New York has reasons for concern

The Giants are winning games, but their offense has not exactly been clicking lately. Gary Horton examines why.

Updated: December 14, 2005, 3:55 PM ET
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
The Giants have won two games in a row, against the Cowboys and Eagles, but there are some reasons for concern on the offensive side of the ball as New York looks to wrap up the NFC East and get ready for the playoffs.

The first reason is the inconsistent play of second-year quarterback Eli Manning. Although many already have anointed him as the savior of the franchise, he has played miserably the last two weeks, tossing only one touchdown pass compared with five interceptions. He has done everything but give games away. Manning posted a rating of 27.9 against the Cowboys and 63.8 against the Eagles.

Manning has a great arsenal at his disposal -- a tall, vertical threat in Plaxico Burress, a solid possession receiver in Amani Toomer, one of the best tight ends in the league in Jeremy Shockey and a very smart, talented receiver out of the backfield in Tiki Barber. The problem right now might be that Manning has too many options.


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Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.