For Giants quarterback Eli Manning, insight on the Steelers defense was a phone call away.
Big brother Peyton Manning of the Broncos beat the Steelers in Week 1.
“I talked to him a little bit,” Eli Manning said. “We talked a little football. I asked if they had anything and he said what they do is what they always do and they have good players and a good scheme. He didn't have anything earth-shattering to tell me that I wouldn't see from previous games that we played against them over the years or just watching the film from this year.”
The Steelers' lineup has changed from when Peyton Manning saw it. Safety Troy Polamalu is out with a calf injury, and linebacker James Harrison is back after missing the Broncos game following knee surgery.
Mannings vs. Steelers
The Mannings have been fairly successful against the Steelers during their careers. Peyton is 3-1 during the regular season with 1,042 yards passing, eight touchdowns and four interceptions. Eli is 1-1 with 381 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Peyton Manning lost the biggest game by a Manning brother against Pittsburgh — the 2005 season playoff game when the Colts were Super Bowl favorites.
Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger have won four Super Bowls between them, yet Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor is surprised when he hears Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees referred to as the best quarterback this side of Tom Brady.
“Eli's been doing this for a long time, and other than our quarterback, I feel like Eli is the most underrated quarterback in the league,” Taylor said. “I don't know why he doesn't get the recognition. Both of them have Super Bowls, and that tells you right there.”
Alan Robinson and Mark Kaboly are staff writers for Trib Total Media. Robinson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Kaboly can be reached at email@example.com.
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