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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has big brother, Peyton Manning, break him down on film via an ESPN production.

Robby Sabo

Eli Manning is toast—this is the overwhelming idea circulating around casual sports fandom due to his and his team’s struggles this season.

Luckily, that’s only casual fandom. When real football minds take a look at Manning’s play, it’s understood that he’s far from done. (Whether or not he should continue to quarterback the Giants is a completely separate issue, at age 37.)

Take big brother, Peyton Manning, for example. Is he biased? Of course. But he’s also a big brother, one who’d probably love to stick one to his younger brother at this stage of the game.


At the very least, we’d all imagine Peyton as being fair, and that’s exactly how he acted when he broke down film on Eli during ESPN’s “Detail.”

On this particular film session, Manning discusses a New York Giants adjustment by way of watching how the defense was covering Saquon Barkley on the wheel route prior to changing it up and sticking it to them on the angle.

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“I know it’s a short throw and you’re going to say, ‘He’s kissing his butt because he’s his brother and related to him.’ I don’t care,” Manning said. “This is a good throw.”

“Eli’s not known for his speed, but he does throw well on the run, and the reason being, watch how his shoulders and feet get lined up toward the target,” he said.

The reason why Eli is struggling so much this season did surface during the film session and big brother spoke on it (the offensive line).

“The Giants have had some different offensive linemen playing,” Peyton said. “I think Eli and his right guard met for the first time in the huddle on the first play of the game: ‘How you doing, nice to meet you, I’m gonna be blocking for you.’ ‘OK, I’m gonna be quarterback.’ It’s not ideal when you’re meeting your right guard for the first time in the game.”

Coming off the heels of, perhaps, his best game of the season, Eli Manning and the New York Giants will attempt to put together a win streak when Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the swamps of Northern New Jersey on Sunday.

Hopefully, the game will produce more positive film older brother Peyton Manning can break down moving forward.

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