Eleven INTs in his last three games. A three-game losing streak for his team — a team with Super Bowl expectations that’s now sitting with a .500 record in December. A quarterback in a late-season swoon after making critical mistakes at the worst possible moments. It’s just another mercurial stretch for a former No. 1 overall pick from the NFL’s premier QB family, the Mannings. Even though he has a Super Bowl victory and Pro Bowl appearances on his resume, his play is still being questioned by the fans and the media.
Poor Eli, he just can’t catch a …
Wait a minute. Something doesn’t add up here. Eli’s NY Giants are tied for first place. But that means — no, it can’t be! PEYTON?!
Shocking as it may seem, the four-time NFL MVP is currently going through one of the rockiest stretches of his career. With the season nearing completion, Peyton and the Colts find themselves in an unusual spot: they’re on the outside of the playoff picture. Yesterday’s loss to the Cowboys was punctuated by four interceptions thrown by Manning: two were returned for touchdowns, and his final pick in overtime led to the Cowboys’ game-winning field goal.
All great players are going to have their bad games. Sometimes, they may even have a couple bad games. But when one of the all-time greats has such outrageously poor performances three games in a row, and at this time of year, it’s more than fair to question what the heck is going on.
This is Peyton Manning we’re talking about, though. If his past performance show us anything, it’s that we should never bet against him, even when things look their worst.
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