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Eli Manning has been playing the best football of his career in 2011. It can be argued that no top quarterback has done more with less.
The Giants lost WR Steve Smith in the off-season to their arch-rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. Manning has also seen his top two receivers (Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham) miss multiple games due to injuries. Yet Manning has connected with two players that were on the practice squad to begin the season: Victor Cruz and Jake Ballard.
Through Week 11, Manning has completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,952 yards. He has thrown for 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions. His QB rating is 94.7 (sixth-best in the NFL).
Manning has orchestrated FIVE fourth-quarter comebacks in the 2011 NFL season, against the Eagles, Cardinals, Bills, Dolphins and Patriots.
With the running game completely ineffective throughout the year (the Giants are 31st in the league with 83.2 rushing yards per game), Manning has had a big burden on his shoulders. His knowledge of the game is remarkable, as he tends to audible at the line of scrimmage quite often. His two-minute drill has been close to flawless all season long.
Manning has been very impressive with his play thus far. He must continue having these types of performances if the 6-4 Giants want a shot at making the playoffs.