On Monday night, the New York Giants were able to pick up their first win of the season on the back of a dominating performance from the defense. Quarterback Eli Manning was not flashy in the victory, but he managed the game well and limited his mistakes. He threw only one touchdown, but he didn’t turn the ball over.
If the Giants are going to beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Manning must do more than simply manage the game.
Philadelphia’s biggest weakness lies in their inability to defend against the pass. The team currently ranks 31st in opponent passing, giving up nearly 312 yards per game. This is where Manning and the offense must do their damage.
New York’s offense is going to have to be more explosive, which means Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Hakeem Nicks all need to step up to the plate. The running game won’t be anything spectacular with Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox in the backfield, so the Giants must do it through the air. Manning has been just a little bit off this year, but it has been enough to make a huge difference.
The Philadelphia offense can put up points. The Eagles have scored 30 points or more in four games this season.
Also, Michael Vick is starting on Sunday, which means the Giants’ defense will need to contain the mobile quarterback. Last time out, before Vick went down with a hamstring injury, he had rushed for 79 yards against the Giants in less than one half of football.
The Giants just barely played well enough to beat the Vikings, and now it’s time for Manning to break out of this lingering funk and lead the G-Men like he has done so many times in the past.