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Week 1 vs. CAR
Passing: 20 - 30, 263 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: 4 / -2 / 0
Manning struggled early, and appeared to really be out of synch with his receivers, often throwing behind and over them. The offensive line was no real help in the first quarter and Manning was under constant pressure, though only sacked once. Even if Manning had been sharp early, it seemed that every wide receiver he targeted tipped the ball up and towards a Carolina player at least once. All three interceptions were mostly the fault of the targets of the pass, not Manning. However, Manning and his offense regrouped, settled down and began dismantling the Panthers defense. When given time, Manning was accurate and steady. With the weapons he has at his disposal, he can score points frequently, something which may be necessary when he visits the Colts in Indianapolis next Sunday night.
Week 2 vs. IND
Passing: 13 - 24, 161 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 6 / 0
Not given much of a chance. The phrase that perfectly sums up Eli Manning's performance against the Colts on Sunday. Manning was put into very difficult circumstances throughout the evening with little help from his entire team outside of Bradshaw, Smith, Manningham and the interior of his offensive line. The Giants had poor execution early in the game and consistently went 3 and out, and being forced to wait on the sidelines for most of the first half.
Eli was harassed every passing down, particularly by Freeney and Mathis on the outside. David Diehl was beaten routinely by Freeney and Kareem McKenzie was also beaten by Mathis often. The two sack/fumbles were a direct result of Manning being forced into making a play and holding the ball, while Freeney and Mathis run almost untouched to him. He showed trust in Steve Smith and connected with him occasionally on short routes. Despite the constant harassment, he was able to escape an unblocked Freeney and connect on Manningham on a well thrown 54 yard touchdown.
Got another long touchdown to Nicks in the fourth quarter, when the game had been long decided.
Stat line looks OK at first, but he was ineffective largely throughout the game except for 2 big plays.
Week 3 vs. TEN
Passing: 34 - 48, 386 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Eli Manning actually managed to have a very solid performance for most of the game. Manning and the Giant offense was plagued throughout the day with turnovers and sloppy play, drawing three personal fouls from just the NYG offensive tackles. Manning and the Giant offense moved the ball up and down the field with ease, and then consistently got bogged down in the red zone. Whether through turnovers, huge losses on sacks, or penalties, they wasted every scoring opportunity they had earned.
Manning's first interception came on a pass that should have been caught by Nicks, flying instead in the air and into a defender's hands. Manning's second interception came on a ill-advised left handed shuffle pass in the endzone, which also ended up floating in the air and an easy target to intercept.
Between the two red zones, he was incredibly efficient. Manning completed passes with sharp accuracy and decision making from pre snap reads. The Giant offense really needs to question how they managed so few points from such offensive success otherwise.
Week 4 vs. CHI
Passing: 18 - 30, 195 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / -2 / 0
Eli never really looked like he was on his game. The Giants had two great scoring opportunities in the first half off turnovers deep in Bears territory and came away with a missed FG and a punt. Eli missed a couple good chances deep and had a few passes batted at the line that could have been intercepted. The Giants put together one full field drive in the third quarter that resulted in a touchdown. On 2nd and 17, Eli hit Hakeem Nicks for a 21 yard pickup and a first down. Two plays later, Eli connected with backup TE Travis Beckum on play action for a 25 yard gain. Bradshaw then finished the drive with a touchdown on two runs. Manning looked for Steve Smith often but was clearly most effective when throwing to Hakeem Nicks.
Week 5 vs. HOU
Passing: 27 - 42, 297 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 6 / 9 / 0
Manning started, as he does so often, with a shaky first series but very soon settled down and got down to business. Throughout the day, Manning was given enormous amounts of time to throw, while his receivers saw copious amounts of cushion which allowed the Giants quarterback to carve the Houston secondary up. At one point Manning hit 11 straight passes, covering 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Manning was at his best for most of the game and showed how good he can be at utilizing the size of his receivers to frustrate the defenses he faces. If a team cannot get pressure on him, he will make them pay as he did all day long to the Texans.
Week 6 vs. DET
Passing: 20 - 30, 177 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Manning looked shaky all day on Sunday. It wasn't that the Lions were in his face all day either, his accuracy was just very sub-par. For example, early on in the game, he had Hakeem Nicks with great separation and wide open. Hicks looked like he wasn't quite running all out, but Manning's pass was thrown too far anyway.
It went like that throughout the day. Manning would throw a nice pass, such as when he threw a perfect strike to hit Manningham in stride for a touchdown. And then he throws passes such as when he overthrew a wide open Steve Smith in the late third quarter. Smith had run a short route --- almost looked like a button hook --- where the defender stumbled. Smith was alone with nobody near him, but Manning's throw sailed way beyond his reach and out of bounds.
That was Manning's day in a nutshell. Inconsistent, streaky and yet did enough to win. As a sidenote, Manning became just the second player in Giants history to accumulate 20,000 passing yards.
Week 7 vs. DAL
Passing: 25 - 35, 306 yards, 4 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Manning started out shaky by throwing interceptions on each of the Giants first two possessions but settled down and had a big day against a Dallas secondary that was not on its game. Both of his early interceptions were not good passes that were thrown high over the middle and tipped by his receivers. He took a couple ill advised shots downfield into double and triple coverage but was rewarded on one by a terrific catch from Steve Smith. Eli's first touchdown was an easy 7 yard toss to Hakeem Nicks in single coverage. On Eli's second touchdown, the Cowboys again left Nicks in 1 on 1 coverage and Eli found him across the middle for an 8 yard score. Eli's third touchdown came just before halftime when Dallas sent a blitz and put everyone in 1 on 1 coverage. Eli quickly threw the ball up in the air and Steve Smith came down with it for a 14 yard touchdown. Manning's fourth touchdown was a 25 yard screen pass that was made by Mario Manningham picking up a couple blocks and slipping between two defenders to get into the end zone. Eli threw a third interception as the Giants were closing out the game on a bad decision that he made to throw off his back foot.
Week 9 vs. SEA
Passing: 21 - 32, 290 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Somewhat quietly, the younger Manning has become one of the more reliable QB options. Against the Seahawks, Manning did everything right to keep the defense on the ropes for the entire game. The obvious must be stated: his 290-3 line, with no sacks or turnovers, was against a very weak Seahawks team. But he threw the ball where he wanted to, and his receiving corps completed the transaction on most plays; and when they didn't, there was often a defensive penalty involved. What most impressed about Manning was his quick decision making and ability to place the ball. He had lots of time in the pocket, but he was able to find the open man quickly --- or the open space, where the receiver would soon appear. Manning managed the game very well, as in one instance in the red zone, when he suddenly ran the no huddle offense. He knew the defense was off balance and kept them there, resulting in a TD on a very accurate pass in traffic to TE Kevin Boss. Even with a 28-0 lead, the Giants were still airing it out successfully. Manning could have had a 4th TD pass as well, had Nicks kept his toe in bounds on a perfect pass in the end zone.
Week 10 vs. DAL
Passing: 33 - 48, 373 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 3 / 17 / 0
Despite the loss, Eli Manning had an excellent statistical game against the Cowboys. He did have one interception in the end zone for a touchdown when Brian McCann jumped the route and another interception on the Giants final drive as he tried to find Mario Manningham over the middle and didn't see a breaking Dallas defender. Otherwise, he showed crisp command of the offense and made accurate throws all over the field regardless of down and distance. His best throw came midway through the 4th quarter on a 52 yard touchdown toss to Hakeem Nicks that was called back due to a holding penalty. Manning seemed to most target Mario Manningham and Ahmad Bradshaw on short routes, Kevin Boss on mid-range routes, and Hakeem Nicks on deep routes. He was effective at reading the blitz and making sure the ball was out of the pocket quickly any time the Cowboys were able to bring pressure. The only negative plays in the passing game were the two interceptions and, when factoring in the Nicks pass, Manning could have easily ended up with 425 yards passing and 3 touchdowns which hardly seems like the formula for a lopsided loss.
Week 11 vs. PHI
Passing: 20 - 33, 147 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: 2 / 22 / 0
Eli Manning and the Giants offense struggled early in this game, but as the game wore on they began to execute better. Manning was reliant on Hakeem Nicks on short timing patterns with Steve Smith out of the lineup. He was not able to complete any big passes downfield for the most part and the Eagles defense, although they were unable to register multiple sacks, got to Manning enough to put him off his throws. Manning clearly misses the sure hands and routes of Smith, as he routinely had to scold Derek Hagan and Duke Calhoun for mental errors. He was not at his best today, but with an ineffective running game he did the best he could with the situation.
Week 12 vs. JAX
Passing: 14 - 24, 226 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / -1 / 0
Despite not having his top wide receivers, Manning actually had a solid day. There were times when his accuracy slipped or his focus waned a bit but for the most part, Manning had a good day, avoided mistakes and when he needed to, put together a pair of very nice drives to catch and then pass the Jaguars.
If Manning missed anything, it was the sure-handed catches of Steve Smith. Several catchable passes glanced off the hands of his wide receivers. One by receiver Derek Hagan could have been a fumble, but was overturned on replay. While Mario manningham is a decent fill in for vertical threat Hakeem Nicks, nobody is able to replace Smith and that was evident several times on Sunday.
Still, manning played a solid game and remained calm and poised throughout, and it was his steady hand which helped the Giants win.
Week 13 vs. WAS
Passing: 15 - 25, 161 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
This was a game the Giants won on the ground and it's a good thing, since Manning didn't look sharp at all. He is definitely missing Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks, his most trusted safety blankets and saw several passes that should have been caught dropped.
The Giants leapt out to an early 14 point lead which only got larger as the ground game hammered the Redskins all game. As that was the case, for the second week in a row Manning threw just 25 or less passes which kept the passing offense from getting into a rhythm.
Indicative of the shaky day Manning had was his interception in the second quarter. At the Washington four yard line, Manning dropped back to pass and for reasons only known to him threw to tight end Kevin Boss who was in triple coverage. Redskins linebacker London Fletcher came away with the pick but it could have been anyone of the defenders there. Boss didn't have a chance.
The turnover didn't hurt the Giants, but it showcased the kind of day Manning had. There were easily two more passes that should have been picked off, though he also made some very nice throws to his receivers. He was inconsistent and never really got going.
Week 14 vs. MIN
Passing: 22 - 37, 187 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Eli Manning started out the game with two very costly interceptions that could have really put the Giants in a hole if their defense had not been playing so well. The first was a skinny post to Hakeem Nicks where Manning locked onto Nicks from the snap and when the ball was underthrown, it was picked off. The second was more of a progression from Nicks since he was covered, but it was a poor decision on Manning's part to force the ball into Mario Manningham. Again, the ball was underthrown and it was picked off. His TD pass to Kevin Boss late in the second quarter was a nice throw that beat double coverage for the TD. Manning also had a beautiful 30 yard bomb to Hakeem Nicks a few plays earlier when Nicks was working the left sideline. It was his best throw of the day. The Giants shifted to run and grind in the second half, and only threw short passes when the down and distance indicated it. He finished the game with minimal passing stats, and added two interceptions to extend his league-leading numbers of picks and turnovers.
Week 15 vs. PHI
Passing: 23 - 39, 289 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT
Eli Manning had a great statistical game in Week 15, throwing for four scores and 289 yards against a thin Eagles secondary. Even without Steve Smith, Manning used Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks throughout the first half --- targeting whomever was not covered by CB Asante Samuel. Philadelphia cornerback Dimitri Patterson was picked on by Manning all game, who gave up all three touchdowns in the first two quarters --- two to Manningham and another in terribly soft coverage against Nicks with just seconds to go before halftime. Manning later added a fourth score to TE Kevin Boss who did well to get open in the early stages of the fourth quarter, but after that all the momentum went over to the Eagles and their remarkable comeback. Manning struggled to keep possession late in the game and his inability to pick up a first down late in the game added to the loss, souring an otherwise strong fantasy day.
Week 16 vs. GB
Passing: 17 - 33, 301 yards, 2 TD, 4 INT
Rushing: 1 / 12 / 0
Eli Manning had an extremely erratic game on Sunday marred by inconsistent play and turnovers. Early in the game he threw a pass over the middle that was easily intercepted as his receiver fell down on his cut. Manning then began to settle down in this game, finding Nicks wide open down the side-line with a well thrown pass on the move. On the very next drive for the Giants he hit Manningham deep down the field for a huge play and showed great promise in this game early. The game then fell apart for the Giants and Manning with Bradshaw fumbling on a good drive and with the Packers racking up huge points. Manning began to feel the pressure as Greenbay kept scoring and forced a lot of throws. His other RB Jacobs fumbled on another promising drive and Manning never had the chance to get the ball into the endzone. At this stage in the game Manning's decision making was completely overridden by feeling he had to make a play and he carelessly threw the ball up regardless if the receiver had beaten his man. Manning played a poor game and showed he cannot carry his team on his shoulder but his teammates did not make life easy for their QB. The Giants defense allowed too many points too easily and Manning had teammates run wrong routes, slip on the field and fumble the ball at the worst times.
Week 17 vs. WAS
Passing: 17 - 29, 243 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 4 / 11 / 0
Manning had decent success throwing the ball against a somewhat unknown redskin defense with a lot of new players. The Giants lead for the entire game and so kept the offense very balanced with a commitment to the running game, making life easier for Manning. He started off poorly as he did not set his feet and almost threw an interception at the start of the game. Manning struggled with ball location throughout the game and it lead to the first interception as a pass to Manningham was tipped into the air for an easy interception. Luckily for Manning the Giants defense came up big and the Giants did not have to throw and play catch up. When given time in the pocket, Manning looked to Hagan often and he became his go to receiver on dig, out and curl routes. Manning also managed to hook up with Manningham for a spectacular pass play on a streak route, a staple in the Giant offense. Manning could have had another big pass to Manningham but he led his receiver too far into coverage instead of throwing away from the defender. Manning made the throws that counted and converted many first downs to keep the game alive but the Giant defense really made life easy for the Giant offense and this unit was not asked to do a whole lot.