Pilgrim’s Point: What About Eli

Eli wins over Bengals

By Jeff Pilgrim @Jeff_NYG

I’m going to keep this one upbeat.  We’ve all read enough disappointing columns as the Giants have lost 8 straight. Let’s take a look at the positives from our recent loss to Green Bay.

The Giants had 335 yards of offense which was their second-highest total in the last 8 games.

  • Our offensive line did not give up a single sack.
  • The Giants only punted once (worth noting we had 3 turnovers, but we’re staying positive today) 
  • Rosas did not miss any Field Goals or Extra Points, his job is secure for the week
  • Sterling Shepard is healthy.  (caught a TD pass from DJ in the first quarter)
  • Barkley looked better, still not himself.
  • TE Kaden Smith (rookie) looked pretty damn good filling in for Engram and Ellison.
  • #PutLoveIn (as Craig has been preaching for months) Julian Love made his first career start and recorded 7 tackles and a forced fumble.

So let’s get to Pilgrim’s Point, shall we…What about Eli?

Eli Manning is a living Giants legend.  His recent struggles have distracted us from the fact that we will sing his praises for the rest of our lives.  Super Bowls are extremely hard to come by (unless you’re the Patriots).  Eli delivered two super bowls during his tenure, earning MVP’s in both.

Long after he retires and likely becomes a Hall of Famer, his struggles toward the end will fade, and what he accomplished will be remembered much clearer.  You will be able to proudly wear your #10 jersey at all future home games.  

We’ve been wondering what kind of sign-off the Giants would offer him.  Eli typically does not welcome that kind of attention.  During the McAdoo debacle, Eli declined the option to “start” the games to keep his consecutive streak alive.  He also didn’t seem interested in playing another game this year for sentimental reasons.

Even though his intentions may have been to ride out into the sunset, he may have to suit up Monday night in Philly.  Daniel Jones toughed it out during the game but has an ankle sprain he is dealing with.  Pat Shurmur confirmed there’s a good chance Eli gets the start.

Moving on from Eli to start the rookie Daniel Jones made it very clear that our problems were not QB-centric.  This team has a TON of improving to do.  I’m sure Eli would never admit it, but on some level, he’s got to be satisfied that the struggles don’t fall on his shoulders alone.  

Eli may get a chance to suit up Monday night and take down our bitter rival.  Could you think of a sweeter send-off?  

The Giants host the Eagles in week 17 for the final game of the season, and probably Eli’s final game in a Giants Jersey.  All I have to say is #ThankYouEli

And that’s the point.