- Eli Manning is poised to start for the Giants on Monday.
- His first action since Week 2 is both an audition and a farewell.
- Daniel Jones, meanwhile, gets to rest his balky ankle.
New York Giants fans haven’t seen the last of Eli Manning under center after all.
The 16-year veteran is poised to start against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, as starter Daniel Jones deals with a high ankle sprain that’s left him in a walking boot.
While Manning’s first action since Week 2 will have only marginal bearing on the playoff race, it could nevertheless go a long way toward informing his NFL future. More important for New York, though, is the opportunity to send Manning out with a team-wide performance and fan reception befitting his status as a future Hall-of-Famer.
An Audition to Extend His Career
Manning has long been mum on his potential timeline toward retirement. Even after Jones was named New York’s full-time starter following the team’s loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 14, he avoided speaking openly on the longevity of his career one way or the other.
No one but Manning knows whether he’ll continue playing beyond the regular season. Should he elect to stave off retirement for at least one more year, though, starting on Monday Night Football against a divisional rival could serve as the successful audition prompting that decision.
One problem: Manning’s 10-20 career record versus the Eagles is his worst of any opponent, and he’s lost the last five games he’s played against Philadelphia dating back to December 2016. While it would be an incredible story for Manning to lead the Giants to victory,