The strange season for the New York Giants just got stranger. The starting QB for the Giants in week 13 against the Raiders will be Geno Smith. Don’t adjust your eyes; your reading that correctly. The Giants are benching 2x Super Bowl Champion Eli Manning for Geno Smith. Manning 210 consecutive starts streak is over. The Giants took a chance on Smith this offseason, after his career with the Jets ended unceremoniously.
The Giants currently sit 2-11 in the standing, after starting off the season 0-6. Severally key players including Odell are done for the season. Now Manning is being benched for Smith, the same QB who was once punched by a Jets teammate for not paying back money owed. Granted Smith has grown and matured since that incident, but it still stings none the less for Giants fans and Manning.
Coming off a playoff appearance and a 10-6 season, expectations were high for the Giants. They signed Brandon Marshall to be that big receiver in the Red Zone, and drafted TE Evan Engram. With a dominating defense, and new play makers on offense, the Giants were expected to make some noise this season. The one thing the Giants didn’t do was upgrade the offensive line which has come back to haunt them.
Now there’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Giants and Eli Manning. They are going to use the last five games to evaluate Geno and 3rd string QB Webb Davis. Where that leaves Manning is everyone’s guess. The Giants will likely have a top 5 pick in the upcoming draft, and this draft has some talent QB’s in Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen.