Coming off of a record-tying performance where he threw seven touchdowns against the defending Super Bowl champions, the Giants hope they are able to contain QB Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos offense, in the third edition of the Manning Bowl.
One thing the Giants and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell are doing to prepare, as they welcome the Broncos and Eli's older brother to MetLife Stadium for Big Blue's home opener, is study the team's past matchup with P. Manning in 2010 when he suited up for the Indianapolis Colts.
It may be tough to remember, but P.Manning and the Colts demolished the Giants on Sunday Night Football by a score of 38-14; jumping out to a quick 24-0 lead by halftime. Peyton would finish the game 255 yards, three touchdown and no interceptions, looking nearly flawless.
Looking back, the Giants plan to have a different approach this Sunday.
"There were some things we prepared for and that we did that I wouldn’t do again," Fewell said. "I felt like, from a planning standpoint, that we planned properly but it was not the best plan we could have come up with. Without trying to reveal a lot of things I learned, I would just say that we’re doing it differently."
Fewell also believes that this Giants defense is much bigger than the unit they put on the field the last time they matched up with P.Manning and even with the fire power that the Denver quarterback has, they must cover all aspects of the offense.
"We went in with the smaller lineup from a defensive standpoint and tried to say we were going to get pressure on you and do some things because you won’t run the football and he took advantage of that," Fewell said. "So definitely the mindset then was to stop the pass and not the run. That’s not my mindset this time."
The team will also look back on the ineffectiveness of the Baltimore Ravens defense last week, as they couldn't find an answer to stop P.Manning.
"There were some things that we think we’ve learned by looking at the tape," Fewell said. "I have to keep that to myself because of strategy purposes, but just looking at them there are things we can learn from."
With the addition of superstar receiver Wes Welker, the Broncos offense is as high-powered as they have ever been, leaving P.Manning with several options to attack on the field.
"With the addition of Welker, they really have a strong passing attack. I think the running game has improved. It’s a very explosive offense," Fewell said. "They can catch a screen pass and go 70 or they can catch a five-yard ball and clip the ball and move it down the field. So it’s a very potent offense."
The Giants are going to have to stop arguably one of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks if they have any chance of winning on Sunday and redeem themselves from a painful loss last week in Dallas. As Fewell told the media, "Peyton is Peyton," and that is one thing that hasn't changed over the years that the Giants defense must to be ready for.