He had a miserable game, dropping a few passes, which makes Manning’s performance all the more impressive. With four dynamic playmakers available to Manning on any given pass play, someone will get open more often than not. This was evident against the Ravens, and it’ll be a common theme throughout the season. Making matters worse for opposing defensesin this case, the Giants in Week 2Manning is the master of manipulation at the line of scrimmage before the snap. He knows what the defense is planning to do most of the time by sight, and he makes adjustments better than anyone in the game. Dustin Bradford/Getty Images Case in point: According to Pro Football Focus, Manning was outstanding against the blitz last week, and he was equally as potent on play-action passes: vs the Blitz last night Peyton Manning had a passer rating of 149.3. 3 of 7 TDs were vs Blitz Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 6, 2013 Last night Manning went 7-of-12 for 198 yards & 4 touchdowns on 14 play action drop backs (2 sacks). 133.9 QB rating. Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 6, 2013 He’s the ultimate trickster, and his tricks usually work. Dominant defenses can slow Manning and his receivers down. We saw the Ravens do it last season in the playoffs, as he threw two interceptionsone of which was the game-sealing play for Baltimore. Even the best defenses in the league can’t stop the future Hall of Famer, however, and New York doesn’t feature one of the best defensesnot even close. Against the Dallas Cowboys , the Giants doubled Dez Bryant throughout the game, and as such he only caught four passes for 22 yards while playing with a sprained foot. But as a result of double-teaming Bryant, Miles Austin, Jason Witten and DeMarco Murray each caught at least eight passes. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images New York won’t be able to double any Broncos receivers on Sunday without facing some dire consequences. With his four playmakers, anyone who is doubled just opens the door for a huge play for one of the other three. The emergence of Julius Thomas is the icing on the cake for Denver’s offense this year. His ability to make plays in the middle opens up the rest of the field, and we saw the results of that outcome last Thursday. Giants starting linebacker Dan Connor and cornerback Prince Amukamara are both dealing with injuries this week. Connor left the game with a stinger on Sunday, as noted by Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, and Amukamara has yet to practice this week while recovering from a concussion, as noted by ESPN New York: Dan Connor has a burner, return questionable. Had same problem in last preseason game. #nyg Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) September 9, 2013 CB Amukamara (concussion) sits out practice http://t.co/s0QQpShHTx ESPN New York (@ESPNNewYork) September 11, 2013 How many TDs will Peyton Manning have against the Giants?
On the quieter Republican side – Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans in the city of 8.3 million people – the former head of the city’s mass transit agency, Joe Lhota, has led in opinion polls. Lhota, who was former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s budget director and later his deputy mayor for operations, is facing grocery chain billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis. Polls were due to close at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT) Voter Marvin Pasternaq, an accountant from Queens, said he was still undecided and planned to take full advantage of the late closing. “They all talk about jobs, housing and education, because that’s what the public wants to hear about,” he said. “But after Election Day, who’s going to deliver?” BULKY VOTING MACHINES At polling stations, voters griped about bulky 1960s-era mechanical voting machines that were breaking down and forcing the use of emergency ballots. One voter who had to use an emergency ballot was Lhota, when the lever machine broke at his Brooklyn polling station. “We’re going back to paper ballot? Are you kidding?” Lhota said before handing out cookies to poll workers. New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner leaves a polling center after casting his The mechanical voting machines were retired after the 2009 election in favor of an electronic system with optical scanners. The state government, however, approved use of the old machines for the primary after the newer system caused delays in the vote count. The city Board of Elections said any voter facing a non-functioning machine could use an emergency ballot and said the lever machines had a 4.3 percent failure rate when last used. Two opinion polls on Monday showed de Blasio leading among the Democrats – 39 percent in a Quinnipiac survey and 36 percent in an NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll. “We expect a runoff, we’re ready for a runoff, and we’ve been planning all along for it,” de Blasio said when he voted.