EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — If it were any other week, Eli Manning might have said a lot of nice things about his brother, Peyton.
This week is tough, though. The New York Giants are playing Peyton’s Denver Broncos on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, and all the focus is on the brothers. So Eli played it straight.
He talked family, growing up with Peyton and their older brother Cooper, and the love that binds them.
“They were good big brothers,” Eli said. “I am sure I took a little torture like any little brother should, some deserved at some point. I think at the time I didn’t like it, but it toughened me up a little. Overall, Peyton and Cooper have been great big brothers and have supported me and helped me. We are very close. We rely on each other for advice and guidance in anything that might be happening in our lives.”
Peyton and Eli will probably talk some time before Sunday’s game, but it won’t be the normal conversation. Usually, they discuss opponents and try to help each other.
It’s just not going to happen that way this week, especially with the Giants (0-1) coming off a self-inflicted, six-turnover loss at Dallas and the Broncos (1-0) off to a great start following a seven-touchdown passing performance by Peyton in a season-opening win over defending champion Baltimore.
The Giants need a win.
“That’s the only aspect that there is,” said Eli, who has led the Giants to two Super Bowls titles, one more than Peyton. “It’s a big game. We’re playing an extremely talented team. We’d like to go out there and play better than we did last week and find a way to win the game and hopefully get our first win of the season.”
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Source: CBS local New York