Black Forest aka the Oakland Raiders was the latest of three cupcakes to get chomped by the New York Giants, suffering the same dismal fate as Red Velvet (Tampa Bay Bucs) and Strawberry Shortcake (Kansas City Chiefs). Eli Manning was supposed to possibly not start to rest his plantar fascitis, instead he looked amazing dropping bombs on the hapless Raider defense. I don't think he should have played however.
Oh sure, Eli looked brilliant passing the ball, even at half strength, especially on a rainbow strike to Steve Smith and a guided missile in the endzone to Mario Manningham. I understand Eli's first half appearance had a “perfect” 158.3 quarterback rating. Although I don't understand how anything less than a touchdown on every single play could be considered perfect. CBS's Dan Dierdorf threw out the P-word to descibe how perfectly wonderful Eli's passes were. And so the legend of Eli grows. I don't care about perfection, I just want to see Eli healthy enough to give 158.3% effort on every play.
I know Eli SAID there were no setbacks to the heel after the game. But you can color me unconvinced. David Carr clearly could have led Big Blue to a victory over this Pop Warner team from Oakland, a team that only was able to muster around five plays on offense all day long. (Editors note: the Raiders ran 44 plays to the Giants 65).
I just don't want to see Eli get sacked a couple of times next week and suddenly be stumbling around hurt. An extra bye week at this juncture would have been the right call.
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Written by Mark Reichman