Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/12/13
Week 2 of the NFL brings the Manning Bowl, which has been thus far dominated by older brother Peyton. The Broncos travel east in a game that matches up two teams of opposite Week 1 performances. Peyton Manning led the Broncos to a 49-27 shellacking of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens Meanwhile, younger brother Eli presided over a six turnover gut-wrencher for the New York Football Giants against the Dallas Cowboys. What follows are three bold predictions on how this game might shake out this Sunday in the Big Apple. 1. THE GAME WILL BE A LOW SCORING DEFENSIVE STRUGGLE.Well as much of a low  scoring defensive struggle as the Manning brothers are capable of -- 24-21 perhaps? I know the first thing that is popping into your heads. Peyton threw for 462 yards and 7 TDs while Eli had three receivers top the 100-yard mark. How can it be low scoring?While Eli Manning was 27-44 for 450 yards he contributed 3 interceptions to the astronomical turnover deficit for the G-men, he tossed four TD passes to go along with them and alsmost snatched the game from Dallas. Because of the Week 1 quarterback play for both teams, the opposing defenses will game plan for each other in that regard.Denver had two sacks, two ints, and a forced fumble against the Ravens. And Jack Del Rio will have that defense motivated to continue its momentum, if Champ Bailey is able to return, it could spell trouble for the younger Manning. Peyton Manning had all day to throw against Baltimore, but this week, with a banged up o-line taking the field against players like Justin Tuck and Mathia Kiwanuka. Peyton could be forced into thowing into the arms of Prince Amukamara, or another Giants defender.  Despite offensive explosion in the first week for both teams -- I anticipate defense playing a bigger factor in this one. Each team could have more sacks than touchdown passes2. ONE RUNNING BACK WILL HAVE AT LEAST 100+ YARDS RUSHING Because of Giants RB David Wilson’s two fumble game, the Giants re-signed Brandon Jacobs this week, this could spell trouble for a Denver defense that had trouble containing Ray Rice in the Baltimore game. The Broncos don't have a real run stuffing defensive lineman and could struggle against a pounding back like Jacobs.If David Wilson can learn to solve his fumble problems, he also has the tenacity to rumble through the Broncos' defense.On the flip side, Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball were not utilized much in Manning's Week 1 quarterback camp against Baltimore. Hillman and Ball provide a great speed/power tandem for Denver because they both fit the one-cut zone running game that the Broncos favor. Ball is also a workhorse who can pound defenses into submission, especially out of Denver's no huddle scheme. Running backs will be a major factor in this one. 3. THE GAME WON'T BE WON ON A MANNING'S RIGHT ARMBoth QBs are going to throw TD passes in this game, I'm predicting 2 a piece. I believe that these teams are more well matched than the Giants showed in Week 1 (I'm secretly hoping not, but good football sense tells me otherwise). Both Mannings are dangerous and can burn another team when left too much time in the 4th quarter. Although I give a slight skill edge to Peyton, I believe that the Manning factor essentially cancels itself out. Because of that, we will see this game decided either by a defensive play or by a last second field goal. That's right -- this one is going to be completely opposite from what you think sports fans. I, for one, can't wait until kickoff of Manning Bowl 2013.This is a big game for bragging rights in the Manning family and even though it is only week two, could have playoff implications. Peyton needs the win to continue the Broncos momentum and Eli wants to avoid going down 3-0 to his brother in head-to-head matchups. This is going to be a great game, watch out for these defenses. This one could be full of fireworks on that side of the ball. Until Sunday...
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