Eli Manning has improved every week this season and last week had a real breakout game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The New York Giants quarterback tossed four touchdowns and was an economical 16-of-23 for 254 yards while leading the way in a 29-16 romp over their division rivals. For a quarterback who's been loudly questioned despite a Super Bowl ring and solid career numbers, a performance like this can only serve to help bolster his standing.
The test this week against the Arizona Cardinals does not look as tough on paper, but road games are never easy. Even after allowing just 171 yards to the rather awful Tavaris Jackson last week, the Cardinals are still allowing an average of 275 passing yards per game. They would seem ripe for torching by Manning.
On the positive side, the Cardinals continue to get solid performances from Kevin Kolb. In three games he's thrown for 812 yards and five touchdowns, including a impressive back-pedaling strike to Larry Fitzgerald last week. They'll be hoping running back Beanie Wells is back after missing last week's game.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, Oct. 2, 4:05 PM
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Announcers: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
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