You know that a regular season game is going to be hyped when it has its own name. Eli and the New York Giants will host Peyton and the Denver Broncos for Manning Bowl III, the first since Eli won his second Super Bowl MVP award and since Peyton made his move from the Indianapolis Colts. While all eyes will be on the two brothers, there are three other New York players I'll be watching as Big Blue go for their first victory of the season.
Five players to watch in Broncos at Giants: Peyton Manning
I'll get the two obvious ones out of the way first. Peyton Manning (probably) isn't throwing seven touchdowns every week, but odds are that he is drooling at the thought of playing against the depleted less-than-stellar New York secondary. The pass rush of the Giants got to Tony Romo just twice last Sunday night. That unit must do better this time around, or else Big Blue is going to get lit up in a big way.
Five players to watch in Broncos at Giants: Eli Manning
Plenty good that the Giants did at Dallas was lost in the six turnovers and the final score. Sure, his first pass of the game will forever be in the “Worst balls of his career” list, but the younger Manning did finish the contest with 450 passing yards and four touchdowns. You also can't forget that he remains winless in NFL Manning Bowl history. Safe bet is this is the last time the two will meet in the regular season. Eli is going to want to make the third time the charm.
Five players to watch in Broncos at Giants: Rueben Randle
Randle has been New York's latest future WR star since the start of summer. He lived up to the hype in Week 1, finishing the game with five catches for 101 receiving yards. What's crazy about those stats is that he was behind both Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz in yards gained. Both of those guys are healthy and ready to go, meaning they will likely get the bulk of the attention from the Denver defense. Thus, Randle should have another opportunity for a big game.
Five players to watch in Broncos at Giants: Brandon Jacobs
He's back. He has a new attitude. He is to be a key man for the Giants. How much Jacobs will play this Sunday, if at all, is yet unknown. It's possible that Jacobs could be utilized only as a blocker and during a couple of short yardage situations until he is in game shape. Maybe the Giants are smoke-screening the issue, and Jacobs is actually ready today to be a No. 2 running back. Don't be shocked if Coughlin leaves him on the bench for most, if not all, of the Broncos game. It's the uncertainty that makes Jacobs a guy to watch this week.
Five players to watch in Broncos at Giants: Prince Amukamara
Amukamara, New York's top defensive back of the preseason, left last week's game in the first half because of what was determined to be a concussion. He returned to full practice on Friday, and it appears that he will be on the field this coming Sunday. The Giants desperately need their top corner on the field against Peyton, especially if Antrel Rolle, dealing with a groin problem, is slowed or sidelined. When discussing a guy coming off of a concussion, however, there is always a worry that another could be right around the corner.