Peyton Manning Visits Eli At Giants Facility, Provides ‘Tips’ To Beat Steelers

If you’ve been following the commercials this season, you know where future Hall of Famer quarterback Peyton Manning has been spending most of his time lately: on the couch, watching football. Or on a park bench, watching football. Or calling Eli Manning from his couch to come over and watch football.

Peyton evidently got tired of his phone calls not being answered, so it took matters into his own hands and visited the New York Giants’ facility, where he paid his brother and the team a visit, and even talked a little football. According to Jordan Raanan for ESPN, he also provided Eli with “a few tips in the quarterback meeting room for how the Giants can attack the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense this weekend”.

You might recall that Peyton Manning has played the Steelers a number of times over the years, most recently in the playoffs during the 2015 season, during which his Broncos were able to take Pittsburgh down in the final minutes of the game. It wasn’t exactly the performance of an offensive juggernaut, but he was on the downward slide of his career.

The last time before that that Manning faced the Steelers was in the season opener of the 2012 season, which was his first with the Broncos. Manning was very efficient in that game, leading Denver to a 31-19 victory, completing 19 of 26 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for a quarterback rating of 129.2.

So what exactly did Peyton provide his brother with about the Steelers? Eli wouldn’t go into great detail, beyond simply saying that “he gave some insight” about “some stuff that was successful”. Eli said that Peyton has “played Pittsburgh a lot over the years. Played them last year in the playoffs. So he just had a few tips or ideas that may fit into our system”.

Peyton also apparently had the opportunity to address the entire Giants team following practice to discuss a variety of things, both about the fundamentals as well as about the experience of playing in the NFL, and the opportunity that it presents.

Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard also noted that Eli “wasn’t very talkative today”, with a smile. “I guess it was because big brother was in town”. The rookie wide receiver may want to be careful or he won’t find himself seeing many targets again this week.

Of course it figures that it would be the week the Giants face the Steelers that Peyton Manning decides to come visit his brother during the course of the season, arguably the only quarterback of this generation who was truly, essentially, his own offensive coordinator.

Eli hasn’t been having his best season, but he has improved lately. 12 of his 20 touchdown passes have come in November, for example, including three touchdown passes in his last game, which was New York’s eighth win of the season, over the Browns.

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  • DoctorNoah

    Must suck to always live in the shadow of your sibling.

  • Steve Johnson

    I think this will be the Steelers toughest test down the stretch. Not because Peyton visited Eli and the Giants, but because they have three WR’s and a TE that could potentially give the Steelers young secondary fits. The Front Seven will have to apply pressure on Eli in order for them to have a chance.

  • Nolrog

    I don’t think Peyton lives in Eli’s shadow.

  • Nolrog

    They also have a very good defense that should be able to pressure Ben without blitzing. And if ODB is on, he’s one of the best receivers in the game. Going to give that secondary fits!

  • Dobre_Shunka

    Anyone look up Peyton’s all-time record against the Steelers?

  • RickM

    4-2 including playoffs supposedly.

  • Dobre_Shunka

    Thanks. I’m surprised it’s that good.

  • DoctorNoah

    I think Eli lives in Punxatawney Phil’s shadow.

  • RickM

    Apologies. I should have checked the trusty Football Database that catalogues all historical games (e.g. Pittsburgh vs Indianapolis and Pittsburgh vs Denver). I get him at 3-3 overall. It’s a quick calculation but there were games where Kerry Collins, Tim Tebow and Brock Osweiler started in his place, so not quite as straightforward. .500 against us.

  • srdan



    The Giants have spent a lot of FA money and have some great pcs on DEF. We knoww JPP can rush the passer and Vernon is coming on of late.

    The PA stat line indicates 5th in the league, but when you look at their last 6 games all wins…BAL, @LA, PHI, CIN, CHI, @CLE…I’m not as fearful…they haven’t faced an OFC/QB of the Steelers caliber in any of those games.

    On the flip, their OFC is not ranked nearly as high, but their weapons outside and in the slot are all dangerous…I’m more fearful of that group to be honest. They don’t run it real well, so I’m hopeful they can get pressure on Eli…rushing 4 and zoning off the back is not going to keep them under 24 pts imo….at the same time he can’t give him a steady diet of man coverage and blitzing either…gotta mix it up.

  • pittfan

    what would suck is having a resume like Eli’s and feeling like you live in anybody’s shadow. the dude has had a great career. just hope he sux on sunday

  • will

    LOL…I get it!

  • StrengthOfVictory

    In so many ways, I really hate anecdotes like this. Because it shows that the Steelers (on some level) are and have been predictable for years. Remember when Carson Palmer played for the Raiders years back, and he embarrassed the Steelers in Oakland by basically calling his own plays? And how did he do that? Simple. After the game, Palmer said the Steelers were doing all the same things on defense he remembered seeing when he played for the Bengals.

    And it doesn’t stop there. Seems to me Brady and Harbaugh have the same notes. And they work. “Oh, the Steelers? Easy. They never change. Just do this.”

  • srdan

    Geez, you really-really think it’s that simple?

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Of course there’s a bit of hyperbole here. But I do think there’s enough to suggest the Steelers are stubborn—sometimes to a fault. And that they have predictable patterns that have allowed savvy opponents to take advantage.

  • budabar

    You’ll need a great DEF

  • Steelers12

    it’s not like Peyton owned the Steelers so he can give as many tips as he wants

  • Dobre_Shunka

    Thanks again and I don’t think any of us will ever forget that Tim Tebow start….

  • LucasY59

    his advice “fall down, get up and throw the long ball”

    his other advice “hope their RB fumbles the ball away”

    and the most effective “have a D that can win the game for you”

  • RickM

    How true!

  • LucasY59

    Haha, now there is a article posted on here that has Moats talking about the fall down throw advice