Eli Manning willing the Giants back into NFC East contention:

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Photo credit: Mike Morbeck

Author: Jon Kuzma

With the NFC East all tied up with Dallas, Washington, and New York all sitting at 2-2 on the year. Much praise must go to Eli Manning. His efforts in the comeback have been phenomenal and he has recorded 7 touchdowns and only 1 interception this season. It’s Manning’s ability to handle the pressure when his back is against the wall that is most impressive. After the Giants started 0-2 on the season Manning willed this team to 2 straight victories. One against NFC East rival the Washington Redskins and the other against the much improved Buffalo Billis. In those games Manning had to overcome the loss of Giants receiver Victor Cruz who has been sidelined with an injury. Yet that didn’t stop Manning from rising to the occasion time and time again and doing really what he has done all his career. Step up, when the team needed him the most. How many times has this team struggled only to see Manning rise up and lead this team to a Super Bowl win? While it seems like the Giants have been down in recent years, it must be noted that the defense this year has been stellar. Which could be a formula for success moving forward during the season. Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has led the team to a first overall ranking in run defense. Which makes Manning’s job on offense that much easier. A good defense will allow the Giants’ offense to have more time of possession on offense. Which is always a good fundamental for success in football. While two weeks ago this team was in the dumps and we were all writing them off. They are now tied for the division lead, and could easily come out the big winner in the NFC East now that Tony Romo is injured. Right now you have to go with the Giants in the NFC East. It’s all because of an improved defense and Manning’s ability to limit turnovers offensively.

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