BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - After 210 consecutive regular season starts, the New York Giants will have a new starting quarterback on Sunday. The team announced Tuesday Geno Smith will start in place of Eli Manning against the Oakland Raiders. It will be the first time since November 21, 2004 someone other than Eli Manning will take the first snap of the game for the Giants. Head coach Ben McAdoo announced the decision saying he wants to see both of the backups, Geno Smith and rookie third-round pick Davis Webb, in action during the end of the season.
Manning said he was given the opportunity to start and keep his streak alive while Smith and Webb both would also see action but declined, saying "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's streak of consecutive starts ranks second in NFL history behind Brett Favre.
"We have five games left to play," said New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo. "We have three quarterbacks on the roster, two we have yet to see in significant game action. For us, we want to go take a look at both of those players."
"Coach Mac called me in and told me, 'we are going to start splitting some time, that we just kinda thought it's best to give Geno the start,' and I'll back him up," said New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning "I'll be a good teammate. I don't like it, but it's football, you handle it and do my job."
The Giants play in Oakland against the Raiders Sunday at 4:25 p.m.