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The Eli Manning era Might be Coming to a Close Sooner Than You Think

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The New York Giants start a season 0-2 for the fifth time in six seasons. That is the most in the NFL and for a franchise that is in a big market, it is clearly unacceptable. The New York Giants offense was horrendous once again in a 20-13 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Giants have only scored 28 points in the first two games of the season and it is one of the worst marks for a team in the NFL. This offense might look worse this season than the one that had a 3-13 record last season.

They had the number two pick in the NFL Draft. New York decided to pass on drafting a quarterback and they selected running back Saquon Barkley with that pick. I will defend the New York Giants for taking him, but I also feel sorry for Barkley that other writers are already saying that the Giants made a mistake with that pick.

I feel bad for him because he is one of the most talented running backs to ever be drafted. Barkely is very good at making the first man miss. He only rushed for 28 yards on 11 carries, but Saquon Barkley caught 14 passes for 80 yards.

Barkley was Eli Manning's security blanket for most of the game. Manning kept checking the ball down to him which means a few things. The first thing is that the offensive line is horrendous. Supposedly the Giants fixed the offensive line in the offseason and it doesn't look like it.

The second thing is that maybe Eli Manning can't throw the ball down the field anymore. I can understand why people say Manning didn't have time in the pocket to pass, but what about the times he did? Was a checkdown the play call every play? I don't think so. If we all had access to NFL films, I bet Eli Manning had a chance to hit Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, or Even Engram when the game was close.

His mobility is not good and his style of quarterback play seems to be outdated. Do you think the New York Giants have the worst offensive line in the league? The answer is it is close, but it belongs to the Seattle Seahawks.

Do you want to know why the Seahawks offensive line doesn't look as bad as it does, because quarterback Russell Wilson can make plays out of the pocket.

The Houston Texans offensive line is not very good either but do you want to know why it looks better than it does? Because quarterback Deshaun Watson can move out of the pocket and make plays.

The New York Giants are already at an 0-2 hole and the schedule does not get any easier. They play at the Houston Texans, vs the New Orleans Saints, at the Carolina Panthers, vs the Philadelphia Eagles (Thursday Night Week 6), at the Atlanta Falcons and vs the Washington Redskins before their Week 9 bye.

If the Giants start 0-5 or 0-6, they should seriously consider benching Manning and play rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta. New York would have nothing to lose at that point. Eli Manning is 37 years old and the New York Giants can not hang on to the past for much longer if they can not get anything rolling. I am not saying this is all of Manning's fault. All I am saying is that everything comes to an end at some point and the Giants need to realize it.

Manning has completed 69.1 percent of his passes for 503 yards one touchdown and two interceptions so far this season. The reason why he has completed 69.1 percent of his passes is because he hasn't thrown many deep passes. Manning is ranked 19th in the NFL so far this season in

Kyle Lauletta was a fourth-round pick from the University of Richmond in the 2018 NFL Draft. He has more mobility at this point and maybe Lauletta would provide a spark to this offense at the appropriate time. I have already seen tweets from fans about wanting the New York Giants to start him. Maybe they will get there wish sooner rather than later, but let's hope not. Once and if Eli Manning gets benched for whatever reason this season, we know the Manning era is over.

This article was originally published on @gk18