What's up with Eli?

December, 15, 2008
12/15/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Manning
I realize the Giants' offensive line was dreadful Sunday night, but quarterback Eli Manning still made his fair share of mistakes. The Cowboys went back to something that worked well in a win in the Meadowlands last season.

If you noticed, there was a ton of pre-snap movement from Brian Stewart's defense. The Cowboys wanted to make Manning re-identify where the inside linebackers were lining up on almost every play. At the last possible second, Bradie James would change his alignment. Because of that, Manning seemed a step slow throughout the game.

Given enough time, Manning will make a defense pay. But he's certainly not as elusive as Tony Romo, and the Cowboys' front four did a great job of shedding their blocks quickly. And when right tackle Kareem McKenzie had to leave the game, things really got out of hand.

In the second half, linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Greg Ellis were racing past the Giants' tackles before they got out of their stances. The Giants pride themselves on their depth, but right now they're looking more vulnerable than ever.

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