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New York Giants’ Offense Must Rely on a Return to Form by Eli Manning

November 25th, 2012 at 11:00 AM
By Jen Polashock

'Eli Manning' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ The main question over the past few weeks leading to (and through) the bye week was: “What’s wrong with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning?” Every pundit and armchair coach had their own theory. Dead arm. Check. Super-storm Sandy. Check. Not elite. Check. Let’s go with: none of the above.

Rewind to a few years ago when Manning was a hot topic as his ever-improving 2010 stats were blanketed by his 25 interceptions. Most blamed those turnovers on the wideouts, ya know – their tipped passes… After closer tape break-downs, although the tipped passes were a factor, the issue at hand was Manning. Number 10 was taking too much upon himself to make plays, therefore forcing the rock into places where he shouldn’t have. He admitted that in the offseason. 

“…but I can still throw it in there. And that’s where interceptions come from,” Manning said.

Easy E is already focused on what he feels will be an aggressive Green Bay Packers defense in Week 12. If this game is approached like that in week six versus the San Francisco 49ers, it can have the same end result. If that same Manning commands his offense for the entire sixty minutes, well the NFL constants know what will happen. Yes, it is on the quarterback this week.

Manning played well in both games against Green Bay last year. In fact, his numbers were pretty much mirrored. Week 13’s heartbreaking loss (35-38) and the NFC Divisional Round win (37-20) were more on the passing game than the run. Keeping #10 upright was another factor. He was only sacked in each game once. Eli’s cooler head controlled both games – and the clock.

As much as the offense as a whole looks dysfunctional and puts Perry Fewell’s defense back on the field faster than Tom Coughlin turning red and letting R-rated vernacular roll off his tongue after a fumble, the captain must lead his still-developing troops where he instructs them. Youth needs leadership, someone who assumes full control during battle. This is where Eli needs to return to: full, trusting command.

As much as Manning admitted that his forcing throws and trying to make things happen (think last minute flips to not-quite-ready players) in 2010 were an area that needed much improvement, injuries to his supporting cast have (in a way) made him revert back to his old ways. Even if it was for “just a few weeks”, there’s no room for it in an ever-hungry NFL – especially during this playoff run time. Well, that and Eli is better than that. No other excuses, the bye week has come and gone and preparing was something that should have been done with more in mind than Thanksgiving dinner.

Here we go. Focus and finish.

"Six-game schedule. That’s it, six-game season. We’re excited about that," head coach Tom Coughlin said Monday. "Watched a lot of football yesterday, as you all did, I’m sure. Got excited, got upset, got excited, got all the emotions in play, but we’re excited to be back on the field and seeing all of our guys again. Hopefully they’re well rested and ready to go. It’s certainly in our hands, in our own control. We have a one-game lead in the division. We play some very good football teams down the stretch here, but that’s what it is. It’s a stretch. We’re excited about that part of it. We look forward to it; one game at a time.”

Exactly. It’s now time to build that bridge that had its blueprints drawn up a year ago.

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12 Responses to “New York Giants’ Offense Must Rely on a Return to Form by Eli Manning”

  1.  GmenMania says:

    I feel like this game will be similar to the one last year versus the Packers. The offense will finally show up and the Giants will show everyone that they can compete with the best teams in the NFL. 31-27 Giants.

  2.  demo3356 says:

    33-30 Giants. They run for nearly 200 yards, Nicks has a monster game and defense sacks Rogers 5 times. Eli looks like the Eli form Early October

  3.  Jen Polashock says:

    Watching the NFC Division game (ya know– the one where the Packers beat themselves) where we beat them AND the refs & I see this as being MUCH of the same. We play these guys well/like we play the Pats…and we know how those games end. Just be prepared to be on the edge of your seats until 0:00.

    •  Valid says:

      Given that the NFL is salivating over the prospect of the Giants losing and having to play the Redskins in Washington for an NFC East showdown next week, I hate to say that I agree that we may very well have to battle the refs tonight. Ugh.

      •  Krow says:

        The media … and by extension the NFL, since the media owns them … would like nothing better than seeing RG3 lead the Redskins to a Division title. They’ve been on his jock all season, and knocking us off would be the culmination of their wild wet-dreams. The marketing potential is immense. The story lines easy to write. It’d be a bonanza all around. All they need is for us to continue to cooperate like we have the last couple weeks.

  4.  Krow says:

    It’s ‘put up or shut up’ time. We’re 6-4 … still in command of the Division and our own destiny. But we can’t keep laying eggs. With 6 to go we’re going to need at least 3 … and maybe 4. However after two flat, uninspired performances you have to question the team’s focus.

    We’re down to our last few bullets, and we need to make them count. Otherwise we’ll be talking about the draft and ‘next year’.

    They have to play with urgency and enthusiasm … and they have to do it now.

    •  Valid says:

      Yeah. Win today and we can ALMOST pencil ourselves in for the division title. Win today and next week, and we’ve basically got it all wrapped up.

      It’s time to focus.

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    They don’t HAVE to win, but they do HAVE to compete. Pretty much the same scenario as when the Packers came in last year.

    But I think they will win. I know most won’t buy this argument, but I believe that a few of the players who will sit for Green Bay tonight would have played if it were a division game. This simply is not one of the most important games remaining on the Packers’ schedule. That doesn’t mean they won’t compete, fiercely. It doesn’t mean they wouldn’t love to beat us. But it does mean that they are not fielding the best team they could, and that a defense that was already questionable is now probably certifiably weak.

    It hurts that we won’t have Kuhn, but the same players who will suit up tonight did an excellent job of hurrying Rodgers, and particularly pushing up the middle and collapsing the pocket, last season. We also disrupted the Packers’ timing offense last year by playing physically against their receivers.

    It will be cold, a little windy. This is Giants’ football weather. The crowd should be really in full throat. The team should be feeling a bit ornery, a bit desperate. You have to love this stuff. Provided Hakeem Nicks is healthier than he’s been since we played Tampa Bay, I think it’s going to be a very good night for the Giants.

  6.  jfunk says:

    A friend of mine has two tickets he needs to dump for tonight’s game. The person who was going to take them backed out last minute. No parking pass. Anybody interested?

    Nobody taking them on ticket exchange at face value, so best offer gets them. Section 309.

    •  Jen Polashock says:

      Yikes. GOOD game to be at. I’m already goin’. He may hafta dump them at a little less than face, especially with no parking pass…
      Enjoy the game, all…gonna be an old-fashioned NFC/ old school organizations battle out there. Stay warm!

      •  jfunk says:

        Yeah, I’m surprised he can’t get face value for them on Ticket Exchange. So, if anybody knows anybody that wants to go for cheap, let me know. He can email them the tickets to print out.

        illustrious(underscore)jfunk-AT-yahoo

  7.  TonyMW says:

    So Woodson, Shields, Matthews and now Jennings are officially out. If we don’t win this game (or at least play very well and only lose a close game), my confidence in this season will begin to wane. It’s not that this is a “must win” game, it’s the fact that the coaching staff has acknowledged the issues they’ve had for close to 2 months. If that isn’t enough time to make a difference, it’s not happening in the remaining 5 games.

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