It wasn’t pretty.

The Giants used a second half rally to top the winless Miami Dolphins, 20-17. Eli Manning threw for a season high 349 yards and 2¬†TDs to pace the Giant offense. Manning’s touchdown pass to Victor Cruz with six minutes to go sealed the win. The Giants signature fourth quarter pass rush preserved the win. With the win, the Giants’s record improve to 5-2 as they head to Foxboro next weekend.

Eli Playing ELIte!--AP Photo

Eli Manning is playing like an MVP candidate.

Before the season began, Manning took a ton of heat for his comments concerning his ‘elite’ talent. Eli said that he belonged in the same group as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and his brother. After looking at his stats, he has a point. In terms of pure, old-school quarterback rating, Eli is third in football (behind only Rodgers and Brady), fifth in completion percentage, fourth in passing yards per game, and second in yards per attempt. Bottom line, Eli is good.

What makes Eli even more valuable is the Giants putrid running attack and rush defense. The Giants are averaging 85.6 yards per game (fourth worst) on the ground and are giving up the fifth most yards per game on the ground. Even with the poor defensive play, the Giants are a comfortable 5-2. Granted, the schedule is going to get much, much tougher, but the Giants have won (the majority) of games they needed to win and Eli is the main reason why.

Outside of Eli, Ahmad Bradshaw was limited during the second half with a foot injury. The Giants (and my fantasy team) can’t afford to lose AB. He finished the game, but his chronic foot injuries are worrisome. Justin Tuck played in a limited capacity, but having him on the field gives the Giants an identity on defense.

This game wasn’t pretty by any stretch. The Giants held an ugly 14-3 lead in the second quarter. The Giants offense couldn’t really muster anything. Eli took over and the defense finally woke up to win this one. A slow first half won’t help the Giants next week as they head to the Torture Chamber in New England..