EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Welcome to Manning Bowl III, the last topic Peyton and Eli want to discuss.
In any other week, the two Super Bowl MVPs don't hesitate to discuss the other. With the Broncos (1-0) facing the Giants (0-1) Sunday at MetLife Stadium, their reluctance about discussing their sibling shows. They don't encourage the appearance that the game is Eli vs. Peyton and the other players don't matter.
On Peyton's conference call with the New York-area media this week, Peyton answered 10 minutes of questions about Eli and himself. Finally, the 37-year-old big brother wondered aloud if anyone was going to ask him about the Giants' defense.
Eli and Peyton usually talk at least once a week. This week they are also sharing information with teammates.
"It's still neat because it doesn't happen very often and it is neat seeing your big brother on the sideline or seeing him before the game," Eli said." Those moments are the things you remember and we'll remember for a long time."
Peyton won the first two games against Eli while playing with the Colts:26-21 in 2006 and 38-14 in 2010.
"Playing against your brother in an NFL game, it's a little bit different than playing against him in Little League baseball, or whatnot," Peyton said. "It's significant, I think for he and I.
Here are five things to watch when the Broncos and Giants meet:
EXPECT FIREWORKS: Peyton (462) and Eli (450) combined for 11 touchdown passes last week, and the Giants would have had a lot more points had they not turned the ball over six times in their 36-31 loss to Dallas. Neither team ran the ball well. This could be an air show.
WILSON WOES: Giants running back David Wilson will be a marked man after fumbling twice against Dallas, with one being returned for a touchdown. The Giants signed veteran Brandon Jacobs earlier in the week, but Da'Rel Scott may be Wilson's backup.
RIDE 'EM BRONCS: Denver has won 12 straight regular-season games, the NFL's longest active streak. Their only recent loss was the stunner the Ravens manufactured in the postseason. It's no wonder everyone thinks Peyton and company will be back here for the Super Bowl in February.
PRESSURE, PRESSURE, PRESSURE: While the Giants can win a shootout, their best chance is to find a way to get pressure on Peyton. DE Jason Pierre-Paul should be better in his second game of the season and a healthy Justin Tuck looks like a new player. Expect the Giants to use a lot of nickel and dime schemes.
NOT ALL PEYTON: Denver's defense held Ray Rice to 36 yards rushing and the Ravens to 58 overall on the ground. Backup linebacker Shaun Phillips had 2? sacks playing for the suspended Von Miller in passing situations; cornerback Chris Harris had an interception; and linebacker Danny Trevathan should have scored a defensive touchdown.