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  • Schefter: Super Manning Showdown Brewing

    Midway through this season, it looks as if Super Bowl XLVII could be transformed into the biggest pickup football game two brothers ever played in their backyard.

    Super Bowl XLVII is waiting for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning in New Orleans, the city in which they were raised.

    It could happen. When Denver erased a 24-0 halftime deficit at San Diego in Week 6, the Broncos didn't just win a game; they unofficially won a division. It would be difficult for the Chargers to bounce back from that loss to overtake a quarterback who seems to improve each week.

    Just as he elevated the play of everyone around him in Indianapolis, Peyton Manning is doing the same in Denver. Demaryius Thomas has become one of the NFL's top playmaking wide receivers. Eric Decker has become Manning's security blanket. When Manning plays quarterback, the Broncos look better. Denver's remaining schedule -- starting Sunday in Cincinnati -- sets up for the Broncos to be one of the AFC's primary threats. Denver's nine remaining opponents have a combined record of 22-42, and only one, Baltimore, has a winning record.

    Meanwhile, it's hard to imagine an NFC East team catching the Giants. The Giants already have a 2½-game lead in the division. Even though their second-half schedule, which starts with Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, is daunting, the Giants are playing like the defending champions they are. Leading the way is Eli Manning, who has developed into football's most clutch quarterback.

    The Broncos and Giants are set up to win their divisions, play at least one home playoff game and be that close to making a Manning Super Bowl happen. New Orleans, punished by the NFL in the offseason, could get its grand consolation prize in the postseason. This could be the most high-profile meeting of brothers in sports history.

    The Mannings' high school, Isidore Newman, would be overrun with reporters. Archie and Olivia Manning would be declared homecoming king and queen. Peyton and Eli's brother, Cooper, would be more in demand than Bradley Cooper.

    At this point, a Broncos-Giants showdown is as logical as any other potential Super Bowl matchup. And it means this: Although Philadelphia is known as the City of Brotherly Love, come February, the title, at least for a week, could belong to New Orleans.
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/page/...hefter-10-spot

    Just the thought of this has me all giddy inside..
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    Manning vs Manning would be incredible enough, that's even before you consider it's in their hometown, seems like destiny to me!
    Come On You Blues! GO BRONCOS!

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    • #3
      Yeah but then he picks the Bengals to beat us. How does he think we are getting to the Super Bowl if we cant beat teams we are supposed to beat.
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      • #4
        Yes please!!!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by VenomousDB View Post
          Yeah but then he picks the Bengals to beat us. How does he think we are getting to the Super Bowl if we cant beat teams we are supposed to beat.
          He thinks we struggle but finish strong going into the playoffs and make an incredible run where we destroy the giants in the Superbowl. We put Eli so far into a hole he can't comeback from. Or something like that lol.




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          • #6
            Originally posted by VenomousDB View Post
            Yeah but then he picks the Bengals to beat us. How does he think we are getting to the Super Bowl if we cant beat teams we are supposed to beat.
            Giants lost to the Redskins twice last year without RG3, and made/won the SB.

            This Bengals game is far from a lock like most claim.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ERoyal248 View Post
              Giants lost to the Redskins twice last year without RG3, and made/won the SB.

              This Bengals game is far from a lock like most claim.
              Youre right, they arent a lock. But I still consider it a game that the Broncos should win.

              I just thought it was funny, saying how a Manning-Manning Superbowl is possible and theres a good chance it could happen...and then at the bottom Upset of the week:Bengals over Broncos.
              I dunno, whats the word..anti-climatic lol
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              • #8
                What are the chances of both Mannings' making the Super Bowl in the same season? Stranger things have happened. Both teams look to win their respective divisions and in that case the odds jump to 12-1. With both teams getting hot it is likely that both win the 1st playoff game, then the odds move to 8-1. From there it gets difficult as all the rest of the teams will be elite teams. For now all we can do is focus on our own games as we first have to get to the big game, A task that is easier said than done.
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                • #9
                  It's funny, because Schefter picked the Bengals this week...

                  Way to be a hipster.
                  Fightin' Texas Aggie c/o '16

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by EvertonBroncos View Post
                    Manning vs Manning would be incredible enough, that's even before you consider it's in their hometown, seems like destiny to me!
                    Agreed ten char

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