Giants quarterback Eli Manning has thrown just six touchdown passes this season, which ranks 23rd in the league and is the third-fewest among all quarterbacks who have played five games. His 7.39 yards per attempt ranks 19th. And he has been sacked 16 times, tied for fourth-most in the NFL.
And even though the Giants are 1-4 this season and are 4-16 in Manning's last 20 starts dating back to 2017, the long-time franchise quarterback has been on the decline over the past several years, and the numbers prove it, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.
Since 2014, Manning's air yards per attempt has gone down from 8.16 to 7.02; his touchdown passes per attempt has gone down from 5.7 in 2015 to 3.2; and his quarterback rating has fallen from 61.0 to 52.5, and reached a low point of 45.7 in 2016.
"All you have to do is watch him," one former NFL executive told Raanan. "Don't think about what his name is. Just watch him. Don't make excuses. It's blatant and obvious."
As a team, the Giants rank 25th in yards per game (337.8) and 23rd in points per game (20.8). Their Week 5 loss to the Carolina Panthers was the first time since Week 17 of the 2016 season in which they eclipsed 30 points.
And that's with Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard as playmakers.
Granted, New York's offensive line has not done him any favors given he has been sacked so many times, alloting him less time to create plays, however according to Raanan, Manning has thrown for just 132 yards and no touchdowns on 48 dropbacks under pressure this season.
Since 2014, Manning has averaged 260.6 yards, 1.7 touchdowns and 0.9 interceptions per game with an 88.8 quarterback rating, according to ProFootballReference. Over the past two seasons, he has averaged 242.5 yards, 1.3 touchdowns and 0.8 interceptions per game.
Compare that to the 2011 season, when Manning averaged 308.3 yards, 1.8 touchdowns and one interception per game en route to his second Super Bowl title. Manning's QBR that season was 92.9.
While Beckham didn't necessarily give Manning a vote of confidence in a sit-down interview last week, a situation which Manning effectively diffused, several Giants players, according to Raanan, have privately been frustrated with Manning's play.
Only twice in his last 25 games has Manning thrown for at least three touchdowns in a game. While that timeframe also includes the final 11 games last season after Beckham, Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris all suffered season-ending injuries, he has topped 300 yards passing just twice in his last 17 games -- and just once this season.
Manning told ESPN, "I feel like I can play at a high level. I can make all the throws and play this game at a high level and lead this team."
But others differ. Said former NFL offensive lineman and current ESPN analyst Damien Woody: "He is toast."