TORONTO - We’re starting to think Eli Manning isn’t the most honest person around.
Last week he said he doesn’t read any articles, or listen to commentary about himself or the Giants.
Following Monday’s unimpressive win over St. Louis, Manning said he didn’t hear any booing from New York fans.
“I didn’t hear any of it. You’re out there just concentrating and trying to figure what the defence is doing and how you can attack it and make some plays,” Manning said.
“I thought they were booing someone else.”
No, Eli, they were for you. And they probably will continue to boo, because people have short memories.
The Super Bowl win and MVP performance are secondary now to the mammoth contract and even bigger expectations in New York.
Manning faced the wrath of the fans after throwing an interception early and failing to get the offence moving.
However, as is often the case with the younger Manning, the stats might not have overwhelmed (18-of-29 for 200 yards) but the end result was a win.
The Giants were 10-6 last season, 12-4 to win the NFC East in 2008, won the Super Bowl in 2007 and were NFC East champs again in 2005. Hard to complain about that.
C'MON, THINGS ARE HARD ENOUGH FOR CUTLER
Some accuse Fox News of stretching the truth, but Fox Sports apparently acted a little sketchy during a Week 1 broadcast as well.
During the first Bears game of the year, Fox showed headlines referring to beleaguered quarterback Jay Cutler and said they came from Chicago newspapers. According to the Poynter Institute, they read: Cutler Leaves With Injury; Cutler Lacks Courage; Cutler’s No Leader.
Fair enough, except the Chicago Tribune looked for those headlines and came up empty.
You see, the Chicago media was actually pretty tame towards Cutler after he checked out of the NFC Championship game against Green Bay due to a knee injury.
The Tribune’s investigation prompted a response from FOX Sports spokesman Dan Bell.
“It was misleading,” Bell said.
“Our attempt was to capture the overall sentiment nationwide following that game.”
Without checking to see what actually was written at the time. The Tribune also checked other American papers for those headlines and came up blank.
CAN ANY DEFENCE STOP THESE QBS?
It’s the year of the quarterback. And then some.
Sure, we’re just two weeks into the season, but a lot of quarterbacks — not even just the superstars — are putting up some serious numbers. Defences have a lot of work to do.
Five QBs, Tony Romo, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Philip Rivers and Tom Brady, are on pace to destroy the single-season passing yardage record, set by Dan Marino back in 1984. Matt Hasselbeck and Aaron Rodgers aren’t far off either.
Now, surely the rookie Newton and the veteran Hasselbeck will come back to earth, but would you bet against any of the others coming close to the former Ace Ventura Pet Detective bit player’s mark?
According to Profootballtalk.com, only two starting quarterbacks have a QB rating under 70.7: Matt Cassel (50.4) and Luke McCown (30.6) who likely will be replaced by rookie Blaine Gabbert.
After two weeks of play last season, 10 quarterbacks were below 70.7.
Either the lockout somehow made a ton of teams forget how to defend, or something is going on here.
Not that too many fans are complaining. The vast majority prefer an old-fashioned shootout to a 10-7 slugfest.
NO LOVIE FOR PASS-HAPPY MARTZ
There is a disturbance in the force in Chicago.
At least where the balance between passing and rushing in the offence is concerned.
Chicago ran the ball just 11 times in Sunday’s loss to New Orleans, while letting it fly 52 times.
“I know the balance as far as run/pass wasn’t there,” Bears head coach Lovie Smith said this week.
“All I can say is we’ll get it better. We can’t win football games with that kind of balance.”
Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz, long regarded as one of the best offensive minds in the NFL, has found himself under pressure due to the odd play-calling.
Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler was sacked six times and the belief is that number might have been cut in half had Martz called more rushing plays.
It is not entirely clear why the Bears went away from the ground game either.
Matt Forte had broken off a 42-yard gain early on, though he also had some no-gains.
At times, the Bears passed upwards of four plays in a row. It led to a third quarter field goal that cut the Saints’ lead to 16-10, but the pass-happy attack also led to a pivotal Cutler fumble that led to a crucial New Orleans touchdown.