Saturday, December 31, 2011
Opposing voice: Eli Manning
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- New York Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning is not entering Sunday’s game against the Cowboys on much of a roll.
In a 23-10 loss to Washington at MetLife Stadium, he was intercepted three times. In last week’s win against the Jets, he completed only 9 of 27 passes for 225 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
“It can improve,” Manning said of his recent play, “and I’ll need to play better this week.”
Seeing a Ryan-led defense for the second straight week might help. Whole Rob Ryan’s Cowboys defense was unable to sack Manning on Dec. 11, Rex Ryan’ Jets defense was able to drop him twice.
“There definitely are some similarities,” said Manning, who threw for 400 yards in his first game vs. Dallas “They’re both trying to get pressure on the quarterback. That’s the goal, try to confuse and show a lot of different looks.”
But the Cowboys’ secondary does not possess a Darrelle Revis. In fact, Manning was able to beat every Cowboys cornerback in the first meeting for big completions.
“Most of the time you’re going off your reads,” Manning said. “Sometimes there are certain matchups you like better than others and that can be a factor, but you’re trying to make your reads and go to the right place.”