Eli Manning on the Colts

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning answered the media's questions on Friday about the Colts defense, the Giants defense, and playing against his big brother, Peyton on Sunday night. Check out what he had to say...

RE: The Colts defense

A: The Colts defense is very good. They were one of the top defenses in the league last year. They are built around speed. They get to a quarterback with a four-man rush and that enables them to take a lot of chances and be risky in the secondary. Whatever they see, they rush to the ball, they turn the ball over and make some big plays. We have a big challenge in front of us. Hopefully we'll be able to run the ball and, when we do pass, protect up front and hopefully we'll be able to have enough time for guys to get open.

Q: Have you, through Peyton, gotten to know any of the Colts defenders on a personal level?

A: I've met some of the players. I've been to Indianapolis before for the Final Four and met Freeney and some of the defensive players and stuff. I wouldn't say I'm close pals – I don't talk to any of them, but I've met some of the players that we'll be facing Sunday night.

Q: How intrigued are to see how this (Giants) defense performs against the Colts?

A: I think our defense (has) a big challenge in front of them, also. The Colts in the past have put some numbers up and done good things, but our defense is prepared. They've worked hard (and) they've been playing well in the preseason. They're going to be ready and they're going to be well-prepared to go out there and play fast football and hopefully make some big plays. We're going to try to do our job on offense, try to control the clock some, and try to keep their offense off the field as much as we can.

Q: How do you think Peyton is going to react to the hype of this game on Sunday night?

A: I think Peyton will do what he always does. He'll be well-prepared and hopefully our defense will step up and make some plays and make things tough on him, and our fans will be loud and those things. He's a good quarterback and it'll be good to see what happens and hope that our defense makes good plays.

Q: Do you think Peyton is the best quarterback in the NFL, and, if so, is he a benchmark for you?

A: I think Peyton is definitely one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, if not the best, and in my opinion he is the best. I like him, I like what he does, and he's definitely a benchmark in what I need to do (to) raise my level of play to get to the level that he's playing the game right now.

Q: Did you ever think to yourself that it would be great to play against Peyton someday?

A: I really never had the thought of us playing each other. It was never a dream of mine, or anything. Really the first time that it hit me that it might happen was when I was getting ready for the draft – thinking about what teams…You kind of start hearing rumors (about) what teams are interested and thinking about what's going to happen. I started thinking about, if you're in the same conference, or there's a chance you might be in the same division. That's the first time I'd ever really thought about playing each other. It was never a dream of mine where I was looking forward to this moment for a long time.

Q: After the game, will one of you rub it in a little more?

A: No. The way Peyton and my relationship is, we've never competed much. We're not the type to rub it in, or this is going to be something we brag about, or in three years it's going to come up. It's not going to be spoken about, really. I think both of us will see each other, we'll congratulate each other and wish each other well in the rest of the season. I think we'll just let it go by and go from there.


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