Giants aren’t throwing Manning under bus
With the New York Giants’ offense struggling, no one is pointing fingers, especially at quarterback Eli Manning.
There is no doubt the 35-year-old, two-time Super Bowl MVP has not played his best in recent losses to Minnesota and Green Bay.
There are a lot of reasons. The offensive line has been inconsistent. The running game has disappeared with starter Rashad Jennings missing the past three games and Shane Vereen lost for the season with a triceps injury in Week 3.
The supposed dynamic wide receiver trio of Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard has found itself covered way too often.
Then there is Manning. He just has not been as sharp as in recent years. The best example was his missing a walk-in touchdown pass to tight end Will Tye with New York trailing 14-6 late in the first half Sunday night against the Packers. Tye was wide open and Manning overthrew him.
That’s not the Manning of the past two seasons in now head coach Ben McAdoo’s West Coast offense.
It has critics wondering if Manning is starting to slip in his 13th season in the league.
“I think when things go wrong everyone needs something to point at,” Beckham said Wednesday after the Giants (2-3) finished practice for Sunday’s game at home against Baltimore (3-2).
“It’s easy to point the finger here and there. Internally between all of us, we have to play better. We all need to do things to make it easier on him (Manning) and on ourselves. Everyone needs to step it up.”
Manning willingly took the blame after the Giants’ third straight loss. He said he feels good physically, downplaying a big hit he took against Washington in the third game of the season.
Manning refused to say how he felt he was playing this season.
“I didn’t play as well as I needed to last week,” he said. “I missed some throws. So I need to play better, I have to make some more throws, better decisions, can’t turn the ball over, but we will improve. We will keep working hard and we will figure it out.”
The Giants have scored 89 points this season, with special teams providing a touchdown on a blocked field goal.
The offense has eight touchdowns. Five have been on pass receptions and three on runs. Josh Brown has added nine field goals.
Cruz said no one is panicking when it comes to Manning, who has hit 119 of 187 for 1,385 yards and four interceptions.
Giants’ Eli Manning walks off the field after an incomplete pass during the second half of Sunday night’s 23-16 loss to the Packers in Green Bay.