Because of one especially awful game Week 11 against San Francisco in which he threw five interceptions,
It was especially evident in Week 12 when, aided by Beckham's spectacular one-handed catch falling into the end zone, Manning threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns. But it was nothing new for him. He has averaged 307.0 yards with nine touchdown passes in four games with Cruz out of the picture -- again, removing Week 11 from the equation.
It's not so surprising, really, given the effort he has made to deliver Beckham the ball, targeting him an average of 11.0 times over the last four weeks. If you have faith in Beckham to continue to deliver -- and after that catch Sunday, how could you not? -- then to some extent, you should have faith in Manning as well.
His position is much deeper, of course, so you have to weigh the downside as well as the upside with him. But given his matchups over the next few weeks, including Week 13 at Jacksonville, Manning is at least usable in 12-team leagues to close out the season.
Manning hooked up with rookie Odell Beckham on a pair of touchdowns in the first half, including an outstanding one-handed, 43-yard catch that will certainly find its way on every Play of the Year list. The Giants took a 21-10 lead into halftime before the Cowboys scored two touchdowns in the third quarter. Manning was able to bring his team back by connecting with Adrien Robinson from one-yard out with just three minutes remaining, but the Giants defense was unable to stop the Cowboys from responding one more time.
Manning's one interception came on an overthrow to a wide-open receiver who looked like he had a clear lane to the end zone with an on-target throw. Even with that mistake, it was an excellent rebound performance after throwing five interceptions in his previous game. He's set to face off with the Jaguars in Week 13.
"I don't want anything else but to be here, play here and win another championship here," Manning said Wednesday.
Manning, who has already led the team to two Super Bowl titles, is coming off a five-interception game against San Francisco. It marked the team's fifth consecutive loss and all but eliminated the Giants from playoff contention.
Coughlin voiced his displeasure after the loss about the Giants' failed attempt to score a go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter on four plays from the 4-yard line. On Monday, however, Coughlin expressed disappointment with another failed play earlier in the game, which he believes would have resulted in a 76-yard touchdown reception by rookie wide receiver
On their second offensive drive, the Giants had a second-and-8 from the 24-yard line. Manning faked the handoff to running back Rashad Jennings and had two receivers -- Beckham and tight end
"On the seventh play of the game -- we scored on the fifth -- we had another opportunity for a score there," Coughlin said Monday, per NJ.com. "We had Odell running open on that play."
Manning had a lot of struggles near or inside the red zone Sunday. His second interception came on a third-and-7 play from the 49ers' 17-yard line. His third interception was picked off at the 49ers' 25-yard line. His fourth interception was intercepted at the 49ers' 20-yard line.
His last interception was picked off at the 49ers' 2-yard line after the Giants failed to convert on four straight passes from San Francisco's 4-yard line late in the fourth quarter. The Giants were driving for a go-ahead score at the time.
Manning had all of two interceptions in his previous seven games and six in his first nine games. His only other five-interception game happened in Dec. 2013 against the Seahawks.
Manning's lone touchdown was a 19-yard completion to tight end Larry Donnell in the first quarter, which gave New York a 7-0 lead. Manning has thrown just one touchdown pass in two straight games.
The Giants are back in action Week 12 vs. Dallas.
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