Eli Manning might have an edge against the Bengals after getting some reconnaissance from big brother Peyton. The Broncos beat the Bengals, 31-23, Sunday, and Peyton was able to pass some information along to Eli for this week's game.
"I'll talk to him a little bit," Eli Manning said Wednesday. "I talked to him [Tuesday] about their game and if there's any tips on certain things. We talk a little bit."
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The two have spoken often this season regarding game-planning and tips because they are playing the same divisions: the NFC South and the AFC North.
"We didn't realize that until this week,'' Peyton said after the game in Cincinnati. "I gave him some Pittsburgh thoughts and we've always done that throughout our time together.''
This, though, is different because the Mannings are playing the same team in consecutive weeks. It's only the third time that's happened, and the first time Peyton went first.
The first time was in 2004. The Ravens beat the Giants, 37-14, in Eli's worst game as a pro Nov. 12. A week later, Peyton avenged the family name with a 20-17 win for the Colts. Eli, a rookie, likely provided little in the way of a scouting report because he spent most of that game unable to figure out who the middle linebacker was.
Then, in 2006, the Titans swept the Mannings in consecutive games. First up was Eli on Nov. 26, and the Giants lost, 24-21. The Titans won, 20-17, against the Colts the following week.
Peyton said he gave Eli tips on the Steelers, and that certainly didn't help much. But every little grain of information adds up.
"We have a little different offense on certain things, but you can see what they do on third down, what they do in the red zone, what are some of their looks," Eli said of watching Peyton play an upcoming opponent. "For every game it's helpful to watch."