy Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz; those two can create mismatches all over the field.
This game will mean a lot for Eli if he can win, and would give the Giants great momentum going forward. A win for Eli will also separate him from his brother and get him out of Peyton’s shadow.
Eli and Peyton will always be compared to each other because they are brothers. With a win Eli, can show that he is on Peyton’s level and is as good or better than his brother. People always want to compare numbers between the two, and Peyton will always have better numbers. What people do not realize is they are two different kinds of quarterbacks.
If people want to hold Peyton’s amazing stats over Eli, then they should also hold Eli’s two Super Bowls over Peyton. Both Peyton and Eli will be considered two of the best quarterbacks in the game. They both will have amazing career numbers. Eli will have most likely have more Super Bowl rings than Peyton. Both will be Hall of Famers someday. When people debate over the Manning brothers they should say that Eli was just as great as his brother or better.