Over the past two weeks, giants QB Eli Manning has struggled mightily, leading many to wonder if the 2-time Super Bowl MVP is suffering from an undisclosed injury, or if he’s just in the middle of a mid-season slump. In his last two games, he’s completed just 25/54 passes (46.3%) for 317 yards (5.87 YPA), no touchdowns, and two interceptions. According to NFL Films’ Greg Cosell, the recent struggles of Manning can be attributed to “tired arm”:
I looked at Eli on Monday; Jaws looked at Eli on Wednesday. And he made a very interesting comment. It really struck me … It looks to him like Eli’s arm is a little tired. And that he’s not driving the ball at the intermediate and deeper levels the way we’ve come to expect. Because Eli has a strong arm. And we even got that sort of confirmed by someone who’s a lot closer to the situation. His arm’s a little bit tired right now. He’s missed some throws that he would normally make.
It’s worth noting that those two games were against the Cowboys and Steelers, who sport the league’s #5 and #1 pass defenses respectively. The Bengals currently hold the NFL’s 19th-ranked pass defense.