Although Eli Manning has six interceptions already this season, tied for the most in the league with Brett Favre, he will have to look to his receivers if they want a win against Chicago.
The young Manning looked solid last week with 34 completions in 48 attempts, while two of his throws bounced off receivers hands into the Titans possession. Coach Tom Coughlin should buy his receivers sticky gloves so they can hold onto the ball, seeing as five of Manning’s six interceptions have been tipped off his targets hands into the other team’s hands.
Since the Bears have good coverage against the run, Manning is going to need to trust his wide receivers and tight ends, maybe even get Ahmad Bradshaw or Brandon Jacobs to try some short receptions. They will find out early in the game if they try to run up the middle that the Bears defensive line will pound Bradshaw or Jacobs into the ground.
Manning has shown that he has the arm to win games but his key receivers need to step up and catch his passes. Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith all need to make some catches against the Bears if they want to get back on their feet two consecutive losses.
Regardless if Manning(810 yds) has thrown six interceptions, he has still thrown for more yards than Tom Brady(758) and Aaron Rodgers(759) so far this season.
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