Thursday Night Football gave further proof to the idea that Eli Manning’s time as a starting quarterback in the NFL is done. Or at least it should be. The New York Giants welcomed the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to town, and they let the Eagles have their way in a 34-13 shellacking. The Giants are now a woeful 1-5 and have lost 18 of their last 22 games in which they have played after allowing the Eagles, who had yet to score more than 24 points on the season, to run all over them. In the second quarter, things got so bad that Manning was 0-7 on passes attempted for more than two yards. Two. The 37 year old veteran will likely finish the season as the starter, but surely there’s no way he continues on after that. Right?
On the positive side of things, the Eagles roared back into life and showed why they were the champs last season with this performance. Carson Wentz was spectacular yet again, seemingly recovered fully from his injury now. It was by far his best game of the season, racking up three touchdowns and throwing for 278 yards total. While Manning was having a hard time getting the ball downfield, Wentz did not, throwing one of the TD’s across his body and from his back foot from 28 yards away to find Alshon Jeffrey. The Eagles are still in the hunt and will have a team that you have to go through to win the Super Bowl. The same just can’t be said about the Giants, again.
Elsewhere, the United States Men’s Soccer Team got back down to business on Thursday night in a friendly against Colombia. Despite the game being held in Tampa, it felt like a home match for the Colombians, who electrified the crowd in a 2-4 victory. The scoring was started off by world-renowned superstar James Rodriguez, who scored quite possibly the goal of the season in any competition. It’s well worth a watch, so we suggest you go and find it. The U.S. Hit back in the second half with two goals to take the lead, but their inexperience cost them as they gave up three unanswered to fall to the much better and more experienced team. The left side of the field was particularly poor, and that will require work in the future.
One such left-sided threat that appears to be doing well is Usain Bolt. The Jamaican sprinter, who is attempting to have a professional soccer career, was played as a striker by Central Coast Mariners on Thursday, and it paid dividends right away. The left footer scored twice, once when he surged past a defender with his incredible speed and drove a low shot into the near post. The other goal was a product of being in the right place at the right time. It might have just been a friendly, but this will encourage him and his team that he can reach his goal of being a true pro in the game despite such a late start.