The New York Giants will have their first home opener of the 2013 season when they host the Denver Broncos in Week 2. The Giants, who are coming off a tough lost in their season opener against NFC East rival the Dallas Cowboys, will need rebound back quickly this week and try to beat a very good Broncos team headed by quarterback Peyton Manning.
Peyton is coming off one of the best single game performances in the NFL history, when he threw seven touchdown passes in their win against the Baltimore Ravens, which gives the Giants defense a tough task to stop on Sunday.
"It's a very explosive offense", said Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. "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."
Going into this game, Fewell will take advantage of the experience of playing Peyton when the quarterback was with the Indianapolis Colts in 2010.
Fewell will look to tweak his game plan against Peyton this time.
"Without trying to reveal a lot of things I learned, I would just say that we're doing it differently," noted Fewell. "We're doing it much differently because there's some things that when you go into a contest and you have a plan against a guy like that and you come out and make some notes and try to improve on those notes that you made so when you take that test again you got your cheat sheet and you hope you're much better."
One way the Giants may be able to slow Peyton down, is getting pressure on him and dominating the line of scrimmage.
Fewell understands how big the Giants' defensive line will have to be to help get the G-Men the win.
"I think that's the mindset, period, with football," Fewell said. "The physical aspect definitely contributes, but it's a mindset period and so sometimes you can do some things that will help you from a coverage standpoint and a scheme standpoint. When you play a guy like Peyton, I think he's seen everything that's known to man. The mindset really does take over, especially in a game against a guy like him."
The Giants also don't want to have a second half performance on defense like the Ravens did. In that half the Broncos scored 35 points on the and tallied 49 total points at the end of the game.
"There were some things that we think we've learned by looking at the tape," said Fewell of watching the Broncos and Ravens matchup in Week 1. "I have to keep that to myself because of strategy purposes, but just looking at them there are things we can learn from."
The biggest thing the Giants hope to learn from that game, is to find any way to stop Peyton Manning, who if they can't find a way to stop will dominate the game and send the Giants to an 0-2 start to the season.