Eli Manning and the New York Giants have played well below expectations the past few weeks. For many Giants fans this is just another November swoon. For Eli Manning and company it is time to hit the drawing board and fix what is wrong.
This certainly isn’t the first time the Giants have faced adversity. Just last season the Giants were 7-7 and needed to win their remaining two games to get into the playoffs. They did just that and went on to win the Super Bowl. While that might be the exception and not the rule, there is certainly precedent for the Giants to turn things around.
Manning’s plan for the bye week is to leave football behind and physically detox himself from the game. Mentally, there is no shutting it off but a physical shut down might be just what the doctor ordered, literally.
Manning hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in the last three games spanning 99 attempts. Not since he hooked up with Victor Cruz on the 77-yard touchdown to beat the Washington Redskins. That seems like years ago.
Manning made a couple of mental mistakes in the 31-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and might need a little time off to recharge himself. Not only has Manning been dealing with poor performances but he has been dealing with the after affects of having his home in Hoboken, NJ flooded out by Hurricane Sandy. Having experienced flooding last year in my own home from Hurricane Irene and also having dealt with no power for 12 days in the aftermath of Sandy, I can personally attest it is mentally draining on a person.
The Giants schedule doesn’t ease up at all when they return from their hiatus with games against the Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, and then the Philadelphia Eagles to finish off the season.
The Giants will need to make improvements for sure but if they can win four of their remaining games the playoffs should be easily attainable and we all know anything is possible after that. Manning getting back on track will be the ultimate deciding factor in the Giants’ fate.