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Gene Wang
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Gene Wang

A sports staff writer at The Washington Post

Uneven Eli


Eli Manning's performance last night was indicative of his career. At points he looked like a confident, capable quarterback who makes smart decisions and precise throws. Then in the second half, he was the player Giants fans have cursed for years, making head-scratching choices and looking as if he's shocked to be the starting quarterback for the Super Bowl champions.
Giants fans, and fantasy owners who had the misfortune of selecting him, have resigned themselves to Manning's inconsistency. He may throw three touchdowns one day, but he's going to have three turnovers in another game. Just look at last season when he threw 23 TDs with 20 INTs. Call him the Even Steven of NFL quarterbacks.
Now that doesn't mean the Giants aren't going to win with Manning. Heck, he pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in Super Bowl history, and he was named MVP. But at the same time, he's going to have plenty of dud games, and in part because of the Giants' solid defense, he's still going to win. That's the most important quality in any quarterback, and that's why he's bought himself at least one more season of bad games before fans and the media want to run him out of town again.
Manning's passing numbers were mediocre at best last night, but he ran for a touchdown on the opening drive that essentially took the steam out of the Redskins for the rest of the game. He even beat Rocky McIntosh in the open field on his way to the end zone. So while his passer rating was poor, he played a major role in helping his team win. I'm sure if you asked Coach Tom Coughlin and the rest of the organization, they would tell you it's all that matters.

By Gene Wang  |  September 5, 2008; 10:13 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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