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QB Eli Manning - New York Giants

6-4, 218Born: 1-3-1981College: MississippiDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): We're back to the Eli that you can't trust to avoid meltdowns. Not every interception was his fault, but Manning reminded us that he can be a landmine for your team. Even with a lot of good matchups left on the schedule, Manning will again give us hesitation before putting him in our lineup.

General News (Thu Nov 20): told reporters on Wednesday, Nov. 19, that he wanted to retire from football as a Giant. No details of a new contract or extension were announced, but sources indicate the team would like to keep him. Giants owner John Mara, in a separate interview, said he believes Manning has "a lot of good years left."

Week 12: vs Dallas Cowboys

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Eli Manning had one of his best games of the year at Dallas during Week 7, with zero interceptions thrown or sacks taken, and he ended the night with 21/33 for 248 yards passing and three TD passes. Unfortunately, since then things have gone downhill for the Giants' passing attack, with the disastrous five-interception debacle happening last week vs. San Francisco (22/45 for 280 yards passing, one TD and two sacks taken for -15 yards). The Giants' passing attack is mired in (another) funk entering this divisional game. Rueben Randle (15 targets for 7/112/0) had his first 100+ yards-receiving game of the year last week, though, and Odell Beckham Jr. posted 13 for 6/93/0. Larry Donnell did get back in the end-zone last week with six for 3/54/1, so it was not all bad for the Giants' receivers despite Manning's frequent misfires. The Dallas pass D is ranked 14th in the NFL averaging 239.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores handed out to date vs. 10 interceptions and 16 sacks generated (10th- and 28th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). Blake Bortles posted 22/37 for 262 net yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown in London (while being sacked four times for -28 yards) while Carson Palmer threw 22/34 for 237 net yards, three TDs and one interception at Dallas the game prior - the Dallas secondary is a mediocre unit that does generate turnovers on a regular basis. Manning was a turnover machine last week, and the Dallas secondary goes for interceptions, but is vulnerable to the passing attack otherwise. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for the Giants.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs IND 27 52 359 2 0 1 18 0 1
10 at SEA 29 44 283 1 1 0 0 0 1
11 vs SF 22 45 280 1 5 0 0 0 0
12 vs DAL 29 40 338 3 1 0 0 0 0
12 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds 24 37 * * * 1 * * *
12 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay 23 37 * * * 1 * * *
12 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom 21 36 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs IND (27 / 52 / 359 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)

Eli Manning may have had a successful night statistically but his performance did not reflect his numbers and a lot of it came late as the game got out of hand. Manning was off target on a lot of his, especially downfield. The Giants tested the Colts deep on numerous occasions but the pass was never quite right. Manning threw a lot of passes that required a high level of accuracy and ball placement down the field and he rarely completed these. Manning tried to hit Randle and Beckham on streak patterns in the first half but both of his passes were either over or under thrown significantly. The passing game looked very rusty with passes thrown deep downfield and a lot of missed opportunities were left on the field. Manning found some success with intermediate passes over the middle and throwing short. Manning hit Hillis and Beckham Jr. with short completions that turned into big plays with many yards after the catch as his receivers were able to explode down the field. Manning had a costly fumble in the second half as the Colts stripped sacked him from the blindside deep in Giants own territory. Eventually Manning scored a touchdown for his team but it was too late in the game to mean anything significant. Manning found Donnell in the back of the endzone on a lofty fade pattern pass which easily fell into his receivers hands. Manning managed one more garbage touchdown to his tall receiver Washington. Manning threw a simple back shoulder fade pattern up high and his receiver easily snagged the pass thanks to his height advantage over the Colt defensive back.

2014 Week 10 vs SEA (29 / 44 / 283 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Eli Manning was sharp in the first half and was the main contributor to the Giants offense early on but things didn't finish the same way. Manning was decisive early in the game and was not afraid to throw the ball in any direction or to any receiver. Manning found Parker deep on a corner route against the sideline, placing the pass perfectly in stride over Parkers shoulder. Manning's only touchdown came on a rollout pass in the redzone. Manning was flushed to the sideline due to the pressure but kept his eyes downfield and bought enough time for Parker to unravel in the back of the endzone for the score. Manning also connected with Beckham several times for big plays. Beckham and Manning had a nice rapport with the deep ball as Manning floated passes accurately in stride down the field and Beckham got consistent separation from Seattle defenders with his speed. Manning spread the ball well in the first half and kept the chains moving with quick passes over the middle to keep Seattle guessing on defense. Things began to unravel quickly for the Giants and Manning in the second half however. Manning had an unfortunate interception on a deep pass to Beckham as the pass was tipped by Beckham into the air and fell into the hands of a Seattle defensive back. The Giants had some penalties which stalled some drives and put Manning in tough situations on third down. The Seahawks had better time of possession also and left New York with a lot of long fields to drive. The big plays began to disappear for Manning as the weather worsened and then turnovers sealed any chance of a comeback as they fell behind. Manning lost the ball in the pocket as the ball slipped out of his hands while he was attempting to throw a pass. Seattle kept the pressure on the Giants offense by scoring and the Giants were forced into 4th down scenarios which did not work out in their favour. Manning played well early in the game and punished Seattle defenders who were left one on one down the field with Giant receivers but everything fell apart in the second half. Turnovers and wet weather were the downfall as they couldn't replicate the big plays down the field from earlier.

2014 Week 11 vs SF (22 / 45 / 280 / 1 / 5 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Eli Manning played poorly on Sunday and missed many opportunities on the field, in large part due to his turnovers. Manning threw for a lot of yards but had a low completion percentage and simply failed to finish off a lot of drives for his team that started off well. Manning began the game smoothly, hitting Randle for a few plays over the middle of the field with perfectly thrown in-stride passes and guiding the Giants towards the redzone. Manning then used play action well to distract the defense and found Larry Donnell down the middle on a seam route for the touchdown, placing the ball perfectly in front of his teammate. After this drive however, things began to fall apart for Manning. He overthrew Donnell deep on a corner route and got picked off on a short curl route as he forced a pass to wide receiver Beckham that should not have been thrown as the coverage was too tight. Manning tried to complete a few passes to receivers that simply were not open and this lead to dangerous pass attempts. Manning lobbed a high pass towards Donnell down the field and his receiver made a terrific leaping catch to secure the pass. Reuben Randle was open on a simple in breaking route over the middle of the defense but Manning was hit as he released the pass and it became wildly inaccurate. Manning's second interception looked very bizarre as he threw a short out pattern right to a 49er defender that had no New York receiver in the area. Manning was under pressure a lot in this game as his offensive line could not block the 49ers defense consistently. Manning lost the ball in the pocket as he was about to pass the football but his team was fortunately able to recover the ball. Manning tried to hit Beckham Jr. deep on a fade pattern in the endzone but the pass was slightly underthrown and batted down by the 49er safety. Manning was picked off again as he carelessly overthrew Randle deep, which lead to an easy turnover for the 49ers defense. He had another interception later in the second half due to poor blocking up front as the pass rusher hit him as the pass was being released. Manning found Beckham jr deep down the sideline late in the game as Beckham made a terrific leaping grab to tip the ball to himself and manage to stay in bounds. Manning was flustered yet again on 4th and goal however and got picked off for the 5th time as he forced a pass into a tight window again which was tipped into the air by the defense.


Latest News

Giants | Eli Manning wants to stay (Thu Nov 20, 03:33 AM) - New York Giants QB Eli Manning told reporters on Wednesday, Nov. 19, that he wanted to retire from football as a Giant. No details of a new contract or extension were announced, but sources indicate the team would like to keep him. Giants owner John Mara, in a separate interview, said he believes Manning has 'a lot of good years left.'

Our View: It's hard to find a franchise quarterbackójust as fellow Metlife tenant the New York Jetsóso casting Manning aside without a plan isn't wise. Ryan Nassib looked good in preseason but we all know preseason and regular season action don't mix. Manning has mostly been good this year, last week's debacle aside and considering the awful state of his offensive line and the shattered receiver corps he has had to work with.
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