Eli Manning doesn’t feel any extra pressure when it comes to keeping his starting spot under center, but he does know the Giants need to win.
New York has had extra time to prepare for its Monday Night Football matchup against San Francisco. Both teams have been struggling, with the Giants picking up only one win this season and the 49ers sitting 2-7.
“There’s urgency to get things going, for sure,” Manning said, via NJ.com. We have to get some wins. We have to get going. We want it. Team need sit for morale, for all of the hard work that we put in, the benefits of the work, and feel good about what we’re doing.”
Giants coach Pat Schurmur challenged the veteran quarterback to make the decision easier for him by playing better in the second half.
“He’s starting Monday. You guys roll with it how you want,” Shurmur said. “With the idea that he is going to get us on a run here and there will be no decisions to be made.
“Part of the conversation was, ‘We trust you, we’re going to work with you, and we trust the fact that you are going to get us in there and help us win football games.'”
Manning is trying to avoid getting benched like he did last season against the Raiders. So far this year, Manning is completing 68.3 percent of his passes and averaging 268.3 yards per game. He’s thrown eight touchdowns and six interceptions and been sacked a whopping 31 times.