Peyton got the best of his younger brother in yesterday’s “Manning Bowl” as the Denver Broncos beat the Giants on the road 41-23. Peyton’s two touchdown passes bettered Eli’s four interceptions as the elder Manning went on to win for the third time against his younger brother.
Much like their first game of the 2013 NFL season, Peyton Manning and the Broncos got off to a slow start. The first half ended with a 10-9 Bronco lead with nothing exciting happening except for Knowshon Moreno’s 20-yard touchdown run.
"We need to come out and do a better job in the first half and not wait 'til the second half two weeks in a row,'' said Manning.
Much like their route against the Ravens in Week 1, the Broncos made excellent halftime adjustments and finished strong against a good New York Giants football team. Peyton connected with Wes Welker for a 2-yard touchdown pass, Moreno doubled his touchdown tally with another long run, Julius Thomas converted his third touchdown of the year and Trindon Holliday returned a punt 81 yards for a Denver touchdown.
The Denver defense succeeded against the Giants offense without two of their best players, Champ Bailey and Von Miller. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted a pass intended for Hakeem Nicks in the end zone to bring an end to the first half. Rahim Moore and Tony Carter also picked off Eli Manning in the end zone while Chris Harris accounted for the fourth interception by the Broncos secondary. Making up for his bonehead fumble in the end zone against Baltimore, Danny Trevathan lead the Broncos’ defense with 10 tackles and one sack.
The Broncos look like the best team in football, hands down. They host the Oakland Raiders next Monday night hopeful to start the season 3-0.