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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Eli Manning's playmaker mentality

By Jason Reid

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is tied for the league lead with 23 touchdown passes. He also is second in the NFL with 16 interceptions.

Manning has a playmaker's mentality, cornerback DeAngelo Hall said, and he makes things happen for the Giants (7-4), who are tied for the NFC East lead and host the Redskins (5-6) on Sunday at New Meadowlands Stadium.

"As a corner, you gotta love it, you gotta love playing against a guy like that," said Hall, the Redskins' defensive co-captain. "He does throw it up there and give you a chance to make a play.

"But he's doing what any good quarterback does. He throws it up there and let's his receivers make a play on ya. That's why he has big plays. He has some turnovers, too. But he definitely has a lot of big plays."

Playing behind an effective offensive line helps. Among quarterbacks with at least 250 attempts, Manning has been sacked a league-low 12 times.

Now in his seventh season in the Giants' offense, Manning appears to be firmly in command.

"Just his maturity and his skill set, his mind, his mindset, I definitely think he's in the top echelon of quarterbacks," Hall said. "Obviously, you'd give the top one, the top spot, to Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

"Then you have that second tier with Aaron Rogers, him [Eli Manning] and Philip Rivers. I think those guys are all comparable to each other."

By Jason Reid  | December 1, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  DeAngelo Hall  
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Comments

I don't believe that DDiehl nor SO'hara are slated to play this weekend for the giants...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 1, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

What about your QB Deangelo? Isn't he an elite, FIRST tier quarterback?

Posted by: PlayAction | December 1, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I saw a watch commercial once that said Eli Manning is unstoppable.

So, we're pretty much screwed.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 1, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

good points if you're a "Jacksonville type" small market team..
However, as a ticket holder paying the highest price to see the highest payroll in the NFL play and coached by the most expensive Coaching staff in the NFL, a modicum of respectability versus the recent example of a 59-28 divisional loss and a now last ranked Defense, is not too much to expect from a "HOF Head Coach".

Posted by: onanygivensunday | December 1, 2010 1:35 PM

It's exactly that type of attitude that causes the constant revolving door situation that has created the mediocrity that we have experienced year after year.

Personally, I'll take a down year or two if it means building a stable and sucessfull team for the future. I believe that the Skins have the right leadership in place, and a good plan for making that happen. Time will tell if they stick to it.

Posted by: kaasmaster | December 1, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Eli v. Donovan:

Eli Manning 23 touchdown passes 16 interceptions.

Donovan McNabb 10 touchdown 12
interceptions

Is it a fair comparison?

You decide.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 1, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

comparing QBs means squat.

If those two you mentioned switched teams at the beginning of the year, I'd think McNabb would have better numbers.

Can you imagine Eli behind our "line?"

A fate worse than death. He'd make JC17 look comfortable in the pocket.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 1, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning
(after the upcoming game against the visiting Washington Redskins) --

24 Touchdown Passes
19 Interceptions
16 Sacks Against

Going to be Windy and Coldddddd up in them there parts on sunday.

Posted by: PlayAction | December 1, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Eli v. Donovan:

Eli Manning 23 touchdown passes 16 interceptions.

Donovan McNabb 10 touchdown 12
interceptions

Is it a fair comparison?

You decide.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 1, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

What good are touchdowns? Donovan is a LEADER!!
Intangibles and what not.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | December 1, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

And lets not forget Eli's situation is WAY different than most QBs.

He was given a LOOOOONG pass on his first few years, based on his last name.

He's had a running game and a great O Line in front of him the ENTIRE time.

Many years, including this one, he started out with probably the best wideout trio in the league.

Eli, especially when he had Plaxico Burress, would ACTUALLY shut his eyes and throw the ball aimlessly downfield for TDs because his receivers were just taller than the DBs around them.

Example: See the 4th down conversion to David Tyree in the Super Bowl. If you think that's how it's supposed to be done, you are as crazy as Zorn.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 1, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Eli would be 10 TD and 24 INT behind the Skins O-line.... actually he would be in injured reserve by now

While McNabb was with Eagles, he was the better QB than Eli each and every year including Eli's SB year. Giants defense and RB handed that SB to Eli

Posted by: SeedofChange | December 1, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

My respect for Elway continues to grow.

Posted by: onanygivensunday | December 1, 2010 1:35 PM |

Please know the hiring of the right HC for the Washington Redskins has a little less to do with how he performs in his first 13 games and a little more to do with being able to tell the owner to "kiss my rings biotch" and "get the hell out of my locker room".

That, more than anything else is what we needed....and what we got.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 1, 2010 1:49 PM
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"being able to tell the owner to "kiss my rings biotch" and "get the hell out of my locker room".
Notwithstanding the "McNabb Extension".

Posted by: onanygivensunday | December 1, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Eli v. Donovan:

Eli Manning 23 touchdown passes 16 interceptions.

Donovan McNabb 10 touchdown 12
interceptions

Is it a fair comparison?

You decide.


Posted by: MistaMoe | December 1, 2010 2:40 PM

Giants RB 1518 yarsd, 4.6 average
Redskins RB 998 yards, 4.0 average

Giants OL allowed 12 sacks
Redskins OL allowed 32 sacks

Instead of looking at just the quarterback's stats, how about what's around him? The fact that despite no ground game and an awful line, McNabb has thrown less interceptions than Eli. Also, Eli has lost five fumbles and McNabb has lost zero. That brings Eli's turnover total to 21, which is nearly double McNabb's 12. Add in the Giants' defense has allowed 114 less yards per game, intercepted one more pass, forced eight more fumbles and recorded nine more sacks, and it's not even close. All stats point to the Giants being a MUCH better team than the Redskins, but the Skins are just two games back. Is it coaching? Is it intangibles such as leadership by the quarterback that can't be seen in numbers?

I'd take McNabb, but more importantly, I'd take the Giants RB, OL and defense in a heartbeat!

Posted by: jjd72079 | December 1, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

McNabb was Giant Killer. Just look at McNabb's two wins against Giants last year.

This year with Skins.... it's unlikely to happen.

Posted by: SeedofChange | December 1, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

My respect for Elway continues to grow.

Posted by: onanygivensunday | December 1, 2010 1:35 PM |

No kidding!

I mean FIVE Super Bowls?! I knew he was good, but, yeah, seeing "The Offense" and the personnel selection, I'd say Elway was fortunate to get to and win the last two.

The first three he got to WITHOUT Shanahanahanahan.

I suppose it was Shanny's Genius that propelled Elway to dive head first through two tacklers for a first down in the Super Bowl. Because without that play, they lose.

Will to Win.

John Elway was a Bad M*thah F*kkah.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 1, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

jjd72079

Instead of looking at just the quarterback's stats, how about what's around him?

We are aware of the variances in personnel.

The idea was to generate sum chatta.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 1, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

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