It Is Time To Show Eli Manning Some Respect
As the Giants polished off the Miami Dolphins 20-17 on Sunday it became clear that Eli Manning is on a mission this season. Manning finished the game 31-of-45 for 349 yards and 2 touchdowns. His numbers could have been much better if not for a slew of drops by his receivers. Eli’s two touchdowns came at the end of the first half and near the end of the fourth quarter, two big plays that erased an afternoon that his teammates made far more difficult than it should have been with sloppy performances all over the field.
That’s pretty much been the story of the Giants’ season thus far, sloppy play. Manning has had to overcome sloppy play time and time again to lead his team to a 5-2 record. Manning has put the Giants in a position to be to make a strong playoff push, even though you don’t hear much about it.
People often laugh when they see him doing a commercial on TV or when he is compared to his older brother Peyton. Is it really just to compare this guy to an NFL legend like Peyton Manning simply because they come from the same womb? Think about it, Peyton Manning, not Eli, is a four time MVP and a guaranteed first ballot Hall of Famer. Can anyone live up to that?
Eli is not a Hall of Famer, but he is a steady hand behind the center. He plays in the biggest market in the nation and goes through public torment every season but never lashes out. He is a true professional, but since he is so private he gets nothing but a hard time. Manning has a passer rating of 101.1 this season, he has no pro bowl receivers or tailbacks and yet he is always near the top of the division standings. When was the last time you saw a 2 minute segment on Sports Center about him?
There are currently only 4 teams with better overall records than the New York Football Giants. Perhaps it is time to show the man some respect. Oh by the way, he has just as many Super Bowl rings and MVP’s as his older brother Peyton.