I agree completely that it is going to be a great matchup. I think the home field advantage is going to be hard for us to overcome, but I think we match up well.
Like you said, the key is to put pressure on the QB with a 4-man rush. Oddly enough, I read some stats a few weeks ago that our team has more sacks with a 4-man rush than when we are in our base defense and rush 5. On that note, I wouldnt be surprised to see us with a 2 man line with Poe and a rotation of our other DLinemen in the middle, with Hali and Houston rushing on almost every down, with an occasional blitz by DJ. That would allow us to have an extra cornerback on the field as well as keeping 2 MLBs to cover the run.
Manning is going to score. I doubt we will be able to set the record for most games where we held the opponent under 17 points (we are tied right now). I expect you guys to get at least 21-24 points, if not more. The big question for this matchup is whether we can put up 24-30 points (what I expect it is going to take to win). I dont expect our D to score any touchdowns against the efficient Denver O, unless we force a fumble, so it is likely going to be on our offense to put up points.
Part of me hopes that Reid has been holding back the offense on purpose, but the rational side of me thinks that is not likely.