Can Eli Manning Do It Again?
Can Eli Manning Do It Again?
By the KING of Las Vegas WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
A week ago at this time, I was talking about how Eli Manning was carrying the weight of all New York Super Bowl hopes on his shoulders. You regulars know I follow the New York sports scene very closely because I was born there. I'm a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!). I thought Manning would be the key ingredient in that game. He certainly impressed me with this passing performance:
277 passing yards
He didn't exactly explode out of the gate, as a penalty on Manning in the end zone gave Atlanta an early 2-0 lead. And, it was just 7-2 at halftime, with nobody thinking the Giants were a lock to close it out. But, Manning did have a great second half, and ultimately was the key offensive contributor in a 24-2 victory.
Can he do it again this Sunday in Green Bay?
In his favor this time:
Manning seems to be much better as a dog than as a favorite. When the pressure is on, he tends to become mistake-prone (that's why I wasn't as optimistic as others that he would perform well last week vs. Atlanta). There's really no pressure vs. Green Bay because the Giants are supposed to lose.
Manning's confidence is at a high level, coming off the win over Atlanta, two big wins over Dallas, and that huge city rivalry game with the NY Jets. You don't often hear the phrase "playing with confidence" directed toward Eli Manning. He's known to be inconsistent. He sure looked confident in the second half last week.
Manning has gotten used to playing in cold January weather. The knock on him for many years was that he was a fair weather quarterback. Growing up in the South, he was at his best in good conditions or indoors. Stick him outside in the cold win in January, and he was awful. The Super Bowl season helped with that, as New York won a game in Green Bay on the way to their shocking crown. I don't expect Manning to be phased by conditions on Sunday.
On the other hand....
Manning has such an inconsistent history that you just can't assume his production is going to stay at this pace. He's overdue for another bad game, like the one vs. Washington that marred an otherwise stellar December.
Manning has stretches where he's extremely interception prone, and he's facing a defense that forces a lot of turnovers. Manning isn't going to win this game if he combines 300 passing yards with 3 interceptions.
Manning is facing a bye team that had a lot of extra time to gameplan for him.
You can be certain that I'll be releasing this game to my clients, along with Houston-Baltimore on the Sunday ticket. I can't tell you here in my web article who I like because it wouldn't be fair to paying customers. I can tell you that my final decision in this game was greatly influenced by my personal expectations for Manning. I'm a New Yorker. I've seen every play of every Giants playoff game multiple times because of the research I do in my home theatre in my house that winners built.
W.A.R is an S.O.B. who's going to W.I.N.!
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Speaking of basketball madness, the Monday schedule has made oddsmakers mad because there are so many day games! Fully eight of the 11 pro basketball games set for Monday are in the afternoon in celebration of MLK Day. There are also some "Big Monday" games in the colleges set for early tips that will lead into a great prime-time showcase.
Here's the basketball schedule for the biggest college TV games:
#14 Louisville at #25 Marquette at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Texas A&M at #9 Missouri at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Pittsburgh at #1 Syracuse at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
#4 Baylor at #10 Kansas at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Wow...great card! That's four top ten teams, and six ranked teams overall.Let's win big in the NFL playoffs today, then keep the winners pouring in through a great week of basketball. Don't take six weeks off waiting for March Madness to arrive. I'm on a very hot streak of late...and the schedule is about to get even more intense. That means it's time for YOU to go to W.A.R. alongside WAYNE ALLYN ROOT!
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