Peyton Wins Manning NFL Showdown as Colts Rout Giants; Jets Beat Patriots
Peyton Manning got the better of younger brother Eli as the Indianapolis Colts beat the New York Giants 38-14 to rebound from their opening-week loss.
It was the second time the Manning brothers have faced off in the National Football League and Peyton, a four-time league Most Valuable Player, is now 2-0 against Eli and the Giants.
The elder Manning passed for 255 yards and three touchdowns for the Colts, who opened a 24-0 halftime lead in Indianapolis and cruised to the victory. The Colts forced Eli Manning into three turnovers and avoided starting an NFL season with a 0-2 record for the first time since Peyton’s rookie year in 1998.
“It was a good statement and hopefully we can continue that the rest of the season,” Peyton Manning said during a news conference.
The Colts’ win last night capped a day in which the New York Jets also rebounded from a season-opening loss by beating the New England Patriots 28-14.
Mark Sanchez threw three touchdown passes for the Jets, who scored 21 straight points after falling behind 14-7 at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
“It didn’t even feel like a rebound. It just felt like we played smarter,” Sanchez said at a news conference. “It’s just tough when you lose that first game. It feels like you’re 0-10. This game couldn’t come soon enough.”
The Colts, Giants, Jets and Patriots all have 1-1 records two weeks into the regular season.
Cowboys, Vikings 0-2
The Dallas Cowboys are 0-2 for the first time in nine years after losing 27-20 yesterday to the Chicago Bears. The Minnesota Vikings have also dropped two straight, as quarterback Brett Favre had four turnovers in a 14-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Dallas was tied for the second-best odds of winning the Super Bowl entering the season at 8-1, while the Vikings were tied for sixth at 10-1. Since the NFL went to its current 12- team playoff format a decade ago, 147 of 169 teams to start 0-2 went on to miss the postseason.
“It’s frustrating,” Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who had 374 passing yards and was intercepted twice, told reporters. “We’ve got to do things better and we need to figure it out in a hurry.”
The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who had 100-1 Super Bowl odds to start the season, both won to improve to 2-0. The Chiefs held on for a 16-14 win over the Cleveland Browns and the Buccaneers beat the Carolina Panthers 20-7.
The Houston Texans are among five other teams at 2-0 after beating the Washington Redskins 30-27 in overtime.
Houston quarterback Matt Schaub passed for 497 yards and three touchdowns as the Texans rallied from a 20-7 halftime deficit. Graham Gano missed a 52-yard field goal attempt for the Redskins in overtime and Schaub drove the Texans 41 yards to set up a winning 35-yard kick by Neil Rackers.
Michael Vick threw two touchdown passes to help the Philadelphia Eagles to a 35-32 win over the Detroit Lions in his first start at quarterback in four years.
Elsewhere in Week 2, it was: Atlanta 41, Arizona 7; Cincinnati 15, Baltimore 10; Green Bay 34, Buffalo 7; Pittsburgh 19, Tennessee 11; Denver 31, Seattle 14; Oakland 16, St. Louis 14; and San Diego 38, Jacksonville 13.
The Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints play at San Francisco tonight.
At New Meadowlands Stadium, Sanchez hooked up with Jerricho Cotchery and Dustin Keller for second-half touchdowns, while the Jets’ defense held the Patriots scoreless after halftime without Darrelle Revis.
All-Pro cornerback Revis didn’t return to the game after aggravating a hamstring injury while getting beaten by Randy Moss for a second-quarter touchdown. Revis said he’ll have tests today to determine the extent of the injury.
Sanchez finished with 220 passing yards after failing to complete a pass in the first quarter. Patriots Pro Bowl quarterback Tom Brady committed three turnovers -- two interceptions and a fumble -- after halftime.
“We had a hard time doing anything in the second half,” Brady told reporters. “We couldn’t run it, we couldn’t throw it. We just sucked.”
The Colts quarterback threw for 154 yards in the first half, while his brother connected on three of eight passes for 17 yards and an interception.
Eli Manning threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham early in the third quarter. On the Giants’ next possession, he was stripped of the ball by Dwight Freeney and Fili Moala recovered the fumble for a touchdown.
Peyton threw a 10-yard scoring pass to Reggie Wayne to push the Colts’ lead to 38-7 before Eli capped the scoring by hooking up with Hakeem Nicks for a 31-yard touchdown pass with 1:52 remaining. Eli finished with 161 passing yards and fumbled twice.
“They just came out and outperformed us,” Eli said. “That’s what it came down to.”