It’s been an ugly year for New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning … and that’s putting it mildly.
The two-time Super Bowl MVP has thrown 16 interceptions, which leads the NFL. He is on pace to throw 28 picks, which would be three more than he has ever thrown in a single season. Manning is also completing just 55.6 percent of his passes, his lowest completion percentage since 2005, which was Manning’s first full season.
Turnovers have always been Manning’s Achilles heel, but he’s usually been able to combat the interceptions by putting up touchdowns alongside them. However, this season Manning is having trouble locating the end zone. The ten-year veteran has thrown just 11 touchdown passes through nine games. At this rate, Manning will throw for just 20 touchdowns this season, the lowest total in his career.
Manning is also sporting the lowest quarterback rating (68.5) and total QBR (37.5) he’s ever had in a single season.
This week, Manning has a great opportunity ahead of him. Andre Brown has the running game looking up and should alleviate some of the pressure from Manning’s shoulders. Also, the Giants are hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, who are ranked 21st in opponent’s passing yards.
The Giants are moving in the right direction with three straight victories and are still in the playoff hunt. They may be able to pull out a few more wins with Manning not playing his best but they definitely won’t be heading to the postseason. If New York is headed for another run at the Lombardi trophy, Manning is going to have to perform like he has many times before. Let’s not forget that it was only two years ago that Manning put the Giants on his back and carried them to football immortality.