Eli: We’re The Same Team

From ProFootballTalk:

The New York Giants looked like they were in complete control of the NFC East early this season, but they’ve been in a tailspin since Week Six, and if they lose to the Cowboys on Sunday, they can pretty much forget about winning the division.

But Giants quarterback Eli Manning says there’s no reason for panic, because the Giants are no different now than they were when they won five straight games to start the season.

“We’ve got to know that this is the same team that started 5-0,” Manning said today. “You look at it offensively, the same guys that started the first game are in the huddle. We’ve got the ability and the talent to go out there and play great football and win games, and we’ve got to expect that from ourselves. There’s no reason not to. Just because you go through a little stretch where you’re not playing your best, it’s still the same guys, it’s still the same team that got off to a great start, the same team that beat this team in Dallas in front of 105,000 people.”

Manning sounds confident, but the Giants’ record tells a different story. The Giants are the first team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to drop five out of six games after starting 5-0. Something must be wrong.

Is that “something” Manning’s health? Manning says his foot injury isn’t bothering him, but his passing stats have declined drastically during the Giants’ six-game skid. If the Giants don’t bounce back and beat the Cowboys on Sunday, it’s hard to see how Manning could continue to say with a straight face that they’re still the same team.

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One Response to “Eli: We’re The Same Team”

  1. andrew ilnicki says:

    You know what — Eli is right. The Giants just need to tighten back up and get some guys in there that want to win… Goff, Sintim, Gatrell Johnson might just be the spark this team needs.

    Bradshaw stepped it up in the 2007 playoffs with no experience. Leading rusher of the Superbowl with some crucial first downs.

    Jay Alford stepped it up as a rookie — final nail in Tom Brady’s coffin.

    Justin Tuck was and still is a force — this team has it in them to win games… not all is lost.

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