Does Giants QB Eli Manning Play Better on the Road? Outside the Division? Worse in December?

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Before I get into the actual data I want to make it clear that I have no idea how this is going to turn out. Everyone talks about how Eli Manning has trouble throwing in windy Giants stadium, so I’m setting out to see realistically whether or not this is actually true.

Let’s take a look at the season’s numbers year by year.

I should note: that the statistics are courtesty of nfl.com via the “game logs” feature.

2004

Home 57 complietions ,108 attempts for 636 yards (5.8 yards per attempt) with 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions (a 66 rating)

Away39 completions in 88 attempts for 407 yards (4.6 yards per attempt), for zero Touchdowns and three interceptions (42.7 Rating).

In 2004, Eli Manning played poorly in both areas, but this is to be expected and I’m not even sure if I’ll include it in the final data because rookie seasons are not very good indicators of true success.

2005

Home 133 completions in 268 attempts (49.6 percent completion) for 1675 yards (6.25 yards per attempt) 14 TD 11 Int (69.8 QB rating)

Away 161 completions in 289 attempts (55.7 percent) for 2087 yards (7.2 yards per attempt) with 10 TD and 6 INT (81.5 QB rating).

Clearly in 2005, Eli Manning was a better QB away than he was at home. While he still had a low completion percentage in 2005 away, 7.2 yards per attempt is respectable as well as the 10 TD to 6 INT.

2006

Home 151 Completions in 259 attempts (58.3 percent) for 1583 yards (6.1 yards per pass) with 8 TD and 7 INt (75.2 rating)

Away150 completions in 263 attempts (57 percent) for 1661 yards (6.3 yards per attempt) with 16 TD and 11 INT 78.8 QB Rating.

In 2006 Eli Manning was eerily simliar in both instances 150 to 151 completions only four more passes on the road. But his Touchdown rate was much, much better on the road throwing 16 and a 11 compared to 8 and 7. He played better on the road where it mattered. His yards per attempt were better and his TD to INT ratio was better on the road.

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