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 36-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Manning completed 27 of his 42 passes (64.2%) for 450 yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately, along with those four touchdowns came three interceptions — including one inside of 2:00 that essentially sealed the game.
Whether or not the interceptions, or which of the three interceptions, was Manning's fault has been highly debated. Some feel he was responsible for all three, while others feel his teammates were to blame. Whatever the case, the box score and his stat line shows three interceptions. Period. And, as a result, his critics were out and loud following Sunday night's loss — this time with the primary focus being on what's termed "Manning Face."
Dan Graziano, ESPN
"Eli Manning had a microcosmic season's worth of ups and downs in the Giants' season-opening loss to the Cowboys on Sunday night."
Chris Fedor, Cleveland.com
"Eli Manning was a turnover machine…"
Joseph Zucker, Bleacher Report
"In the first half, he looked utterly hopeless, and it was Manning faces galore. He was forcing too many throws and taking way too many risks, few of which were paying off."
Brian Josephs, Complex Sports
"If Mark Sanchez is going to catch some heat for throwing a pick in his first drive of the preseason, then it's only fair that Eli Manning catches some too."
Eric Goldschein, Sports Grid
"Manning had a great game if you were able to forget about the three costly interceptions he threw. But you can’t forget about interceptions. His last one, which was returned for a game-sealing touchdown, led to the ultimate Eli Manning face."
oipolloi, Big Blue Interactive
"Eli is terrible at screen passes. Always has been, probably always will be."
Billy Manzi, Twitter
"Eli Manning with his typical Scooby Doo face on! 'So Eli what do you think went wrong Sunday?' Gee I don't know Shaggy!"
Sam Smith, Twitter
"Eli Manning looks and talks like Walt Jr."
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