I bet when you heard that the Denver Broncos and the New York Giants would be facing off this week, you assumed that Peyton and Eli Manning would be having themselves a shootout. With both coming off games passing for over 400 yards last week, each team would have to have hit at least 20 points apiece.
Well, that’s not exactly what’s happened so far today as Peyton’s Broncos lead Eli’s G-Men 10-9 at the half.
The majority of the reasoning behind such a low scoring affair has a lot to do with the superior play of both team’s secondaries. As much talent as there is on the field today at the wide receiver position with the likes of Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, they’ve been covered rather well. Especially for the Giants, this is a huge improvement from what we saw out of that unit last week against the Cowboys.
Another improvement has been the lack of turnovers so far. David Wilson has seemed to settle himself in. Through one half, Wilson has rushed for 17 yards on six carries–but, more importantly, he hasn’t put the ball on the ground yet. Speaking of the Giants backfield, we did get to see the return of Brandon Jacobs early in this one. The former Giants backfield staple has just two yards on four carries.
As far as the brotherly love battle between Peyton and Eli at QB, that’s been fairly even. Peyton is 18-of-29 for 200 yards, while Eli is 11-of-21 for 180 yards with a late interception thrown in the second quarter just before the half ended.
The lone touchdown in the game so far was a 20-yard TD run from Denver running back Knowshon Moreno.