Eli Manning outdueled by Drew Brees in Week 8

Eli Manning was spectacular in defeat, but Drew Brees was just a little bit better.

The Giants lost a barnburner on Sunday in New Orleans against the Saints, but Eli Manning definitely doesn’t deserve the blame.  In a shootout, the Giants put up 49 points, which would be enough in just about every game, except for on this day as the Saints put up 52 points. In fact in their 91-year history, they have never scored more than 49 points and lost that game. Drew Brees tied the record for touchdowns in a single game with 7. Manning fell just short of that feat with a career high of 6.


Eli Manning ended the night with 350 yards on 30 for 41 passing and those 6 touchdowns without turning the ball over.  His homecoming to New Orleans was also shared with OBJ, and the two of them made their mark connecting for three touchdowns.  That included when Eli Manning unleashed a bomb to OBJ early in the third quarter.


The Giants lost a prime opportunity to distance themselves from the rest of the NFC East, but at the same point they didn’t lose any ground with the Cowboys losing and the Redskins and Eagles on bye.


Manning and the offense did just about everything in their power to secure the win.  They could have done better on third down where they were only one of eight, but overall they did their job and then some. The defense just didn’t pull their weight this weekend.  This was the third highest scoring game in NFL history with 101 points scored. 


Down 42-28, the Giants surged back to score 21 unanswered points to take a 49-42 lead after two Dwayne Harris touchdowns from Manning. Unfortunately for the G-Men, the defense blew yet another fourth quarter lead. The Saints won on a Kai Forbath game-winning 50-yard field goal as time expired.


Eli Manning continues to have a very nice year. He has tallied 17 touchdowns and thrown just 4 interceptions. He has had his off days like the Monday Night lose against the Eagles, but he looked sharp in New Orleans.


Eli Manning will look to build off of this impressive performance next weekend against the Buccaneers. 

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