Eli Manning: “We’re Not Playing Good Football”
New York Giants QB Eli Manning had one of his worst passing games in years when he racked up 125 yards passing and completed just ten of his 24 passes. His 125 yards passing is his lowest total in a full game since 2007, when he only threw for 111 yards against the Buffalo Bills in a game which they clinched a playoff spot en route to their first Super Bowl victory.
Going into their game against the San Francisco 49ers, Manning had 24 consecutive games with over 200 yards passing. In three of the past four games, Manning has not eclipsed the 200-yard mark. Manning is in a slump, and the defenses he has played against are a big reason why.
“Whatever you want to call it, we’re not playing good football. That’s what it is,” Manning told reporters after their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Manning isn’t the only reason why the Giants aren’t playing good football. Their receivers have not gotten open for Manning to throw it to them, mainly because of their inability to get off of press coverage.
The running game also isn’t providing much for the offense. RB Andre Brown continues to flash brilliance at moments. RB Ahmad Bradshaw has gotten the tough yards. However, the Giants aren’t going to the run in the right moments, mostly due to offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride’s suspect play-calling.
Another part of the Giants struggles is their inability to turn productive drives and red zone appearance into seven points. Too many times, the Giants have turned in long drives only to come away with three points. The Giants should think about going to a no-huddle offense just to see how it may work. The Giants have the personnel to make it successful.