ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk says that both Peyton and Eli Manning were glad to see the Giants-Colts game early on the schedule so they don't have to spend the season talking about their matchup. Peyton is regarded as one of the smartest players in the league, but he told the New York media that Eli's no slouch in that department:
"I think Eli is at the top," said the Colts quarterback. "I've never said that I know it better than anybody else, and sometimes people assume things or give me credit for things that may not necessarily be true. Eli is an experienced NFL quarterback that plays probably in the toughest division in football. He sees tremendously complicated defenses every single week, but always twice a year from Philadelphia, the Redskins and the Cowboys. He's seen three different [defensive] coordinators on his team the past three years, which every day in practice, he is seeing different looks. He hasn't missed a start. It'd be hard to find a guy who knows more about defense and is experienced like Eli."
Interesting that the best player from the mighty AFC South would say that about the Beast. Take that, Paul Kuharsky.