If the first five games of the season have taught Giants fans anything, it’s that the team has a unique ability to overcome injuries. No matter how lengthy the injury report may grow, New York’s fearless leader Eli Manning finds a way to win.
Manning is the key component to the Giants offense; without him, the gears don’t turn. He has shown the ability to single-handedly take over a game, as the ninth-year veteran has thrown for over 1,600 yards, so far, this season.
Manning is on pace to break his career high for yardage, which was set just a season ago (4,933). If the Giants are smart, they will try to do everything in their control to keep Manning on that record-setting pace.
Keeping Manning’s production up starts with good protection. New York’s offensive line has done a solid job keeping the heat off Manning, so far, allowing only four sacks all season. If the line continues to perform like that, Manning will have all the time he needs to pick apart any defense.
Both offensive tackles have played a huge part in the Giants’ stellar protection this season. Will Beatty has recovered nicely from a preseason marked with back troubles, and Sean Locklear has filled in seamlessly for the injured David Diehl.
Beatty and Locklear have escorted almost all edge rushes away from Manning, keeping him upright and allowing him more time to hit targets downfield.
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw is also extremely reliable in pass protection. His ability to fend off blitzing linebackers earned him a start over hot-hand Andre Brown in Week 4, which demonstrates the team’s dedication to Manning’s health.