Eli Manning under Center
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As I, and everyone other football fan, expected Eli participated in practice Friday, which virtually guarantees that he will be under Center when the New York Giants take on the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

He remains Questionable on the injury report, but that is a mere formality to document Eli’s missed practices during the week.  In my humble opinion, wild horses could not keep Eli from extending his streak of 75 consecutive regular season starts.

The Star Ledger notes that Eli took the majority snaps out of the shotgun, which would reduce the amount of moving around in the pocket for Eli.  It would also afford Eli some extra time in the pocket to reduce the hits from the aggressive Raiders defensive front.

I also assume that the Giants will use a heavy dose of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw for a number of reasons.  Naturally, the more the focus is on the running game, the less falls on the shoulders, or foot, of Eli.  Secondly, the Raiders struggle against the run allowing 146.3 yard per game on the ground, which is good for 26th in the league. Meanwhile they are 11th in the league with just 211 passing yards per game.

Like I suggested in my first analysis of this situation (click here to read), if you have a solid alternative for Eli on your fantasy team, you may want to go that direction.  Aside from a heavy reliance on the running game, Eli could have an early exit if the Giants get a big lead on the over-matched Raiders.

Eli Manning under Center
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Eli Manning will not take part in practice until the end of the week at the best as he will get treatment on his foot with hopes that he can play through the plantar fascia injury he is suffering through.

Eli’s chances of playing  will depend on his pain tolerance, which, if you as evidenced by the time when he played with a separated shoulder in 2007, is quite high.  Peyton Manning has never missed a start in his career and Eli has an 75 game consecutive start streak going, 82 if you count his seven playoff games.  Those Manning boys are tough.  It’s in their blood.  Archie Manning took a beating playing for some awful teams, but kept getting up.  My guess is if it were an injury where playing could worsen the condition he would be more likely to sit out.  However, since it’s just a pain tolerance thing, the Giants would have to lock him up to keep him off the field.

That doesn’t mean that you have to play him though.  If you have a solid alternative, you may want to go in that direction.  After all, Oakland is 11th against the pass, allowing just 211 yards per game, and that includes tilts with Philip Rivers and Matt Schaub, who happen to be two of the best Quarterbacks in the league.  On the flip side Oakland is 26th in the league in run defense, allowing 146.3 yards per game.  It would appear to me, that even if Eli plays, this is the week that you hand the keys over to Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw.

We’ll continue to monitor the situation as game time approaches, but as of now I’d say plan on playing him if you must, but look for an alternative.  Leave a comment if you want a second opinion on which alternative to go with.

Eli missed Thursday’s practice as well.

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