New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has never been one to place blame or hide from criticism. If anything, Manning often accepts responsibility for things he shouldn't and assumes blame for nearly all offensive failures. That didn't change on Monday, as Eli acknowledged his poor play during a 24-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
"Obviously I didn't play well last night. There's no hiding it," Manning said. "I've got play better."
Manning stopped short of calling it a slump, but his struggles were not limited to Sunday's loss. After 24 consecutive 200+ yard passing performances, Manning has only thrown for 200+ yards once in the last four games (334 against Washington) and has thrown four interceptions in the last three games. To top it off, the 14.2 QBR posted on Sunday was also the lowest of the season.
More than just the statistics, Manning hasn't looked like Manning. He's seen an increased level of miscommunication with his receivers, coupled with poor decisions that look more like throws he would have made earlier in his career. And then, when given the opportunity to drive the Giants down the field and win the game late in the fourth quarter on Sunday, he was unable to help the team gain so much as a single yard.
Despite it all, coaches and teammates continue to believe in their quarterback, and soon expect a return to normalcy.
"He'll come bouncing back. He'll be back," head coach Tom Coughlin said.
With the most difficult part of the Giants' schedule right around the corner, the team is certainly going to need him to bounce back. They go as he goes.
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