Giants aren’t throw­ing Man­ning un­der bus

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Tom Cana­van AP Sports Writer

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.

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