For just one night, the youngest Manning gets to go home a winner.
Eli Manning has long been regarded as one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL, leading his New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories in his nine-year career. However, he has looked anything but good as his Giants ship is slowly sinking.
At 1-6, his chances at the playoffs are almost zero, even in a paltry NFC East. What’s worse is that he has been much of the problem.
Through six games, Manning had thrown 15 interceptions, which was equal to his 16-game total in 2012 and more than his 16-game total in two other seasons. It was even more than his nine-game total in his 2004 rookie campaign.
At his current pace, Manning would throw 23 touchdowns, which would be the second fewest in his career, and 34 interceptions, which would be the most by nine interceptions. Manning has never thrown more interceptions than touchdowns in his career.
After all of this, a Monday Night victory over the Minnesota Vikings, the first for the Giants, seems like a step in the right direction, particularly for Manning, who threw no interceptions for the first time this season.
In all reality, however, a victory against a 1-5 Vikings team isn’t a very big step, particularly when noting that Manning came close to throwing two interceptions, as Ralph Vacchiano pointed out in the New York Daily News article.
Some surprising revelations from the statistics could, in part, explain why Manning and the Giants have struggled so mightily.
At his current pace, Manning would also throw the ball 613 times for 4,391 yards. In his career, Manning has never thrown more than 589 passes in his career and has thrown for more than 4,400 yards just once. Moreover, the Giants’ 20.7 rush attempts per game is the third fewest in the league.
Although Manning’s career highs in yards and attempts came in 2011 when the Giants won the Super Bowl, the Giants averaged 28 rushes per game in the playoffs, ranking fourth among all playoff teams. The 2008 Super Bowl campaign saw much of the same with the Giants running 32 rushing plays per game, the second most in the playoffs that season.
With injuries to the Giants’ running back position, Peyton Hillis was the Giants leading rusher–he had 36 yards.
Maybe all Manning needs is a little bit of help.