Football Vintage Manning Leads Giants to First Win by Anthony Khelil September 25, 2018 Heading into week three of the 2018 National Football League season, the New York Giants were looking for some glimmer of hope. The G-Men have looked flat thus far, heading into its matchup against quarterback sensation Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans at 0-2. Giants 37 year old quarter back Eli Manning proved to be that hope and more for the Big Blue. Manning came through with a vintage performance against the Texans. Behind Manning, the Giants looked rejuvenated in its 27-22 victory. Manning looked calm and cool in the pocket. A week after the 2018 number two overall pick Saquon Barkley set a franchise record for receptions with 14, Manning connected with seven different receivers. More importantly, Manning was mobile. Manning of course is not known to be the fleetest of foot. However, in today’s NFL, in order to be successful, you must be mobile at the quarterback position. Sunday Manning was, which allowed him to extend plays and hit his receivers down field. After looking deflated and starting from behind the first two weeks of the season, Manning led the Giants downfield for a touch down on the G-Men’s first drive. It was the first time since November 1st of 2015 that the Giants have scored on its first drive on the road. Eli’s ability to roll out of the pocket and hit receivers all over the field that set apart this performance from the first two games of the season. Manning’s ability to move around sparked the Giants offense. Manning also utilized his biggest weapon, Odell Beckham Jr. Manning fed OBJ the ball early and often. Beckham was Manning’s main target all game. The duo connected 10 times for 109 yards. Though the first two games, Manning only had thrown for 503 yards, equating for one touchdown while adding an interception. Manning finished Sunday’s game completing 25 of his 29 pass attempts for 297 yards. Manning also added two touchdown passes and no interceptions. This vintage Eli performance was good for a sparkling 132.3 passer rating. Despite being sacked four times, Manning looked as comfortable as he’s looked in the pocket all season. The offensive line looked much better blocking for its quarterback in Sunday’s game. Chad Wheeler, Ereck Flowers replacement, played a significant part in Manning’s success. The Giant’s O-line proved to be a key element in the game, even with its slew of injuries. Eli Manning came ready to play for the G-Men in Sunday’s matchup against Houston. A loss could have put an end to Big Blue’s playoff hopes for 2018. A big performance from Manning, heading into next week at 1-2 gives the Giants faithful some hope for a playoff appearance. Eli’s performance provided Giants fans with some serious optimism after an abysmal start to the season. Manning will look for another vintage performance in the Giants next matchup against future Hall of Famer Drew Brees and the Saints. Post Views: 1,038 The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Anthony Khelil Latest posts by Anthony Khelil (see all) Could the Bombers make a Late Play for a Stud Free Agent? - February 7, 2019 What is the market for Aaron Hicks? - February 1, 2019 Is the Yankees Outfield too Crowded for Bryce Harper? - January 30, 2019 Sonny Gray traded to Reds - January 21, 2019 Related TopicsBarkleyG-MenGiantsHoustonManningNew YorkO-LineOBJPlayoffsSaintsTexansVintagewin Newsletter Subscription Can't Miss Posts! Women in Sports: NHL Network Host, Jackie Redmond by Nicholas Durst | posted on March 4, 2019 Passion For Sports Led Kelly Burke To Career As Broadcaster by Sunil Sunder Raj | posted on November 16, 2020 Women in Sports: Podcast Host, New York Riptide Sideline Reporter, Dani Wexelman by Luke Porco | posted on March 3, 2020 XFL Co-Owner Dany Garcia Talks Business, Serving Others at espnW Women + Sports Summit by Candace Cordelia | posted on October 23, 2020 Women in Sports: Ariel Epstein, On-Air Host at SportsGrid (VIDEO) by Anthony Paradiso | posted on March 12, 2021 More in Football You Know I’m Right, Episode 112: New York Jets’ Insider Brian Costello (Audio/Video) On the 112th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 111: New York Giants’ Insider John Schmeelk (Audio/Video) On the 111th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 107: New York Post’s Columnist Mike Vaccaro (Audio/Video) On the 107th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... Tea Time with Mel and Jay Ep. 8: Review of Netflix’s “7 Yards” Tea Time with Mel and Jay is a podcast where Melody and Jackie review... Why The Giants Are Still A Good Bet in the NFC East Should the Jets trade for Le’Veon Bell?