Five or six weeks ago, you would’ve laughed at the suggestion of Eli Manning starting for the New York Giants in 2019. But the G-Men have won four of five ahead of their matchup against the Titans today. And over those five games, the 37-year-old Manning has been performing well. He’s completing just over 66 percent of his passes and has 10 TDs to just two INTs over that five-game stretch.
He’s been so good, in fact, that NFL Network’s Rapoport reports the Giants could keep him on as their starter next season.
From @GMFB Weekend: #Giants QB Eli Manning may be playing his way onto the roster in 2019, which seemed crazy just a few months ago. Interesting decision looming this offseason. pic.twitter.com/9hVQx2PzIO
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 16, 2018
We want to say this is ridiculous, but honestly we cannot. Manning is completing nearly 68 percent of his passes this season (67.7), which would be a career-high. He also has just eight INTs, which would be a career-low. But outside of that, his numbers don’t shine all that brightly. 19 passing touchdowns in a pass-dominate league is less than ideal. His QBR stands at a lowly 49.6 according to Football Outsiders, which ranks him 27th.
And if the Giants are looking to compete next season, they need to avoid a slow start. That’s what did them in this year. But with the likes of Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham on offense, it’s time to find their next quarterback. The results are good right now, and the Giants are stringing win together. But we know who Eli Manning is as a quarterback. That’s not going to change next season when he’s 37 going on 38.
Let’s see if the G-Men finally address that.