Eli Manning, star NFL quarterback for the talented and recently decorated New York Giants, paid tribute to Stevenson’s classic novel, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, in Sunday night’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Manning started out the game as his alter ego which I like to call “Mr. Turnover.” An interception thrown right at DeMarcus Ware on the first play from scrimmage was followed up by Manning taking control of his body back from Mr. Turnover. A skilled, 72-yard drive for the Giants was ended only when David Wilson fumbled the ball away to the Cowboys. Then, Mr. Turnover raged out of control in the Giants’ third series as another interception gave the ball back to the Cowboys.
The game continued in a back and forth war for control between Manning and Mr. Turnover. The Giants fell behind by 10 points before halftime, then Manning took over and threw a 70-yard touchdown to Victor Cruz to bring the Giants within striking distance. Mr. Turnover’s stagnant play would reign supreme for the next series, but then Manning would take back the reins to score touchdowns on two consecutive series.
In the waning minutes of the fourth quarter, Manning managed to show both himself and his alter ego. Down by six points with just 1:50 left to play, Mr. Turnover committed the fatal mistake of throwing a pick six to Brandon Carr which certainly sealed the fate of the game. Even though Manning came back to his true form to get a garbage time touchdown, Mr. Turnover got the best of him as the Giants dropped the season opener.
With four touchdowns and three interceptions, Manning needs to never return to his roller coaster play in order for the Giants to have a successful season. Manning should borrow a shovel from the grounds crew and find a nice spot out back to bury Mr. Turnover.