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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:31 am    Post subject: No one seems to be asking questions about Eli Manning remain Reply with quote

The two-time Super Bowl MVP has quieted his critics , throwing for five touchdowns and no interceptions in wins over the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers the past two weeks.In beating the Niners, Manning engineered a late fourth-quarter drive capped by a touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with less than a minute to play. He was nearly perfect Sunday, hitting 17 of 18 passes for 231 yards and three TDs in a 38-35 win over the Bucs.His 94.4 completion percentage was a team record in a game with at least 10 attempts, and it was tied for third highest in a game in NFL history with a minimum of 15 passing attempts. Alex Smith, when he played with the 49ers, and Ryan Tannehill of Miami share the top mark at 94.7 percent."You give Eli time to throw and that's what you are going to get," Shepard said Wednesday before the Giants (3-7) practiced for Sunday's game at Philadelphia (4-6). "The offensive line has been doing a great job blocking. He has been making the throws. The throws are on point."Manning tied his career high by completing his first 11 passes before failing to hook up with halfback Saquon Barkley on a wheel route.The Eagles have had their way against the Giants. They have won four straight, including a 34-13 win at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 11, a game in which the Giants were down 24-6 at halftime and 31-6 midway through the third quarter.Manning finished 24 of 43 for 281 yards. However, he was sacked four times and threw an interception on the second play from scrimmage, setting up the first of three touchdown passes by Carson Wentz."Last time we played them, I know exactly why they beat us," coach Pat Shurmur said. "We didn't do anything that you need to do against any type of team to win. We turned the ball over, we gave them big plays, we just didn't play well enough to beat any team, so we have to fix that. That's more about us."The 37-year-old Manning didn't give much of an answer when asked about the Eagles' recent success against New York."They've been good teams and obviously hey, every time you play, you got an opportunity," he said. "It's just about what matters is this game and this opportunity to go out there and get a win."The Giants are playing better heading into this meeting. The two-game winning streak is their longest since December 2016 and they have made changes, particularly on the offensive line. Spencer Pulley is now the center and Jamon Brown has been excellent at right guard since being added to the lineup two weeks ago.Tight end Evan Engram, who missed the Eagles game with a knee injury, is back and Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, had his best game last week, rushing for 142 yards and scoring three touchdowns: two running and one on a pass."I think we're running the ball better than we did Womens Jake Elliott Jersey , so I feel like we're playing better football, but we got to continue doing that," Manning said. "They're a good team, they're a good defense, they got a good front four and they're a little banged-up in the secondary, but they'll have a good plan and we just got to go execute."NOTES: A win by Dallas (5-5) over the Redskins (6-4) would help the Giants on Thanksgiving. Manning isn't going to root."We'll watch the game, but you never know how it's all going to end up or play out, so just watch," he said.Doug Pederson gives updates on Jay Ajayi, Darren Sproles, and Alshon Jeffery It’s been awhile since Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was in the ear of Carson Wentz on game day, and the pair squeaked out a win over the Colts in the quarterback’s return to action. While there were plenty of things to be excited about — Dallas Goedert’s first career TD, and Wentz taking a few hits and getting back up — there were a long list of things that the team will need to work on as they begin to prepare for the Titans in Week 4.Pederson spoke to the media on Victory Monday, and here’s what he had to say:Injury updatesAlshon Jeffery still hasn’t been cleared for contact yet, but they are going to look at him more this week and the head coach should have more information for the media on Wednesday.He said both Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles are day-to-day, but Pederson expects both to be available to practice this week — barring any setbacks, of course.
We still have to wait and see about their status for Sunday’s Titans game.He said he has an idea of the personnel on offense, but that they still don’t have a good idea of what the identity of this group is yet. With so many players still out with injuries and players like Wentz and Jason Peters not getting much of a preseason, Pederson said they are still trying to get a sense of what they have collectively on offense.Pederson said this kind of uncertainty is a bit odd, but it gives the defense and special teams an opportunity to step up early in the year, and then once the offense gets going later on, things start firing on all cylinders.On Carson Wentz’s returnPederson talked about Wentz’s preparation through his rehab has helped him and helped him develop as a leader. He talked about Wentz being such a competitor and studying hard,and while yesterday’s game wasn’t perfect, Pederson noted “there wasn’t really a big drop that people had expected”.He said that Sunday’s game was a good matchup for Wentz to get back on the field, but looking at the big picture Authentic Cameron Johnston Jersey , the QBs time on the sideline has definitely helped.Pederson says Wentz continues to grow in the situational aspects of the game, and that he brings such a competitive impact to the team’s offense — pointing out some of the QBs scrambles and third-down plays from Sunday.On protecting the QBPederson talked about the five sack on Carson Wentz on Sunday, and the head coach pointed out three causes: 1) offensive line gets beat, 2) QB hangs on to the ball or tries to scramble, and 3) flat out coverage. It was a little bit of all three of those. He pointed to a couple situations in which Wentz should have thrown the ball away, but Pederson said they are all correctable mistakes and small things that they can easily work on.On the win over the ColtsHe was asked about Jalen Mills performance the past few weeks, and Pederson noted that he’s been playing extremely well. He did point out that Mills needs to be more aware of his off-hand, but that he’s physical and tough and always in position to make a play. Pederson continued to talk about how with any player, especially young players, there is a need to move on after a missed opportunity. He said that Mills has that ability, whether it’s a flag or a missed tackle, the cornerback is able to focus on what’s next.Over on offense, Pederson was asked why Shelton Gibson hasn’t gotten more play time — especially with Mike Wallace being out. The head coach said he didn’t want to give away too much scheme-wise, but that yesterday they felt more comfortable going with some of their 12- and 13-personnel groupings.Pederson said that’s just how the game unfolded, but that Gibson is another young player who is continuing to grow and get better with the offense. They did have a package of plays ready for him against the Colts, they just weren’t able to use them.The head coach also was very happy with the young running backs on Sunday, particularly Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood. He specifically pointed out these they are both core special team players, and for them to turn around and also play on offense is tough to do, but they both did a great job.Doug didn’t, however, offer up his opinion on what I am considering the absolutely terrifying reveal of Gritty, the new mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers. (Seriously, this thing is going to haunt my dreams.)
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