Tuesday, September 22, 2015

N.Y. Giants: Bad Eli Routine is No Laughing Matter

From the desk of:  DO IT FOR THE DUKE

No need to adjust your televisions.  
That's a narrowing view of the division lead on your screen.

Falcons  24
Giants    20

NEW YORK GIANTS: Wanna see a picture of my mother-in-law?  Neither do I...!

After just two weeks and zero wins between them, the Giants and Eagles have firmly anchored themselves to the division floor, but not before each exacted a heavy toll upon the Dallas Cowboys.

The team seemingly in the best shape after Week Two is now easily in the worst shape.  After losing Dez Bryant in the season opener against the Giants, the NFC East's lone undefeated team lost Tony Romo for at least the next 8 weeks after he re-fractured his collar bone against the Eagles.

Even the D.C. Hogs, of all teams, are now viable contenders in this wretched NFC East division.

And wouldn't you know, the Giants are on a short schedule this week, as they host Washington Thursday evening.

Eli Manning's frame of mind, meanwhile, fits right in with the rest of NFC East being in such a mad, mad state of folly.

On the Pisarcik Scale (which measures WTF! values for Giants QB's) Eli is only registering a Dave Brown at present.  He'll snap out of this, I'm sure.  However, there's still no escaping the Mann has completely lost his acute bearing.

Week One:
  • Telling Rashad Jennings not to score, twice.
  • Throwing an incomplete pass on 3rd and goal late in the 4th quarter, thus stopping the clock and providing Dallas sufficient time for mounting a winning drive.

Week Two:
  • Ahead 20-10 late in the 3rd quarter, the Giants were deep in Atlanta's end and poised to score again, until Eli fumbled under pressure.
  • In the 4th quarter, he took a delay of game penalty on a 3rd and 7 play fresh off a time out.

I derive no pleasure from criticizing Eli Manning.  In fact, I avoid it.


One head coach, two offensive coordinators, and numerous quarterback coaches later, the Giants still suffer delay of game penalties at the line of scrimmage.  So, yes, you can point a JPP finger directly at Eli Manning on that one.

Or, maybe Eli has been spending too much time making commercials, hmmm?

Hey, how about less Football on Your Phone, and more solid play on the field.

This Bad Comedian Eli routine isn't funny anymore.  In today's NFL, fans don't get to throw eggs, rotten tomatoes, and heads of cabbage at amateurish performances.  We get pissed off and boo, or complain to sports radio, or write angry blogs.

If anything, Week Two proved it won't take much in order to win the NFC Least.

So, can we please execute just a bit more late game competency Thursday night, before this team really, really finds itself in a Big Blue bind?

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