Finally, Aaron Rogers was supplanted by something greater, however brief. Eli Manning’s week 6 performance that lifted the NY Giants over the Buffalo Bills last week tops Football Outsiders’ list of QB MVP’s.
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This is one of the most valuable games you’ll ever see for a quarterback who neither passed nor ran for a touchdown. He did, however, convert four of eight third-down opportunities (including two defensive pass interference penalties). He also had four 20-yard plays, including a 60-yard catch-and-run to Hakeem Nicks in the second quarter. Opponent adjustments also play a part here. The Bills had intercepted at least one pass in every game this year, and 10 in the past three weeks, but Eli managed to keep the ball out of their hands. On the other hand, the Bills have only four sacks on the year. It’s not like Eli was running from Bruce Smith all day.
The Bruce Smith comment aside — Eli played one hell of a game. No picks, no turnovers, and nearly 300 yards of offense through the air with several pin point balls to receivers delivered on a frozen rope for big gains. He had a tremendous outing even though he didn’t throw for a TD. So did the offensive line for that matter. No sacks, great pass protection, and they really stepped up this game after a few weeks of severe scrutiny from the NY media and blogosphere — this site included.
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