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Poor Eli Manning: NFL Regular Season Week 16

December 27th, 2011 at 3:28 PM
By Dan Benton

“Poor Eli Manning” is a compilation of quotes by both the media and fans about New York Giants quarterback and Super Bowl XLII MVP Eli Manning.

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 of 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.

New York Giants Eli Manning points to the Jets defense in the second quarter against the New York Jets in week 16 of the NFL season at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on December 24, 2011. UPI /John Angelillo

In Sunday’s 29-14 victory over the New York Jets, Eli Manning had one of the worst statistical games of his career, going 9 of 27 (33.3%) for 225 yards with one touchdown and one (tipped) interception. There were a few drops as well, but nothing that would have really made up for Manning’s dismal completion percentage.

Still, Manning managed to keep his team in the game until they were able to pull away and ultimately defeat Gang Green.

With two consecutive weeks of statistical struggle, Manning haters are finally starting to crawl back out from under their rocks, unleashing everything they have on Eli. It’s something they’ve waited all year for, and despite Eli having the Giants in a situation to win the NFC East, all they care about are the numbers over the previous two weeks. Hooray for those that hate.

Sam Borden, New York Times

“In the Giants’ 29-14 win over the Jets, Manning was barely a factor … it harked back to 2010, when Manning threw a league-high 25 interceptions and the Giants missed the playoffs.”

William Del Pilar, Pro Football Weekly

“Eli Manning decided to become the Manning of old the last two weeks.”

Ryan Phillips, Bleacher Report

“If the Giants do make the playoffs, I really don’t have confidence that Eli Manning … can take things to the next level.”

Irv S., Giants 101 Facebook

“I get tired of watching him lowering his head to the ground and shaking it back and forth when something goes wrong. Not a leader at all.”

SweatyKeef, Twitter

“I hope Tony Romo and Eli Manning tear their ACL’s on Sunday.”

Blackoutt_Alex, Twitter

“Tony Romo and Eli Manning are both [screw]-ups at times in need! I’ll take Matt Stafford over both of them.”

uscatjerseyshore, Pro Football Talk (commentor)

“Eli Manning an elite QB? Hah!”

Anonymous, Talk-Sports.net

“Eli should be pushed from a moving vehicle.”

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