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.
You didn't think this was gone, did you? You couldn't possibly have believed a second Lombardi Trophy and second Super Bowl MVP would keep the critics at bay. Of course they are out in full force!
In Wednesday's 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Manning completed 21 of 32 passes (65.6%) for 213 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, his receivers dropped four passes – three courtesy of Victor Cruz and one by Martellus Bennett on what would have been a huge first down conversion late in the game. The defense also failed to stop Dallas on a 3rd-and-12 with around 2:00 to play in the fourth quarter, which would have allowed Manning another opportunity to do what he does best: put the Cowboys to bed.
Alas -and you know this by now- it's all Eli's fault! Forget the drops, forget the poor defense; when the Giants lose, it's all on him. In fact, one pundit even went as far as to say exactly that.
"So there was Romo at MetLife Stadium for the gala NFL opener, and darned if he was not the best quarterback on the field."
"On a night of pomp and pageantry, when the Giants expected quarterback Eli Manning to play like a two-time Super Bowl MVP, he got upstaged at his own house and at his own party by his NFC East foil, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo."
"Dallas Cowboy QB Tony Romo walked in to Met Life stadium in New York with a weak offensive line, an injured Jason Witten, a 1st time starter as his #3 wide receiver, and took the Super Bowl winning Quarterback, Eli Manning, to school."
"Fall brings things to look forward to. The first is pro football season, which I go into dreaming of my Pats winning that fourth title (ideally by beating the accursed Giants and the oh-so-lucky Eli Manning)."
"Peyton Manning's last drive was so good that Eli put his finger painting session on hold to watch."
"I bet Eli Manning learns all of the plays by using action figures."
"Maybe…and I'm just spitballin' here. But maybe, Eli Manning should do less DirecTV commercials, and more…you know…practicing?"
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