Baltimore Ravens

Ravens defense has been troublesome for Eli Manning in the past

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs will not gloat over the success the Ravens defense has enjoyed against Eli Manning. That makes sense considering only five players are left from the last time the team faced the quarterback in 2012 and that group does not include Ray Lewis or Ed Reed.

And there's the obvious fact that the face of the New York Giants carries the last name that has become synonymous with quarterbacking excellence.


"He's a Manning," Suggs said. "So they know what they're getting, and they know exactly where to go with the ball, and they become dangerous like that."

Still, it's not a stretch to argue that among the 31 defenses Manning has faced in his 13-year career, the Ravens (3-2) have proved to be one of the most troublesome.


In three meetings against the Ravens, Manning has managed a 51.0 quarterback rating and a 44.9 completion percentage — both of which are his lowest against an opponent. He has been intercepted three times while throwing just two touchdown passes, and New York is just 1-2 in those games.

By comparison, Manning's older brother Peyton compiled a 104.4 passer rating, a 64.2 completion percentage, 25 touchdowns against just six interceptions, and a 9-2 regular-season record against the Ravens.

In his rookie campaign, Eli Manning completed just 22.2 percent of his passes (4-of-18) for 27 yards, zero touchdowns, two interceptions and a 0.0 quarterback rating in New York's 37-14 loss to the Ravens on Dec. 12, 2004. During the game, defensive players got into the head of Manning, who drew attention for strong-arming the San Diego Chargers into trading him to the Giants during the draft.

Even in his lone win — a 30-10 thumping on Nov. 16, 2008 — Manning connected on 56.5 percent of his throws (13-of-23) for one touchdown, one interception and a 73.3 rating, but the offense was powered by 207 rushing yards.

During a conference call with Baltimore media on Wednesday, Eli Manning claimed he could not recall his previous performances against the Ravens.

"I can't really remember over the years," he said. "They're always a good defense. They have good players. We have to go out there and try to find ways to make plays and get positive yardage."

Manning's perspective might be clouded by the Giants' current three-game losing streak, which has coincided with subpar performance from their quarterback. In two wins, he completed 73.9 percent of his throws for three touchdowns and one interception en route to a 106.9 quarterback rating. In the three losses, those numbers slid to a 57.6 completion percentage, two touchdowns, three interceptions, and a 73.8 rating.

The 35-year-old Manning's struggles this season have opened the door for fans and media to openly wonder if his time as a franchise quarterback is dwindling. Manning, who has three years left on an $84 million extension he signed in 2014, is ranked 20th in the league in completion percentage (63.6) and tied for 22nd in touchdowns (six) despite having a receiving corps that includes Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Shepard.


"[It's] just going against a couple of good defenses and just haven't been able to score when we got down," Manning said. "We've had some decent drives and just haven't been able to finish off the drives and sustain them long enough to get touchdowns on the board. We just have to find a way to get in rhythm, get some completions, get the run game and just get all of our weapons going."

With Ryan Nassib and former Ravens Josh Johnson backing up Manning, New York coach Ben McAdoo has no choice but to defend his starter. McAdoo insisted that he's not panicked about Manning's play.

"When things go well, the quarterback sometimes gets a little too much credit," McAdoo said. "When things don't go well, he gets a little too much blame. I think there's enough of that to spread around, including myself."

For all of the difficulty Manning has encountered thus far, he still commands a certain level of respect among the Ravens. On several occasions, free safety Lardarius Webb referenced Manning's resume as a two-time Super Bowl champion.

"To me and to all the guys, he's Eli Manning," Webb said. "He's been around here for some years for a reason. He's able to get the job done. So nothing but respect for him."

A sports hernia prevented cornerback Jimmy Smith from getting on the field in the Ravens' 33-14 victory over the Giants on Dec. 23, 2012, but he has watched enough film to be impressed with Manning's strengths in and out of the pocket.


"He's somebody who gets the ball out very quick," Smith said. "He's a veteran, likes to read the coverage and make a throw to the right spot. He's a good scrambler, he scrambles to throw. That's a very good attribute for a quarterback."

Defensive coordinator Dean Pees said he spends time watching a quarterback's good plays. And Pees said there's enough on film to be concerned about Manning.

"First of all, the guy's an experienced guy that's got a couple Super Bowl rings," Pees said. "So he's obviously pretty darn good. He's got great command of the offense. That's his offense, he runs it. He does a lot with the protections. It's all at the line. So it's a no-huddle offense. It's his baby. I know they're radioing things in, but it's his baby, and if he does the job of recognizing the coverage and what you're in, he's going to get you — just like his brother. That's what worries me the most about him."

Limiting Eli Manning


Eli Manning may have quarterbacked the New York Giants to a pair of Super Bowl titles, but that legacy has not helped him against the Ravens, who have handcuffed him in three career meetings. Here is how Manning has fared against five defenses that have proved toughest against him based on passer rating.

Team/Record/Completion %/TDs/INTs/QB rating

Ravens/ 1-2 / 44.9 / 2 / 3 / 51.0

Bears/ 2-2 / 53.9 / 2 / 7 / 54.6

Vikings/ 3-6 / 54.3 / 5 / 15 / 56.1

Broncos/ 1-2 / 57.3 / 3 / 6 / 64.0


Bengals/ 1-2 / 58.7 / 1 / 3 / 67.1

Source: Pro Football Reference