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.
In Sunday's 26-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Manning didn't put up the huge numbers he had over the first five weeks of the season, but he still played quite well, finishing the night 15 of 28 (54%) for 193 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, a rare Hakeem Nicks drop kept Eli from eclipsing the 200 yards mark for the 29th straight game.
With little to criticize, most of his usual mainstream media hecklers were silent for the second straight week. However, freelance journalists, bloggers and fans with social media access would not be kept at bay.
Craig Shufelt, International Business Times
"Even this past weekend in which the Giants scored 26 points, the Niners’ D did a good job of shutting down Eli Manning."
Korey Beckett, Bleacher Report
"[Eli] never wanted to play for the San Diego Chargers and after enough whining, he got his way. … Griffin has had a better rookie year than Eli, and we're just getting started. That doesn't even include the running statistics."
"I hate Eli Manning with a passion."
Graig Salerno, Twitter
"Eli Manning looks like a retarded Quentin Tarantino."
"Eli Manning is so annoying. No, you will never be as good as your brother. Go away."
Connor Price, Twitter
"Eli manning should dress as a quarterback for Halloween."
Austin Davis, Twitter
"It amazes me how Eli Manning is not even that good of a QB. He's so lucky his receivers carry him."
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