Consider this: The defending Super Bowl champs have already lost their starting running back for a game, their slot receiver for two games, their flanker receiver for a game, their starting right tackle for a game and a half, and roughly a total of 11 man games worth of starting defensive players this year. If you’re QB Eli Manning, it’s just another day at the office. Manning has once again proven that he is one of the most valuable players in all of football, as he gets ready to lead his New York Giants into battle against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football in Week 4.
Manning has had a plethora of different receivers in his career. He started with the likes of Amani Toomer, Ike Hilliard, and Jeremy Shockey, and from there, he had Plaxico Burress and Mario Manningham. A man like David Tyree came out of nowhere and made one of the biggest catches in the history of the NFL in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots four years ago, and now, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are considered two of the best receivers in the league. Last week, Ramses Barden, who had never started a game before in his career, had nine catches for 138 yards.
Maybe it’s not the receivers. Maybe it’s Manning.
Manning has thrown for 1,011 yards and five TDs this year in spite of the fact that he has had a rotating set of players around him. Nicks is still battling a foot injury, and RB Ahmad Bradshaw is likely to sit out another week after suffering a jarring neck injury two weeks ago versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Sitting in the wings are the Philadelphia Eagles, who dropped to 2-1 over the course of the weekend against the Arizona Cardinals. Philly brings to the table one of the best secondaries in the league, but that shouldn’t be any concern to Manning. If he can do it with whomever he has available at receiver, he should be able to do it against any DBs as well.
The Giants are one-point underdogs for NFL picks on Sunday Night Football in Week 4.