NFL Week 14 Picks: Eli Manning Will Lead Giants to Much Needed Win in Dallas

Erick Fernandez@erickgfonsportsCorrespondent IIDecember 8, 2011

NFL Week 14 Picks: Eli Manning Will Lead Giants to Much Needed Win in Dallas

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    The New York Giants' Eli Manning has performed stellar throughout most of the season, and he did again during the G-Men's Week 13 loss to the undefeated Green Bay Packers.

    Expect more of the same from Manning in a victory against the division-leading Dallas Cowboys in Week 14.

    Despite being 6-6 and losing four straight, the G-Men are only a game out of first place. Manning is a huge reason why the Giants still have a great chance for a late-season playoff push. This Week 14 matchup with the Cowboys will obviously have huge implications on the NFC East race.

    Just like they have all year, the Giants will rely on the arm of their offensive captain in this crucial game against the Boys. Here is why Manning will not disappoint and will help end the Giants' four-game slide.

The Momenum in the Giants' Favor

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    There is obviously no such thing as a good loss, but the New York Giants sure played well in Week 13 against the best team in the NFL.

    In a shootout, the Giants were able to put 35 points on the board and tie the game with 58 seconds left in the game. Despite losing the game, the Giants and Eli Manning demonstrated that there are still a force to be reckoned with in lieu of the recent struggles.

    This game can be a season-changer in the way that the Giants' loss to the then-undefeated Patriots was in 2007.

    The Cowboys, on the other hand, suffered a heart-breaking loss to the lowly Arizona Cardinals in overtime. With a chance to extend the lead to two games over the Giants, the Boys gave the G-Men hope, and a team with a second wind can be the most dangerous.

Eli Manning's MVP Caliber Season

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    If Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wasn't having such an historic season, it could be said that Eli Manning could be an MVP candidate.

    With all of the circumstances that should prevent Manning from succeeding, that has not prevented him from having such a great season.

    Despite no running game, continuous offensive line troubles and various injuries to his wide receivers, Manning has put the Giants in a great position to win almost all of their games.

    He has had six 300-plus-yard passing games and two 400-plus-yard passing games. Manning has also had five games with 100-plus passer rating as well as five fourth quarter comebacks.

    Lack of defensive support is the reason for the Giants' struggles, not the play from their quarterback.

Tony Romo vs. Eli Manning

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    Although both Tony Romo and Eli Manning are having great seasons statistically, the Giants have an advantage at quarterback.

    Manning is a proven quarterback who has the ability to perform under pressure, while Romo has established a reputation of crumbling when the heat is on.

    In a heated rivalry game with playoff implications, Manning is a more reliable and consistent player.

    If this ends up being a tight game late in the fourth quarter and a game-winning drive is needed, many more people would have more trust in the hands of Manning instead of Romo.

The Worst Is over

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    In the past five games, the Giants went 1-4 and played four of the best teams in the NFL.

    New York went from being two games up after Week 10 in the division to one game back heading into Week 14.

    It is safe to say that their worst part of their schedule is over, and they are still in the thick of things in the NFC playoff picture. 

    Although facing the Cowboys twice and the Jets once won't be easy either, they are not at the levels of New England, San Francisco, New Orleans or Green Bay.

    Safe to say that Manning has had to face some stiff competition and has been up to the challenge.

    He will be ready for the Cowboys in Week 14.