Eli Manning Hopes Offense Retains Productivity against Redskins

Jim Mancari , Contributor

Eli Manning addressed the media Thursday to discuss his team’s outlook heading into the Monday showdown with the Washington Redskins.

He said that the team needs to protect the football, since the Redskins do a good job in creating turnovers.

“I had two turnovers last time in the game so we need to fix that,” Manning said. “I thought we were very good at third-down last time. I thought we were pretty good in the red zone getting touchdowns. I thought we played pretty well most of the game, except for those two turnovers.”

Manning relied on a game-winning touchdown strike to Victor Cruz in the waning seconds of the Giants’ win earlier this season against the Redskins. Cruz burnt Washington’s defense, which has had a propensity all season for giving up big plays.

“They have an aggressive style in some of their coverages,” Manning said. “Gives the opportunity for guys to make plays and make interceptions, yet if you can see things, and you have enough time, they open up some holes for some big plays. You have to understand when to take your shots and understand that when they have things covered.”

After struggling offensively against the Steelers and Bengals, the Giants’ offense finally clicked coming off their bye week against the Packers. Manning said he felt good about his game after rumors surfaced of a potential dead arm.

“It’s good to see the offense clicking and making plays and we just have to make sure we’re continuing to do that,” he said. “Everybody as a whole offense is playing better football.”

Part of this offensive attack will be a new look at running back. With Andre Brown injured, David Wilson will be called upon to give Ahmad Bradshaw a breather. Running backs Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin were brought in for insurance, and Manning said they adjusted well in their first day of practice.

“I think they did a good job,” Manning said. “Obviously it’s a lot thrown at them very quickly, but both guys have been around a number of years, and understand that. I think they’ll pick things up quickly and try to throw as much at them as possible and see what they can take in and see how much they can possibly help us this week.”

With a divisional win against the 5-6 Redskins, the Giants would put themselves in great shape to defend their NFC East title. However, Manning is simply focused on Monday night’s game and nothing more.

“That’s not the concern,” said Manning about the possibility of locking up the division with a win. “We still have a lot of football left. We have five games left. This is an important one, because it’s the next. We have to worry about having great practices going in there and find a way to win.”

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