The New York Giants had only had one 500-yard passing performance in their history prior to last Sunday, and that game ended in a defeat. For Eli Manning, he was able to come up with the game of his career against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as he led his G-Men from a 27-13 deficit to a 41-34 victory to level his Giants at 1-1 on the campaign.
This week, Eli and his Giants are -1 for NFL odds on Thursday Night Football against the Carolina Panthers.
Manning was masterful against the Bucs in the second half, and he ended the day by going 31-of-51 for 510 yards with three TDs and three INTs. The younger Manning brother was really given little choice about the fact that he had to put the ball in the air so much, as Ahmad Bradshaw left the game early with what appeared to be a neck injury, and Andre Brown really was never able to take over as a dominating runner.
Both Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz ended up having huge days for the G-Men. They combined for 21 receptions, 378 yards, and two scores.
This week, Manning and his high flying Giants are going to take on a Carolina defense that just allowed Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints to rack up 486 total yards of offense, 325 of which came off of Brees’ arm. If the Panthers have an Achilles heel right now, it is the fact that the defense just isn’t all that talented, and that is what Manning and the Giants are going to have to take advantage of.
Coming off of his 510-yard day, Manning knows that this is a favorable matchup as well. He has faced Carolina four times in his career, and he has thrown for 912 yards and eight scores in those games.
Over the course of his last 10 games including the playoffs, Manning has thrown for 3,161 yards and 22 TDs.
Kickoff from Charlotte is set for 8:20 p.m. (ET) on Thursday night.