Everyone knew injured Giants quarterback Eli Manning would start against the Raiders, especially considering he is number three among quarterbacks on the active list for consecutive games played. As expected, Eli took the field for the Giants and took care of business early and often against the struggling Oakland Raiders at Giant Stadium this Sunday.
Manning played for the entire first half — and that’s about all his team needed him for. Manning threw two touchdown passes, including a brilliant throw and catch from Manning to wide receiver Mario Manningham. Manning did a great job of spreading the ball around to the entire field. Manning also threw a 41 yard bomb to Steve Smith, who came into the game leading the NFL in catches and yardage. Manning eventually exited the game, as backup David Carr took over. Carr played very well, and even ran into the end zone for his own touchdown.
The Giants didn’t have much trouble staying undefeated and knocking off the Raiders, but Big Blue has a very tough schedule for the remainder of the season. It is statistically the second-most difficult schedule, so it will be interesting to see how the opposing defenses are able to do against the Giants’ dangerous passing game.
This weekend will be a very important test for the Giants when they travel to New Orleans to take on the undefeated Saints, who are coming off of their bye. Will the Giants continue to win? Will the offense keep clicking? Will Manning continue to thrive? We’ll find all of that out at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Also worth mentioning…
- The Giants are 5-0 for the first time since they won Super Bowl XXV.
- Eli Manning continues to hold the 3rd longest starting streak among active quaterbacks.
- Ahmad Bradshaw averaged 10 yards per carry against Oakland.
- The Giants will be playing their fourth road game in five games.
- Jeremy Shockey will face the Giants for the first time since he went to the Saints.