Player of the Weak: Eli Manning
There were a number of nominees for this week’s Player of the Weak award, but only one stunk it up so bad their performance has fans hoping for an almost-300 pound replacement. Mr. Eli Manning, come on down. Your pathetic performance against Minnesota yesterday cemented your spot in the Intentional Foul Hall of Fame.
Normally, I’m not one to pile on somebody, but Eli was so spectacularly bad, it’s hard not to join in with the bashing. While I was driving back to Kansas City from Lexington, Kentucky yesterday afternoon, the Sunday sports radio shows were absolutely crucifying Peyton’s brother and some hosts were even calling for back-up Jared Lorenzen—also known as the Pillsbury Throwboy—to get his chance at leading the New York Football Giants.
Now, this seems a little drastic considering just how many injured offensive players the Giants have but when you lose 41-17, stat lines like these leave a whole lot to be desired:
21-of-49 for 273 yards, 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions – 3 of which were returned for touchdowns.
I should probably remind you the Giants were also playing at home… againt a Minnesota team ranked dead last in the NFL when it comes to defending the pass. Displaying a masterful control of understatement, Eli offered these thoughts about his play against a team known more for their injured running back than their defensive prowess against the pass:
“When you throw four interceptions, it’s never a good day…”
Gee Eli, ya think? Anyway, congratulations on your well-deserved award. I know the Giants fans appreciate the effort.