Peyton Manning and his brother Eli run through drills during a workout at Duke's Pascal Field House in Durham, North Carolina, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
KUSA - Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said Wednesday he's excited to play against his brother again, but the hype sometimes seems to be greater than the game.
Denver plays at the New York Giants on Sunday, and the Manning brothers will face each other for the third and possibly last time in their careers. Eli Manning has been with the Giants since 2004, and the two squared off in 2006 and again in 2010.
"I'm glad we only have to talk about it one week," Peyton said during his weekly news conference at Dove Valley. Manning added that when he was on a teleconference earlier in the day with the New York media there was "not one question about the Giants defense. I had to force it in there myself."
Manning said there will be a time to reflect on the brotherly achievement, but then it's on to trying to beat the Giants.
"You do take a moment to realize that that is your brother over there as the quarterback of the New York Giants in the NFL and he's the same person you grew up with," Manning said. "It's unique and I think you take a moment to realize that it is special, but once the game gets started ... the focus is on their defense."
Manning said playing on the road against a team that has a good defense and is tough at home is the focus, not playing Eli. Coming off a big passing game, Manning says the Broncos' offense has to "more balanced this week."
"It's significant for he and I, but because it's a team sport the focus has to be on doing your job to help the team get ready to play," Manning said. "This will be the third time, and possibly the last time, so I will take a moment to reflect, whenever that is."
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