On or about 4:30 this afternoon a NY Giants era will end. Short of an pregame injury or illness to Geno Smith, Eli Manning will not take the first Giants offensive snap.
This has not happened since mid November 2004. Over those years when the Giants have had one starting QB, the winless Browns have had 24, our neighboring Jets 13, America's Team 11, even the almighty Patriots have had 4. Those same Patriots have played in 5 Super Bowls in that time frame beginning Nov 2004 and have won 3. The two losses were at the hands of Eli and the Giants.
All things end, but should not happen if the QB has played for a team that has had 20 players on the IR, including his two best receivers ,and much of his offensive line. Admittedly this hasn't been Eli's finest season, although his completion rating is higher than his career avg.
The completion rating is the product of his lowest Yards per Completion. The loss of your best receivers eliminates deep threats, the porous offensive line which has yielded Eli's highest sack % since his first season forces a QB to look to the safety valve.
The clock eating long drives are seldom, putting the equally oft injured defense on the field for lengthy and frequent periods....a systematic failure due to injuries. Not cause to sit the iconic QB.