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Monday Night Football Open Thread: Colts @ Giants

Talk about tonight's MNF game as it happens live in Battle Red Blog's open game thread for Colts-Giants.

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Monday Night Football pits our divisional rival Indianapolis Colts against the New York Giants this week.

Indianapolis is looking to stretch their division lead to two games, while the Giants are trying to get back to .500 and keep pace with the division-leading Philadelphia Eagles. A few notes about both teams to give you an idea of what to expect and keep your eyes on.

Indianapolis Colts:

  • Behind 3rd year QB Andrew Luck, the Colts currently boast the league's best offense by points per game (31.3), yards per game (452.3), and passing yards per game (336.5).
  • Speaking of Luck, he is starting to blossom into the QB everyone expected him to be when the Colts selected him #1 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. He's leading the league in yards (2,731), tied for second in touchdowns (22), and sits just outside the top 10 in completion percentage (64.8). He's on pace to shatter his career bests in nearly every major passing stat, and with just one touchdown pass tonight, he'll match his career high of 23 touchdowns.
  • For all the success they've had on offense, the Colts' defense has been middle of the road at best, as they fall in the middle of the pack in both points per game allowed (23.4) and yards per game allowed (352.1).

New York Giants:

  • Eli Manning is having a nice bounce-back season after leading the league in interceptions last season. He's completing 64.9% of his passes, has 14 touchdowns, only 5 interceptions, and 1,573 yards.
  • However, despite being much better on the whole, Eli is still showing himself to be a little inconsistent. In Week One, he put up a stinker against Detroit, completing only 54.5% of his passes for 163 yards and two interceptions with just one touchdown.  Just a few weeks later against the Redskins, he completed over 70% of his passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns.
  • The Giants have been hit hard by injuries this season. Tonight they'll be without starting RB Rashad Jennings, star WR Victor Cruz, CB Walter Thurmond, OG Geoff Schwartz, LB Jon Beason, DT Cullen Jenkins, amongst others, and also have starting CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie listed as questionable.

Join us in the comments to discuss the game, and see how some of these points affect (or don't affect) the game!