Raiders won't face Eli Manning, who's been benched by Giants

Eli Manning’s historic run as the New York Giants quarterback will come to an end in Oakland on Sunday.

For the first time in 13 years, Manning won’t be starting when the Giants (2-9) take on the Raiders. In a surprising announcement Tuesday, the Giants said that Geno Smith will start in place of Manning.

Rookie Davis Webb from Cal will also play, if not this week, then at some point before the end of the season.

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"Geno will start this week," coach Ben McAdoo said. "Over the last five games, we will take a look at Geno, and we will also give Davis an opportunity."

While Manning doesn’t much resemble an elite quarterback these days, he hasn’t been awful for the struggling Giants this season, throwing 14 touchdowns against seven interceptions and completing 63 percent of his passes.

Given Manning’s long, successful career with the Giants, the news of his benching has been met by predictable outrage in and around New York, from players to the press.

Newark Star-Ledger columnist Steve Politi was incredulous after the Giants’ announcement, writing, “a terrible, awful, no good, really bad year for the Giants just got worse on Tuesday. This will go down as one of the most surreal days in franchise history. Eli Manning is out. Geno Smith is in. The dumpster fire rages on.”

Manning has started 210 consecutive regular-season games, the second-longest streak by a quarterback in NFL history, behind Brett Favre’s 297. He has started every Giants game since Nov. 21, 2004, when he took over for veteran Kurt Warner in the 10th game of his rookie season.

The 36-year-old Manning has started 12 postseason games, and twice led the Giants to Super Bowl victories.

Manning was given the option of starting against the Raiders to keep the streak alive, but declined. In doing so, he may have done the Raiders a favor since he’s won all three of his career starts against Oakland.

“Starting just to keep the streak going and knowing you won’t finish the game and have a chance to win it is pointless to me, and it tarnishes the streak,” Manning said. “Like I always have, I will be ready to play if and when I am needed. I will help Geno and Davis prepare to play as well as they possibly can.”

Smith’s start will mark the second straight week the Raiders face a starting quarterback just elevated from backup status. The Raiders took advantage of the inexperience of Denver’s Paxton Lynch in Sunday’s 21-14 win.

Smith has yet to taste much success in the NFL after being the Jets’ second-round pick out of West Virginia in 2013 — his career record as a starter is just 12-22. But, he’s done pretty well in his three career starts against the Raiders, completing 69 percent of his passes and rushing for 122 yards while winning winning two of them.

Associated Press contributed to this report