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Eisen's Mailbag: Eli Manning's Career With Giants

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Keep an eye on these five players as the Giants face the Falcons in Week 2

For you, where does 1990 rank among the best overall seasons in Giants history? ** -Frankie

Dear Frankie:
It's certainly in the top five, depending on your personal preference. In my opinion, the 1986 season is No. 1, because it ended a 30-year championship drought. And that included arguable the darkest period in franchise history, from 1964-80. The dominant performance in Super Bowl XXI was cathartic for Giants. After that, you can really choose any of the other three season that ended with Super Bowl victories: 1990, 2007, and 2011. Or if you prefer to look backward, pick 1956. In both 1990 and 2007, the Giants defeated the team that was the overwhelming favorite to win the Lombardi Trophy – two-time defending champion San Francisco in 1990, undefeated New England 17 years later. The 1990 team was more dominate in the regular season, the 2007 team made a more unlikely postseason run. So choose one. And there's the 2011 season…

>>ASK YOUR QUESTIONS TO EISENS MAILBAGGreat news! It looks like Eli Manning will be a Giant for the rest of his career. How has Eli's game evolved since he first came into the league, and do you foresee any additional changes/adjustments in his game over the next 5 years?

-Tom

Dear Tom:
He's evolved in so many ways. Manning has a higher completion percentage, he puts fewer balls up for grabs, he throws a more accurate deep ball, he draws fewer delay of game penalties, he has complete control of the Giants' offense, he has learned how to strengthen and take care of his throwing arm, he can dissect a defense both while watching tape in his meticulous preparation and on the field, and he's the unquestioned leader of both the offense and the team. And that's an incomplete list. Anyone who holds the game job for 12 years should grow and improve. Manning continues to do that every season.

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