Two time zones and a few thousand miles didn't prevent Eli Manning from seeking some advice about the Ravens defense from a trusted source: his older brother.
The New York Giants quarterback admitted that he has already talked to Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning about the Ravens, who absorbed a 34-17 defeat at the hands of the Broncos last Sunday.
"I talked to him a little bit and watched the game," Eli Manning said during a conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday. "Our offenses are a little different. I tried to just watch the game and see what they were doing and see how the defense played certain looks. So I talked to him a little bit, but it's really going to be a matter of our own preparation and trying to understand what type of scheme we're going to run against them."
The Manning brothers did a similar thing earlier in the season with Eli Manning calling his brother to get some tips about the Cincinnati Bengals, who played Denver and New York in consecutive weeks.
But unlike Peyton Manning who completed 77.1 percent of his passes for 291 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Broncos' 31-23 win on Nov. 4, Eli Manning completed 63 percent of his throws for 215 yards and finished with zero touchdowns and two interceptions in the Giants' 31-13 loss on Nov. 11.
Peyton Manning completed 60.1 percent of his passes and threw a touchdown against the Ravens, but his 204 yards were a season low. Could similar numbers await Eli Manning this Sunday?