It will be a Sunday night civil war in the Manning household when the Indianapolis Colts play host to the New York Giants this weekend in the NFL gambling action and Archie and Olivia will have to choose which son they love more.
Aside from all the family angles which have already been played to death there are some serious football questions to answer when these two teams take the field.
For the Colts, the defense, especially the run defense, must improve and get used to life without S Bob Sanders…again.
For the Giants, the offense needs to tighten up, cut down on mistakes and try and establish a run game.
In Week 1 both of these team struggled in these areas and neither one is likely to make a postseason run unless these mistakes are fixed.
The Giants problems might be easier to fix than the Colts and despite playing sloppy New York still managed to put 31 points on the board and rack up 376 total net yards (118 yards rushing, 258 yards passing). Still Eli Manning threw 3 TDs and the running game ought to be able to do better against a weak Carolina team.
New York’s young receiving corps looked good, especially Hakeem Nicks who grabbed all three of Manning’s TD passes. Mario Manningham had 4 catches for 85 yards and Steve Smith had 5 for 43 in a very balanced passing attack. Manning must cut down on INTs (3 last week) and he most likely will.
The Giants running needs to perform better as well as the coaching staff will likely look to pound the weak Colts’ run defense into submission in an attempt to score points and burn up the clock. It worked for the Texans last week (250+ rushing yards) and the Giants will look to duplicate that success.
For Indy the run defense must get better and it must get better fast or this team will be watching the playoffs from home.