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Manning's downfield passing has been suspect

11/1/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

PHILADELPHIA -- Through the first five games of the season, Giants quarterback Eli Manning had been outstanding when throwing the ball downfield. But in the Giants' three consecutive losses, Manning has been lousy on throws of more than 10 yards. Our friends at ESPN's Stats & Information came up with some interesting numbers to illustrate Manning's problems in that area:

In the first five games, Manning had a remarkable completion percentage of 64.2 percent, five touchdowns and one interception on passes of more than 10 yards. Over the past three games, he's completed 31 percent of those passes with three touchdowns and four interceptions.

There have certainly been some protection issues, but a lot of these are unforced errors. Manning's in a really bad place right now and I'm not sure how much it has to do with his plantar fasciitis. He says it doesn't have anything to do with his foot injury, so I'll take him at his word.