We always thought Eli Manning got a little too much credit for the team’s Super Bowl run in 2007, and not enough credit for improving as a player in the years since.
Yes, he took a step back in 2010. But his best two seasons as a pro were in 2008 and 2009. He just had less help around him then.
Manning has taken his development to another level this season. He’s always been a streaky player, but he’s been on a hot streak all season long. He’s survived a weak offensive line and we’d argue he was even playing well when the Giants were losing games.
The difference this year: Manning has made more plays with his legs. Really. For my column Thursday on NBCSports.com, I looked at Manning’s newfound ability to extend plays, take a beating, and keep coming back for more.