Excerpt: "Well, on the bright side, Eli Manning won’t have to answer those pesky questions about being the league’s MVP for a while.
He was so bad in this 24-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, you worried that Giants fans might forget what team they were watching and start chanting for Tim Tebow.
We kid, of course. Manning has cemented his place among the elite quarterbacks in the league, a debate ended last season with a parade through the Canyon of Heroes. He’ll bounce back, probably sooner than later.
Still, it’s hard not to watch the last couple weeks and wonder what happened to the passing game that was ripping apart the league early in the season. The man in charge certainly is.
“We’ve got to get him back on track,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “He’s our guy, (and) we’ve got to get him back to the way he was playing a couple weeks ago and do it in a hurry.”
Those are strong words from a coach whose team is still 6-3 and atop the NFC East, and they’re not unwarranted. Manning’s numbers Sunday were downright Sanchezesque. He was 10-for-24 for 125 yards — his lowest total since 119 in a meaningless game to end the 2008 season — with an interception.
It’s not just one game that concerns Coughlin, either. His quarterback rating has dropped each of the last five weeks, from 103.3 in a laugher over the Browns to 41.1 Sunday. The yards per pass play Sunday, as high as 10 during the season, bottomed out at 5.21 against the Pittsburgh defense." Read more...