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Eli vs. Peyton: Manning family dynamic tension

Peyton Manning's seven TD passes in opener thrilled parents and siblings, but no Manning relishes next week's Broncos-Giants game.

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Peyton Manning threw seven touchdown passes Thursday night in Denver's 49-27 throttling of Baltimore in the Kickoff Opener.

His dad, Archie, had three NFL seasons with at least 10 starts when he didn't throw seven all year.

Archie texted Peyton something to that effect shortly after Thursday's game.

"I mean, I never threw seven in practice!" Archie said from his home in New Orleans.

"You never know when a game like that comes. Sometimes with a quarterback, or with a productive offense, you can have the same yards and the same game and get down there seven times and run it in seven times. I think the main thing is not the seven touchdowns, but that they're productive offensively."

Archie wasn't in Denver for the game — his wife, Olivia, was — because he is recovering from back surgery. He also won't be at Sunday night's game in Dallas, when youngest son Eli leads the New York Giants against the Cowboys.

But both Manning parents will be making the trip to East Rutherford, N.J., next Sunday to watch Peyton and Eli square off for the third time in their careers. All the Mannings sort of wish that game would go away for good.

"We don't like it. [Peyton and Eli] don't like it," Archie said. "But, hey, you've kind of got to look at it as kind of an honor and how blessed we are to have two sons playing quarterback in the NFL. It's happened twice, and this may be the last time.

"I look at it as, we don't get worked up about it, but it's all part of the journey. That's kind of my philosophy is, enjoy the journey."

One Manning who won't be making that journey is oldest brother Cooper, who went to the first "Brother Bowl" in 2006, when Peyton's Colts won at the Meadowlands, but skipped the rematch in Indianapolis when Peyton again was victorious.

"I went to the first one and there made the decision I would never go back," Cooper said.

He roots for both brothers' teams, on both sides of ball, which obviously becomes difficult when they play each other.

"I like pulling for our defense," he said. "I pull hard. I'm watching our corners, watching our linebackers making plays. Then all of a sudden I'm doing that against my brother, and that doesn't feel right, either.

"I don't want to be cheering when Peyton throws a touchdown, and there's Eli's wife looking at me like, 'What the heck are you doing cheering for that?'"

With their opener in the books, Peyton and the Broncos can start preparing for the Giants — although Denver players are getting this weekend off — whereas Eli and the Giants have a tough divisional challenge against the Cowboys, who beat them at home in last season's opener.

The Giants haven't lost in Dallas since the Cowboys opened their new stadium, going 4-0 there since 2009.

"I know the guys have had success there," Archie said, "and that might make it even tougher. It's a real hard game."

When watching one of Peyton or Eli's games, the Mannings only exhale when the clock reads 00:00, and it's surely the same for most any parent or sibling.

But Archie, who played 11 NFL seasons with four teams, could certainly appreciate the seven-touchdown game, which tied an NFL record and had not happened since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

"Everything is going to be magnified by [the opener], because it's the opening game of the year on Thursday night, you're playing the team that knocked you out [of the playoffs] last year," Archie said.

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