A few years ago Eli Manning said to the world that he was an elite quarterback in the NFL. He said he was in the same class as Tom Brady. Later that year he led his team to a Super Bowl win with a (9-7) record. This year Eli Manning is leading the NFL in interceptions with 12. The two time Super Bowl MVP seems to be having the worst year of his career thus far. The most interception Manning finished a season with was 25 in 2010, and he looks on pace to more than 25 this year. New York Giants fans have to be wondering if Eli is still the elite quarterback who won two Super Bowls?
Everyone knows that Eli Manning can have moments where he looks like the best quarterback in the league and moments where he looks like an amateur. We all remember the catch in Super Bowl 42 where Eli escapes being sacked and David Tyree makes one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history. The second time Manning won the Super Bowl he made the critical throw to Mario Manningham. Also the year they won Super Bowl 46 Eli led the league in come from behind wins.
So far this year the elite Eli has not shown up for any of the Giants games. The New York Giants are (0-5) for the first time since 1979, and Eli Manning has been underperforming to put it mildly. This past Sunday against the Eagles the Giants were down 21-22. It was close and they had a chance, and you would think Eli would do well in the fourth quarter. Instead Eli gives up three interceptions and the Eagles blow the game open.
Everything that can go wrong for the New York Giants has gone wrong. They have no running game or pass rush, two things you would never expect from the Giants. Their offensive line and a good amount of their defense is hurt. Their play is inconsistent and horrible this year. However; it is Eli Manning’s horrible performance this year that puts the icing on the cake for the Giants. With Eli’s poor performance it makes everything feel worst.
Eli is the face of the franchise and their best player, and when plays like this all hope tends to leave. He is their leader on and off the field, and he has to play better to help his team. The (0-5) start wouldn’t feel as bad if they weren’t chased off the field by Denver, Carolina, Kansas City, and Philadelphia. Eli has to play better in the second half if his team wants a fighting chance. Eli has to look himself in the mirror, and ask himself if he is still an elite quarterback. If that answer is no the Giants are in trouble for the rest of this season and beyond.