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Manning's Staying Medium

We had a pretty ho-hum conference call with Eli "LBM" Manning today, but I'll pass along a few tidbits. (Also, Coach Tom Coughlin didn't say much about the injuries to RB Brandon Jacobs and WR Plaxico Burress, calling them both "day-to-day" and saying they need "further rehab and healing" to be able to play Sunday).

Manning was asked if he expects to rely a little less on the pass this week than they did at Arizona, especially if Jacobs returns (the Skins are figuring he will play).

"It all depends on what kind of game it turns out to be," Manning said. "We're always going to try to run the ball." Manning said that, with the Cards playing a single safety and man coverage on one side, the Giants figured would be tough to make plays in the passing game with Burress leaving with a hamstring injury, but they stuck with it.

This game doesn't project to be as high-scoring as the Giants-Cards game (37-29). "Probably not," Manning said, "but you never know what can happen in the NFC East."

We tried to get Manning going about his development as a QB, winning the big game last year and all, but he took a measured approach.

"I just try to improve from week to week and learn from my mistakes," Manning said, "and just figure out the best way to play quarterback to my ability, and the best way to put our team in situations to win games, not making mistakes. You don't have to force things if something's not there."

As for the Giants going from a team that seemed ready to implode last season, to winning the Super Bowl, to now, at 10-1 being one of the NFL's best teams, Manning believes they found a singular identity on offense.

"We're not taking as many shots as we did before," he said, with the run carrying the day and the passing game more often based on short routes. "We just kind of found our style of playing football. We've been a team that was streaky at times ... We found that we've got to be consistent."

With so much success, obviously there are a lot of smiles in East Rutherford these days. "It's been a fun season, it really has," Manning said. "Guys are playing tough."

Manning said the Giants are bracing for an emotional game Sunday, with the Redskins honoring Sean Taylor before the game. "We know they're going to be coming out with their best game and playing great football," Manning said. "So we know we've got to try to match that attitude and mentality."

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2008; 3:25 PM ET
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We don't need medium Manning, we need to cook him.

Well done.

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | November 26, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

f, bayonette attachment, laser sights, come on buddy, break with the details...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 26, 2008 3:05 PM

Bare-bones right now. First priority is a mounted light. Not interested in a laser sight. Will consider a bayonet if it doesn't conflict with the light.

Might also experiment with pistol grip replacements for the pump and possibly the stock (ala the "Cruiser" version of the 590). I wasn't initially very warm to the idea, but we had some friends over for dinner a couple of weeks ago, one of whom is an Army sniper who had good things to say about the pistol grips. So we'll see.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 26, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

OK guys, important stuff. I got to decide on my flex guy in FF.

Fred Jackson of Buffalo vs SF. He gets a good number of touches for a backup, but he's a backup

Deion Branch vs dal. Hasselback has to throw it to someone, right? Branch is his #1 guy? Sort of.

Brandon Jones vs Det. Tenn's #2 WR, but I expect Tenn to run the ball vs Det.

Chester Taylor vs Chi. Another backup who gets touches, had a good game vs Chi in the first meeting

Devery Henderson vs TB. Brees throws it to everyone, so Henderson has been pretty quiet past few weeks with Colston back. Just 23 catches for the season, but nearly 25 yards a catch

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 26, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Forget the players damned redskins fans had better be there to support their team playing with memories of their loss.

Last year fans were there for them. They need to be so again.

Posted by: periculum | November 26, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

freak, isn't it illegal to own a gun out where you live?

Posted by: dealer1 | November 26, 2008 3:25 PM

No. Not yet, anyway. This is my first purchase, but there will probably be more in short order, while it's still legal. Sadly the New Guy heading to DC has a history of opposing one's right to defend oneself.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 26, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

F Eli Manning.

F Tom Coughlin.

F Brandon Jacobs & Plaxico Burress, whether they play or sit.

F the Giants.

F waiting another four days for this game to kick off.


Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving, RI!

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 26, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Happy Thanksgiving back atcha, Nate. And everybody else!

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | November 26, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Great. Not bad enough with the political back and forth, now the Right Wing Gun nuts and spewing forth here...

How about taking it over to an NRA board?

Meanwhile, since i believe silence equals assent, I've responded to "freakzilla." feel free to skip it.

++++This is my first purchase, but there will probably be more in short order, while it's still legal. Sadly the New Guy heading to DC has a history of opposing one's right to defend oneself.

Posted by: freakzilla

What is this "New Guy" crap, some new form of racism, or just your version of McCain's disrespectful "That one?"

Regardless, you NRA nut jobs would allow terrorists and gang bangers alike to have concealable tactical nukes based on your misinterpretation of the founding Father's amendment to the Constitution.

You cry like little school girls anytime anyone with any common sens tries to limit anything gun related--you guys support campuses chock-a- block full of concealable Glocks, put cop killer bullets in the hands of criminals, etc., defend .50 caliber "hunting" rifles.

So how about you lay off while the first intelligent President in eight years tries to give Americans a hearth and home worth defending and not in foreclosure.

Oh, and how about quoting the new President "opposing one's right to defend oneself" instead of making stuff up

Posted by: TheCork | November 26, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

If you get a chance visit Click on the nightly news clip. CP/Moss talk about the favorite memory of the Reaper. The both said Cowboys game where the Reaper told TO that he was after him and was going to hit him on every play. CP said that by the end of the game you could tell that TO didn't want any part of the Reaper.

Posted by: icetotalpackage | November 26, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Sorry deadskins,just another minor speedbump for the giants,GO ELI !

Posted by: pkmones5 | November 27, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

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