Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/21/12
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HeroesEli Manning came into this game and immediately took control. He was 8-9 on the first drive, finishing with a touchdown to tight end Martellus Bennett.Eli also made due with a patchwork receiving corps and backfield, as wide receivers Hakeem Nicks, Domenik Hixon, and also starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw were all out with injury.Their replacements came in and played well, but I have to believe it was due in part to what I like to call the "Manning Effect".Similar to Peyton Manning in his golden days in Indianapolis, Eli has been able to bring out big plays from not-so-great players and that's what we saw last night. Now, he didn't throw for 510 yards like the previous week, he still displayed his elite ability and leadership in this Week 3 win.Running back Andre Brown might be the next great NFL story.Over the past two seasons, he has been waived or cut by seven teams, before making the Giants' roster this season. Many people doubted him coming into this game, as many expe...
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