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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Manning brothers are statistical opposites

By ESPN Stats & Information


Ron Antonelli/Getty ImagesPeyton Manning got the better of his younger brother, again.

Peyton Manning improved to 3-0 all-time against his younger brother Eli and the two quarterbacks have begun the season by taking their teams in opposite directions.

The Denver Broncos are 2-0 for the first time since 2009, the New York Giants 0-2 for the first time since 2007 (when they won the Super Bowl).

At game’s end on Sunday, Peyton Manning had the NFL lead in touchdowns and Eli Manning was at the top of the list in interceptions.

The best of starts for Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning has 769 passing yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions through two games.

The Elias Sports Bureau notes that is the most passing yards and most touchdown throws without an interception through two games in NFL history.

The nine touchdowns are tied for the most through the first two games of a season for any NFL quarterback, matching the mark set by Charley Johnson in 1965 and tied by Drew Brees in 2009.

Peyton Manning finished 25-of-32 for 205 yards and two touchdowns on throws 10 yards downfield or fewer. Broncos receivers gained 116 yards after the catch on those short throws, their second-straight game with more than 115 yards after catch. Broncos receivers exceeded 115 yards after catch on short throws in only three games last year.

The Broncos are the sixth team in NFL history to score at least 90 points through two games, the first since the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in 2009.

The worst of starts for Eli Manning
Eli Manning is the first player to throw at least seven interceptions in his team's first two games of a season since Daunte Culpepper for the Minnesota Vikings in 2005 and the first with at least three interceptions in each of the first two games of the season since Chris Simms in 2006.

Manning’s deep ball was a big problem, as he completed 1-of-7 passes deeper than 20 yards downfield for 51 yards and two interceptions. Manning threw two interceptions all of last year on those throws, completing 41 percent of them.

Elias notes that the Giants 10 turnovers are their most through two games in team history.