Eli Manning predicted the NFL would match up his team and older brother Peyton’s Broncos early in the regular season. He was right, with Manning Bowl III set for Week 2 at MetLife Stadium in the Giants’ home opener.

As the Colts QB, Peyton has beaten Eli in two previous meetings.

"We haven’t talked about it a whole lot," Eli Manning said. "Just joking and jabs at each other. Obviously, anytime you play your brother, when I play Peyton in a game, it is special and it is unique."

He later added with a chuckle: "Those are great moments that we’ll cherish and hopefully the Giants will get a win for once."

Prime-time players

Failing to qualify for the playoffs did not strip the Giants of their Super Bowl contender luster.

They’ll participate in at least five prime-time games for the second straight season, including their season opener against the Cowboys for the second consecutive year – this time in Arlington, Texas, at Jerry World.

"A unique challenge is the opener with Dallas two years in a row — and this time we’re on the road," coach Tom Coughlin said.