The New York Giants are going to need Eli Manning to be at his best on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, which is something we have not seen in quite some time. For the majority of the season, Manning has fallen out of rhythm and into a lingering slump.
Last week, Manning finished with 279 passing yards, which was the first time he eclipsed the 250-yard mark since Week 5. That same Week 5 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles also marks the last time Manning threw for multiple touchdowns in a game. He’s only had two games with more than one touchdown pass, the other coming against the Cowboys in Week 1.
In the season opener, Manning threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns. However, three interceptions turned his masterpiece into a nightmare. Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle all had over 100 yards receiving in the loss. It is the only time that all three of them have hit the 100-yard mark in the same game.
The two-time Super Bowl MVP is still searching for the fine line between aggressive and erratic. Manning loves to throw the ball down field, but often forces it into double or even triple coverages. His mistakes plagued the Giants early in the season, and now, his careful demeanor is eventually going to keep the Giants from being a serious contender.
New York needs Manning to break out of his slump, and they need him to do it today. Dallas can put up points in bunches, and the Giants’ defense will be tested early and often. Manning must find a groove and play smart for the Giants to have a chance of winning.