Since Eli Manning became a full-time starter in 2004 he has faced seven starting quarterbacks for the Eagles. On Monday night Sam Bradford will be the eighth. Tom Coughlin expressed gratitude at having such stability at the most important position on the field.
"It has helped us immensely to be able to have that position solidified and have an outstanding player and great leader at that spot," Coughlin said Wednesday on a conference call. "Because Eli has been there as an anchor and a guy we could always turn to, it's been a spot that many times we've had to build a football team around [him] and thank goodness for that."
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Manning is off to one of the best starts of his career. He is first in pass attempts and second in completions. The last Giants quarterback to lead the league for a full season in those categories was Ed Danowski in the 1930s. He is on pace to throw six interceptions this season, well below his career low of 10. Manning was also named the NFC offensive player of the week for his 41-for-54, 441-yard, three-touchdown performance against the 49ers.
"I think the whole offense, all the players have a better understanding and a better feel for this offense than we did last year," Manning said.
Prince in doubt?
Wide receiver isn't the only position the Giants have injury concerns about. Cornerback Prince Amukamara suffered a pectoral injury in Sunday's game and his status for Monday night against the Eagles is up in the air.
Linebacker is also a concern as the Giants return to practice on Thursday. The status of Jon Beason (concussion), Devon Kennard (hamstring) and Jonathan Casillas (hamstring) will be determined as the week progresses.
Eagles DE Fletcher Cox was named NFC defensive player of the week. He had three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery against the Saints. The recognition sets up a meeting between the NFC's reigning offensive and defensive players of the week . . . Both the Giants and Eagles gained more than 500 yards of offense in Week 5. Monday night's game will be the first in the NFL involving two teams coming off such prolific performances since Oct. 14, 2012, which also included the Giants. They beat the 49ers in that game, 26-3.