Antrel Rolle: “No one on the defense is going to fear Peyton.”
The New York Giants defense, despite what the final score might suggest, played pretty well in the G-Men’s 36-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night. They were put in terrible spots all game by an offense that just refused to stop turning the ball over. This week, the red-hot Peyton Manning leads the Denver Broncos into MetLife Stadium to take on the Giants in Big Blue’s home opener. Despite Manning absolutely torching the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens’ defense for 462 yards and seven touchdowns last Thursday, Giants safety Antrel Rolle isn’t scared of Peyton one bit.
“Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning, definitely one of the best quarterbacks to play this game,” Rolle said, via the New York Daily News. “Hall of Fame quarterback, but I don’t see all of that come Sunday. We go out there and play ball. We play against him as we play any other quarterback. This is no time for fear and no one on the defense is going to fear Peyton because we’re going to go after him as we do any other quarterback.”
I mean, obviously Rolle isn’t going to come out and say they’re scared. They’re a professional football team. But I would have to assume that what Peyton did to Baltimore is in the back of their minds, not to mention Denver’s defense also played well without Von Miller. I would never expect a player to say he or his defense is scared, but the last thing Manning needs is more motivation since he already looks unstoppable.
One thing is for sure, if the Giants offense doesn’t stop turning the ball over it won’t matter who they’re playing.