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New York Giants: Will the Real Eli Manning Please Stand Up?

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At this point, it may be too late for the New York Giants, but they would still like to see some signs of life out Eli Manning and their passing game.

Manning is having the worst year of his career since his rookie season back in 2004. He has already thrown a total of 18 interceptions with four games left to play this season. It’s unlikely that Manning will reach 25 interceptions, which is currently his career-high, but anything is possible. He set that mark back in 2010, when he also threw for a career-high 31 touchdowns.

This season, Manning has thrown for just 15 touchdowns. The lowest total he’s had since his rookie season is the 21 touchdowns he threw back in 2008.

A number of factors have contributed to Manning’s down year. A poor offensive line and a lack of production from the team’s wide receivers hasn’t helped, but Manning has also looked uncomfortable in the pocket. He’s looked passive, and he’s tried to force the ball into tight slots at times.

Manning will have a good opportunity to pull himself out of this funk on Sunday against a weak San Diego Chargers defense. The Chargers’ defense has been struggling and is currently ranked 28th in opponent passing, surrendering nearly 269 passing yards per game. Their run defense has not been much better, currently ranked 21st in the NFL and giving up about 118 rushing yards per game.

The return of Andre Brown has done wonders for the offense, but the passing game is still yet to turn it around. Before the 2013 season comes to a conclusion, the Giants need to see some kind of improvement from Manning so he can prove this is in fact a temporary funk, and not something more permanent.

Daniel Brennan covers the New York Giants for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @DBrennan30 and add him to your network on Google.

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