National Football League (NFL)

The end of the Eli Manning era

Daniel Jones #8 and Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants are seen during the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals
New York Giants' Daniel Jones (L) and Eli Manning (R) during the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on August 22, 2019. Photo: Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The New York Giants are benching Eli Manning in favor of rookie Daniel Jones, meaning Manning's near 15-year run as the team's starting QB appears to be over.

Why it matters: Outside of a brief Geno Smith cameo in 2017, Manning is the only signal-caller the Giants and their fans have known since 2004 — the same year "Yeah" by Usher came out.

Injuries usher in the NFL's year of the backup quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees
Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees. Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

We're just 2 weeks into the NFL season, and quarterback injuries have already put a damper on it.

Driving the news: After suffering injuries on Sunday, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is out for the year (elbow surgery), and Saints QB Drew Brees is expected to miss 6 weeks (thumb surgery).