By the numbers: Manning's struggles

November, 6, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Manning says there's no hiding how he played against Pittsburgh on Sunday.

"Obviously, I didn't play well last night," Manning said Monday. "And there is no hiding it. I didn't play my best football. I got to play better. I think that is all I am worried about."



Manning completed just 1-of-5 passes for a yard and was sacked twice as the Steelers erased a 20-10 deficit in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 unanswered points.

But Manning also has not played up to his high standards in the past three games. He has just one touchdown to four interceptions in that span.

Manning's only touchdown in his past three games has been his 77-yard bomb to Victor Cruz with 1:13 remaining to outlast Washington, 27-23.



Opposing defenses apparently have figured out a blueprint to slow down Manning and his playmaking duo of Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.

Cruz and Nicks have a combined 24 catches in their past three games. They are capable of having that many receptions in just one game. Earlier this season, the duo combined for 21 receptions for 378 yards and two touchdowns in one game alone against Tampa Bay.

Since passing for 337 yards against the Redskins, Manning has 317 yards in the past two games combined.

Manning has not thrown for 200 yards in three of the last four games and part of this could be attributed to his opponents and their excellence in pass defense.



Manning has played four games against teams with top-five pass defenses and is averaging only 180.8 passing yards in those games. In all other games he averages 340.6 passing yards.

Over the last five seasons, Manning has played very well in the Giants' wins but has struggled in the losses.

All charts are courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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