The best brother tandem in pro sports will once again face off on Sunday when Eli Manning leads the Giants against older brother Peyton’s Broncos.
Much like the lead-up to last week’s Buccaneers-Jets game that was dominated by Darrelle Revis’ homecoming, the Mannings rule the conversation heading into the Giants’ home opener. But there’s more going on this weekend than Manning Bowl III. Here’s a look at the big storylines:
Can Wilson be trusted?
Last year, running back David Wilson fumbled in Week 1. It took him three months to receive double-digit carries after that. But that was when Tom Coughlin could call upon Ahmad Bradshaw and a healthy Andre Brown. With Da’Rel Scott, rookie Michael Cox and the shadow of Brandon Jacobs as alternatives, it will be interesting to see how much leeway Wilson gets now that he’s the clear starter.
Will Eli bounce back?
The last time the Giants’ quarterback threw three interceptions — as he did on Sunday’s 36-31 loss to the Cowboys — was Week 2 last season against the Bucs. The following week, he didn’t throw any. Manning has shown an ability to move on from regrettable performances. At least the Broncos’ secondary could be without future Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey for the second game in a row.
Can Peyton be stopped?
The Broncos’ Manning looked as good as any passer ever has when he threw seven touchdown passes and racked up 462 passing yards in last Thursday’s win against the Ravens. Meanwhile, an already hobbled Giants secondary lost cornerback Prince Amukamara to a concussion. Even if the latter plays Sunday, it will be a tall order to keep the four-time MVP in check.