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Eli Manning returns as Giants' starter: The good and the bad

Eli Manning’s return as the starting quarterback of the New York Giants means several things for him, the team and the fans.

First off, it answers the question if he’s going to get to take any snaps under center the remainder of the season or if he is going to just go away quietly. He’s going to get a chance to show the world what — if anything — he has left. At least for one game.

There are a few milestones — both good and bad — that Manning was on the cusp of eclipsing when he was benched in Week 3 in favor of rookie Daniel Jones.

The good…

Manning is one of eight quarterbacks in the history of the NFL to throw for over 55,000 yards (56,537). With eight passing yards on Monday night in Philadelphia, Eli will surpass Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (56,545) for seventh place on the all-time list.

With two touchdown passes, Eli will pass Roethlisberger for seventh on the all-time with 364 and fourth among active passers behind Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers.

The bad…

With a loss, Manning’s career record as a starter drops below the .500 mark (116-117), which could impact his Hall of Fame chances on getting in on the first or second ballot.

Manning has thrown 241 interceptions in his career, which is 14th All-time in NFL History. If he throws one more INT, he will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Fouts for 13th place. If Eli tosses two, he will pass Fouts and tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Layne for 12th place on that infamous list.

A loss would also bring Manning’s record on Monday night to 11-11 for his career.

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