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Eli Manning Looking To Get Hot, But Has Tough Test With Ravens


Now in his 13th season, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has faced every team in the NFL.

On paper, the biggest pain in the rear end has been the Ravens.

Manning has a career quarterback rating of 51.0 against Baltimore – the lowest career quarterback rating he owns against any team. They've faced off three times (2004, 2008, 2012) and are set for their fourth meeting Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Just like the Ravens are trying to get their offense on track, Manning and the Giants offense are under the microscope to turn things around after back-to-back rough outings. And it's not a favorable matchup for Manning.

The Ravens defense is ranked No. 3 overall and No. 5 against the pass. So far, the unit has been just as good as some of those past defenses that tormented Manning.

"I can't really remember over the years," Manning said this week. "They're always a good defense. They have good players."

Manning faced the Ravens as a rookie in 2004. His stat line on the day was 4-for-18 for 27 yards and two interceptions. That gave him a 0.0 quarterback rating.

In 2008, Manning completed 12 of 23 passes for 153 yards, one touchdown and one interception. In 2012, he was 14-of-28 for 150 yards and a touchdown.

Just like Manning didn't put much stock in the past, neither did outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.

"What happened in the past is just the past. This is this year," Suggs said.

Manning has completed just over 50 percent of his passes over the last two weeks. He connected on 18 of 35 passes for 199 yards and one touchdown on Monday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers. He was sacked three times.

But the Ravens know what the two-time Super Bowl winner can do when he gets hot.

"The guy is an experienced guy that has a couple of Super Bowl rings, so he's obviously pretty darn good," Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees said. "He's got great command of the offense. It's his offense, he runs it. It's all at the line so it's a no-huddle offense. It's his baby."

Suggs said the Ravens need to do a good job of disguising their coverages so Manning doesn't get in a groove reading what's coming, changing plays and finding his receivers. He said that's when Manning can "become dangerous."

"Eli Manning is a top quarterback," defensive tackle Brandon Williams added. "When he gets hot, he gets real hot. Definitely get after him, keep him in the pocket and don't let him step up."

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