At the same time, he couldn’t deny the rest did him some good.
“It was coming out where I wanted it to,” Manning said, via Tom Rock of Newsday. “I think it definitely had a little bit more pop to it. That’s something, you take a week off and you definitely get a little bit more fire. It was coming out good.”
As he’s gone through a bit of a slump, Manning denied he had a “tired arm” while going through a four-pick, no touchdown span over the last three games.
“I didn’t think there was anything to it,” he said Monday. “In practices I thought I was throwing the ball well. I felt no fatigue. Obviously in the course of a season you may not realize it, but today, arm felt good.”
Asked for his assesment, Giants coach Tom Coughlin used the single word: “Sharp.”
We’ll see if it holds up down the stretch, and Manning returns to the late-season and postseason form he’s displayed in the past.