If you placed any bets or did some live wagering on the New York Giants this past Sunday, you were the victim of a MAJOR letdown. Most if not all of the Giants’ problems in a 23-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks stemmed from Eli Manning’s five interceptions. To add insult to injury, Manning tallied just 158 passing yards and, as the score indicates, 0 touchdowns. And we thought Geno Smith was bad!
Actually, Smith is a good guy to bring up here because it was looking like he might overtake Eli for the league lead in interceptions. After all, Manning had been playing decent as of late and had leveled his interception total at 20 through 13 games. Not exactly MVP caliber, but at least any discussion of him breaking the all-time record for INT’s in a season came to a halt. Then Sunday happened…
The five interceptions that Eli tossed against the Seahawks brought his total to 25 this year. With just two games remaining, it’d be almost impossible for him to break the all-time record, which George Blanda set in 1962 when he threw 42 picks in just 14 games. But Manning still has time to throw at least 30 interceptions, which would put him into a tie for seventh place all-time.
Given his propensity for throwing the ball to the other team, we have to wonder if how the Giants organization is viewing Eli’s future. Sure he’s won two Super Bowls, with the most recent coming two years ago. But on the other hand, Manning has been in the league for 10 years. As a 32-year-old, it definitely seems like he should have some juice in the tank. However, his 2013 performance has to make you wonder.
Even coach Tom Coughlin said that “obviously there’s concern” about if Manning’s performance this year could indicate a steep decline. But he’s also not ready to bail on his championship QB, arguing that this season’s struggles aren’t all Eli’s fault.
He’d be right in this assertion too, when you consider how Manning’s been asked to carry the offense many times, amid a weak rushing attack (28th in league). The defense hasn’t been at the same level as years’ past either. So it’s doubtful that New York would even consider making a big move on another quarterback this offseason. However, you certainly have to think that one more year of this type of performance will have New York eyeing a new signal caller.
The NFL is a very fickle league…even if you’ve won two Super Bowls in the past seven years.