Doesn't get any easier for Mannings

Tribune staff reporter

What a bad week to be a Manning. How often can you say that for two of the NFL's top quarterbacks? Not very, but these Week 8 matchups carry special circumstances.

Peyton Manning takes the hot-and-cold Colts into a Monday night division showdown at undefeated Tennessee, which has the NFL's third-ranked defense. Younger brother Eli takes the Giants into Pittsburgh, which boasts the top unit.With these two sack-happy defenses, I predict some classic shows of that Manning on-field frustration. And they already have been scuffling a bit lately.

Peyton threw for a paltry 229 yards and two picks against the depleted Packers last week. Over his last two games, Eli has thrown for just 357 yards with two TDs and three interceptions.

That leaves these two teams with some slim pickings. Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne are must-starts for the Colts, as is Marion Barber for the Giants. But lower your expectations, big time.

London slog: On paper, the Chargers-Saints contest across the pond should account for some offensive fireworks, but I don't think that'll happen.

Philip Rivers should add to his NFL-best 16 TD passes, but rain in the forecast might force San Diego to stick to the ground game and LaDainian Tomlinson's bum toe has made him a second-tier runner thus far. Sad, but true.

Reggie Bush is out, eliminating Drew Brees' top target for the Saints.

So who benefits? Deuce McAllister. Filling in for Bush, he ought to just put his head down and grind out a throwback effort.

Looking for a sleeper? Whose week is it to pick on the Chiefs' league-worst run defense? The Jets, and it's worth taking a gander at backup running back Leon Washington.

Opposing running back tandems have put up big numbers against Kansas City, capped by last week's trouncing by the Titans' Chris Johnson and LenDale White, who combined for 317 yards and four TDs. Yep, that's no misprint.

So look for New York's Washington to gobble up some ample leftovers after Thomas Jones runs all over the place, like Oakland's Michael Bush did in Week 2 with 90 yards and a score to complement Darren McFadden's 164-yard effort.

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