Does Eli Manning Deserve the Criticism He's Receiving for Roller-Coaster Year?

Ryan SimonCorrespondent IISeptember 26, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 20:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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This is a loaded question, but my answer is no.

Before the Week 3 beat down of the Carolina Panthers, Eli Manning was getting some heat for his performance against the Dallas Cowboys, as well as the first three quarters of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, but I think people were just looking too much into it.

The New York Giants always feel things out early in the season, and they're still sitting on a 2-1 record.

They easily look like the best team in the NFC East right now, and this can get reinforced with a win against the Philadelphia Eagles, who looked absolutely terrible against the Arizona Cardinals without Jeremy Maclin. 

Eli is an elite quarterback in this league, and it's time for people to check the hardware.

The New York Giants, quarterbacked by Eli, beat the New England Patriots in two Super Bowls!

Tom Brady could be 5-0 in Super Bowls if it wasn't for the New York Giants and Eli. Do people not realize how amazing that is? I don't care what gestures he makes with his body or his face, or what you think about him as a person, the New York Giants are a much better team with him than without him.

This isn't to say he should never get criticized, but when is the nitpicking going to end? People go out of their way to point out a face Eli made on the sideline or a throw where he may or may not have tried to force a pass that wasn't there.

Eli trusts his receivers and his arm immensely, so sometimes he tries to throw passes that maybe he should lay off. Is he the only quarterback in the league who does this? Not even close.

At the end of the day, the Giants beat the Buccaneers and Panthers. Let's leave the imaginary situations alone and focus on what actually happened.