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Poor Eli Manning: NFL Regular Season Week 1

September 12th, 2013 at 10:30 AM
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 & XLVI 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 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.

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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,

"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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18 Responses to “Poor Eli Manning: NFL Regular Season Week 1”

  1.  Chad Eldred says:

    I’m just so glad it’s back!

  2.  JimStoll says:

    Thank you, Dan.
    All is right with the universe

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Amazing how much traffic this article still gets.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        I think you might up your counts if you rename it “Poor, Stupid, Ugly, Eli Manning”. Then the real nut cases would come out.

        •  JimStoll says:

          of all the plays Sunday night, that last INT to Scott is the one which I feel deserves debate in terms of attributing fault; if fault is what we wish to attribute

          Scott seemed to get the lion’s share of the blame, but I question whether Eli panicked, threw the ball too soon and in any event with too much velocity

          I recall at the time heating Collingsworth assert that Dallas showed blitz and then pulled out of it

          if true, could it be that eli mis-read the defense and hurried the throw?

          it doesn’t matter, but if I were one who wanted to be critical of Eli for his performance, that’s the only play I would get on him for
          the two earlier INTs, his responsibility or not, he (and the team) overcame those mistakes and had the W in his hands
          only that last pick becomes a source for legit criticism as a result

          •  JimStoll says:

            *hearing* not heating

          • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

            Play was going to be the same whether there was a blitz or not. It was a designed screen. Scott hesitated (he admits fault), didn’t get hi head around in time and the rest is history.

            It’s a timing play. If Eli waits for Scott to get his act together and turn around, the offensive line is already downfield and it’s a penalty.

          •  Levito says:

            Watch the replay, they definitely backed out of the blitz. Even if Scott catches the ball, Carr likely tackles him for a small loss. But at least they’d live to see another play. I’m pretty positive that if they play didn’t result in an INT, Eli drives down and puts the Giants up by 1.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    I think as fans we just have to put aside that last game. It was a travesty. Just about everything that could go wrong did, and we still had a good chance to win.

    From getting Bill Leavy as the Referee, to Will Beatty making a mental mistake on the first play of the season (after signing his sweet contract), to Wilson’s foibles, to the injuries, to Eli’s high throw, to Scott’s poor route and failure to get his head turned in time, to Mundy’s failure to get into the end zone on that interception because someone didn’t make an early block that would have left that tackler far behind the play, to another Red Zone failure, it just wasn’t the Giants’ night.

    There were plenty of good things that came out of the game, as has been discussed here for the last four days. Thankfully, it was an away game and one many had figured was a loss anyway. It didn’t crush our season. It may have moved the team toward the cohesion that they couldn’t have coming out of a disjointed preseason. So here we go. Tough game on Sunday, but whatever happens it puts us one step closer to the team working in concert and having a shot at 10 wins and the playoffs. And the team I saw in Dallas is already a dangerous playoff opponent, and has a lot of better days ahead of them. I’ve said it every year, the whole deal is to get to the playoffs, by whatever means, and then hope to get on a roll. This team is a LONG way from done at this point.

    I don’t expect them to win on Sunday, but that would not surprise me. I think we’ve got a lot better team than the pundits realize yet.

  4.  Nosh.0 says:

    Well I know Collinsworth thought the last one was on Scott and Scott alone. But did Eli really need chuck a fastball at the kid as he’s standing about 10 feet away from him?

    I kind of agree with one person in the article, for whatever reason Eli doesn’t seem to be that good at throwing a screen. You watch other Qb’s and the screens they throw just seem easier for the backs to catch. Where as Eli tends to put a little too much heat on it.

    Anyway not hating. I love Eli. Just treating him like a grown up.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Eli doesn’t throw short balls all that well. But I wonder if he mentally hurries because he isn’t confident that his O-line will keep defenders out of passing lanes (his experience on the first play of that game testifies to that)?

      When he was throwing to Tiki, and having great success on the same sorts of throws, he knew that the O-line was doing their job. The Snee of back then was an animal. Diehl and McKenzie and O’Hara and Ruegamer and Seubert didn’t make stupid mistakes. Petitgout was decent (even if he got constantly flagged for false starts). And then, of course, Tiki was brilliant.

      I don’t think it’s all Eli.

  5.  Krow says:

    The Scooby Doo one was kind of funny though.

  6.  Nosh.0 says:

    On a totally different note, I’d love to know why the Bucs suddenly all hate Josh Freeman. I mean that is really weird when you’re a captain for 3 years and then suddenly not. Also you could see some teammates getting into it with him on the sidelines during the Jets game. Wondering how he fell out of favor so quickly? Think he pulled a Danny Kannel and ban.g-e.D a teammates wife?

    •  Krow says:

      It’s Schiano … the team is in free fall. And it’s going to get worse. Like McDonald’s, I’m lovin’ it …

  7.  Quadsevens says:

    Am I the only one who doesn’t blame Scott or Eli??? I blame Gilbride for calling a screen pass to our 3rd string Running back who has not had the practice with Eli for calling that stupid play! Why would you call a screen pass when you just drove down the field the series before and scored, and were now back on the 50 with another plus 20 yard pass play, If Eli called the plays from under 3:00 we would have scored on that drive.! Gilbride calls the worst plays at the worst times I swear smh

  8.  Carlos Rodriguez says:

    You guys are unbelievable. The man did nothing but have a tremendous second half and still you complain. Don’t get me wrong, I was creaming and yelling at the TV as well, but Eli did what he always does never gets too emotional and battles to the end. With six turnovers and still have the chance to win the game with two minutes left, I say that’s pretty damn good. If we have four turnovers we win going away.

  9.  Andiamo P says:

    Dan Graziano is a joke.

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