"You can't just look at him and say, 'Oh, he's the reason (for the team's struggles this season),'" Kiwanuka said Tuesday on his weekly radio spot, per The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.). "I have no doubt in my mind he's going to get it turned around and start putting up the numbers that we're used to seeing."
"But until (Manning's turnaround) happens, we have to be able to take it upon ourselves as a defense and say, 'You know what, he's carried our butts when we weren't getting it done for a number of games, a number of seasons even, so we have to make sure we can do the same for him while he's going through it,'" Kiwanuka said.
The Giants' defense has been a bear against the run all season and the secondary is starting to mesh. Shockingly, if Manning can turn his wayward season around, the team that never dies still can make a run for the playoffs.