Despite his success, negativity and doubt have followed Peyton’s younger brother since the moment he was traded from the San Diego Chargers to the New York Giants on draft day in 2004. Regardless of what he does or how well he performs – even in a league that lives and dies by the motto: “What have you done for me lately?” – he is questioned and criticized.
In Sunday's 41-23 loss to the Denver Broncos, Eli Manning completed 28 of 49 passes (57.1%) for 362 yards and one touchdowns. Unfortunately, that performance also came with four interceptions, bringing his two-game total to seven — the most he's thrown over two games in his NFL career. He now also leads the NFL in interceptions and is on pace for 56 interceptions this season.
There's little else to be said. In some ways, he's caught some unlucky breaks. In others, he's completely at fault for the miscues. As such, his critics are gaining more and more steam, and haters that have been hiding under rocks for quite some time are now beginning to find their way back into the light.
Michael Salfino, Wall Street Journal
"Most NFL teams can't win with meager quarterback play. Since Week 7 of the 2012 season, the Giants have proven they are no exception."
Paul Sondhi, NYU Local
"After painful Manning Bowl, Eli's Still not elite. … After another stellar performance from Peyton, and another poor performance from Eli, the Who-Is-The-Better-Manning debate received another nail in the coffin yesterday evening: Peyton is by far the better quarterback. … New York has potential, but only if Eli Manning begins to play like the elite quarterback he once claimed to be. But hey New York, at least he can rap."
Tara Sullivan, The Record
"From the post-interception walk of shame that is the quarterback’s worst nightmare to the postgame handshake of defeat that represented his worst-case scenario, Eli’s final few minutes of the Giants’ 41-23 loss to Denver on Sunday afternoon could not have gone much worse."
Kevin Duffy, CT Post
"Eli Manning seemed bored of all these field goals, so he did what Eli Manning sometimes does and lofted a freebie toward the endzone. … Eli tossed the pass that screamed, 'screw it, anything but a field goal.' "
sxdxca, Big Blue Interactive
"Another 48 Int year for Eli Manning. In 2010 Eli threw 25 interceptions, this year he's on pace to double that. That is pathetic. I feel sorry for Tom Coughlin because he deserves better than this. … Eli is not elite."
Jonathan Cole, Twitter
"Hey guys you wanna hear a joke? Eli Manning."
"Pretty sure Eli Manning is like 134% retarded."
Ian Wladika, Twitter
"Eli Manning looks like Squidward Tentacles."
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