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Eli Manning: New York Giants must improve on offense

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will see limited snaps in Thursday's preseason finale against the New England Patriots. He hopes it will be enough time to flip the switch.

"We have to play better," Manning told reporters Wednesday, according to the New York Post. "We have to be better in the red zone and convert on third downs, so there's some room for improvement."

On a team with plenty of questions on defense, Manning will be asked to carry the Giants this season. We haven't seen that happen in Big Blue's first three preseason outings.

The Giants' attack has managed just two touchdowns in August. Strip away Manning's 57-yard strike to Victor Cruz against the Pittsburgh Steelers and David Wilson's 84-yard gallop in Saturday's loss to the New York Jets, and there's not much to like about the Giants' work to date.

While talking heads were busy flaming Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez in the Snoopy Bowl, Manning was struggling through a tough evening of his own. His 8-for-20 passing performance against the Jets netted just 83 yards, contributing to his uncharacteristic 43 completion percentage and paltry 5.9 yards per attempt in the preseason.

We doubt this will last, but Manning has struggled to throw the ball with authority. Eli is expected to play 12 to 15 snaps with the starters Thursday, and coach Tom Coughlin wants to see progress.

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"I'd like to see some continuity and some execution, some performance," Coughlin said. "I'd like to see us get the ball in the end zone. I'd like to see us do well on third down. I'd like to see our passing game with our protection look like some type of an efficient operation."

We haven't seen that out of New York this summer, which is one reason the Giants were widely panned when we previewed the NFC East on the "Around The League Podcast." More than anyone else, it's up to Manning to prove us wrong.

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