Tuesday Morning Manning: Eli Falters Against Team He Snubbed a Decade Ago

Just when you thought Eli Manning and the Giants finally put things together, it all breaks apart.

The Giants offense was embarrassed throughout the 37-14 loss to the Charges Sunday, and while the offense overall didn’t produce, Eli in particular just can’t escape the turnover bug.

Manning threw two more interceptions, the fifth time he’s thrown a pair of picks in a single game this season. While the stat seems alarming, it’s on par with how things have gone for the QB this season. Since his rookie season in 2004, no player has more multi-interception games than Manning, according to ESPN.

Aside from the turnovers, Manning was able to complete 20-of-32 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown.  But perhaps the game isn’t the only battle that was lost on Sunday.

Philip Rovers laid the smack down on the Giants secondary, and clearly outperformed Manning, throwing for 3 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

As you may recall, Manning and his counterpart, Philip Rivers, have a bit of history. The franchise quarterbacks swapped teams on draft day as rumors and reports swirled over Manning’s discomfort with joining the Chargers.

Well look whose laughing now.

Rivers may not have the two Super Bowl rings, but in this world, it’s what have you done for me lately, and lately, Rivers is dwarfing Manning. The leading Charger has thrown for more yards and touchdowns, while limiting his interception total (9).

As Eli continues to struggle in this lost season, the one thing he may want to work on this off season is his chemistry with Rueben Randle.  According to ESPN, Manning threw his eighth interception of the season targeting Randle.  If Hakeem Nicks departs in free agency this off season, Randle will need to step up and find the page Eli is operating on, or next season could be a repeat of 2013.

Kyle McMorrow | Featured Columnsist

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