Wednesday, October 2, 2013
QB Watch: Giants' Eli Manning
By Dan Graziano
A weekly examination of the New York Giants' quarterback play.
Rewind: Sunday was another "blah" day in what's turning out to be a rough year for Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Under pressure pretty much all day, he completed 18 of 37 passes for 217 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Of the 217 yards, 69 came on a touchdown pass to Victor Cruz. Manning's completion percentage has gone down in each game this year, though he has thrown only two interceptions the past two weeks after throwing seven in the first two.
Fast-forward: The Giants' next game is Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at home against the Philadelphia Eagles, who have allowed more passing yards (1,300) than all but one team in the league. Opposing quarterbacks have a passer rating of 107.2 against the Eagles this year, with nine touchdown passes and only two interceptions. Philadelphia has 10 sacks through four games.
Historically bad: Manning's Total QBR, according to ESPN Stats & Information, is 30.0 this season, his lowest through four weeks in the last eight seasons. Remember, that's on a scale of zero to 100, with 50.0 an average mark. His completion percentage of 56.3, if carried out for the rest of the year, would be his lowest since 2007. He's on pace to throw 24 touchdowns, which would be his fewest since 2008, and 36 interceptions, which would shatter his career high of 25 set in 2010.
Prediction: If he can't get it going this week against the Eagles, Manning may be in for the worst year of his career. I say he picks apart Bradley Fletcher & Co. to the tune of more than 300 yards and three touchdowns. Hakeem Nicks finally gets on the board.