Seven touchdown passes against the Ravens were hardly enough to spook Antrel Rolle.
"That doesn't [scare] us,'' the Giants safety said Monday of this week's task of facing Peyton Manning and the Broncos. "This is no time for fear, and no one on this defense is going to fear Peyton.''
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That doesn't mean the Giants won't be respectful of their opponent, fraternal ties notwithstanding. Defensive end Justin Tuck said after the Cowboys game Sunday night that he was already shifting his attention to Denver and not dwelling on the mistake-riddled loss.
"We really don't have time to sit back and say 'What if?' because we've got a beast coming into town next week and that's where my focus goes,'' Tuck said.
Rolle also complimented Manning. He said it will be difficult to confuse Manning with coverages and nearly futile to try to disguise those coverages because he's seen it all in a career that began in 1998.
"We don't take anything from Peyton,'' he said. "Definitely one of the best quarterbacks to ever play this game, a Hall of Famer quarterback.''
But Rolle also said the plan will be to toss him around a little. The Giants weren't very successful doing that against Tony Romo, at least not until late in the game. They had six hits on Romo and just two sacks, in the fourth quarter on consecutive plays. They'll have to disrupt Manning earlier and more often.
"You have to do things to make him uncomfortable,'' Rolle said. "You have to rush him. You have to get some hits on him. Peyton does not like to be hit, that's one thing I'm sure of. He hates to be hit. He doesn't like to be sacked.
"We go out there and we play raw,'' Rolle added. "We're going to go after him as we do every other quarterback.''