What's wrong with Eli?

October, 26, 2009
10/26/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

I'm en route to cover the Redskins-Eagles game tonight, but let's take a quick look at what's going on with the New York Giants. I was glad to see ESPN.com's Jeff Chadiha point the finger squarely at quarterback Eli Manning following the Giants' 24-17 loss to the Cardinals.

I had a chance to watch the entire second half after arriving home from Falcons-Cowboys and I was amazed at all the time Manning was taking before plays. It's almost like he's trying to emulate how his brother Peyton spends at least 10-15 seconds shouting instructions to everyone before each play. I think most of what Peyton does is for show -- and he's admitted as much.

But as Cris Collinsworth pointed out on NBC, Eli's actually checking into a lot of different plays. Last night it seemed like he was more interested in playing a chess match with the Cardinals' defense than simply running plays. I know a lot of folks will focus on Mario Manningham dropping that sure touchdown, but it may not have come to that if Manning had been able to find any rhythm at all.

The delay-0f-game penalties were inexcusable. And honestly, that's familiar ground with Manning. He has to keep his eye on the game clock while going through his lengthy pre-snap routine. You'll never hear Tom Coughlin completely call out Manning, but I bet he wanted to last night.

Manning's the most important player on the field for the Giants -- and he came up really small Sunday night.

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