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5 Players Who Will Shine For The Denver Broncos in Week 2

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5 Players Who Will Shine Brightly in Week 2 For The Denver Broncos

5 Players Who Will Shine Brightly in Week 2 For The Denver Broncos
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As we move towards the second week of the NFL regular season, there are some intriguing games that jump right off the schedule.

Probably the most intriguing game, based on its quarterback star power, is the Denver Broncos at New York Giants game this Sunday. Peyton Manning will once again face his little brother Eli Manning in what myself and others would call Manning Bowl III. This will be the third time the brothers will face off against each other with Peyton having the 2-0 edge.

It is safe to say that Peyton and Eli truly hate playing against each other. The Manning boys have a love and respect for one another that is rarely seen among siblings. In addition, Peyton relentlessly roots for Eli as much as Eli relentlessly roots for Peyton. Well, their teams will matchup on Sunday when the Broncos take on the Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Peyton had an historic night in the NFL regular season opener last Thursday as the Broncos thrashed the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, passing for 462 yards and an NFL record tying seven touchdown passes. The last time this was accomplished was in 1969 when Canadian Joe Kapp threw for seven touchdowns. Wow, talk about an amazing feat by the elder Manning brother.

Eli didn’t disappoint either in the Giants' regular season opener, as he racked up some incredible stats against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night when he threw for 400 plus yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately, the Giants had six turnovers in the game which resulted in a loss. It is safe to say that if you turn the football over at a high rate in the NFL, your chances of winning are slim to none.

As we anticipate the third matchup between the Manning brothers this Sunday, five key players will allow the Broncos to be victorious in New Jersey. Here are the five players who I believe will shine for Denver in Week 2.

Randy Drautz is a Denver Nuggets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RDrautz, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5. Ryan Clady

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Ryan Clady will help keep the Giants defensive front at bay with his incredible size and technique. Mr. Clady protects Peyton's blindside and did a great job last week. He is most definitely a franchise left tackle. Need I say more?

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4. Shaun Phillips

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Shaun Phillips finally provided a much needed pass rush last week for the Broncos. Before Shaun imposed his will, the Denver defense couldn't get anywhere near Joe Flacco. Once the game really got going, Mr. Phillips wore down the Ravens offensive line with his speed and strength. Look for him to abuse the line of the Giants come Sunday and cause Eli to feel uncomfortable in the pocket.

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3. Wesley Woodyard

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Wesley Woodyard is the heart and soul of the Denver defense. He is the signal caller as well as the emotional leader for the Broncos defensively. Wesley had a tremendous game last Thursday versus the Ravens, and expect him to do the same versus the Giants. Flying all over the field at middle linebacker, Woodyard will be a defensive force.

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2. Demaryius Thomas

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Because of the Giants' suspect secondary, look for Demaryius Thomas to be his usual deep ball threat for Manning. He had two touchdown receptions and 160 plus yards receiving against the Ravens. Look for Mr. Thomas to go for 200 plus yards at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

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1. Peyton Manning

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Peyton Manning is without a doubt the most important player for the Broncos. As he showed everyone in the NFL opener, he is finally back to full strength following four neck surgeries. With the extra zip he has on the ball this season as well as a suspect secondary for the Giants, Mr. Manning will strike early and often in East Rutherford, New Jersey.