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Giants' Eli Manning cuts down on interceptions

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) LAGH118
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) LAGH118
Published Nov. 6, 2015

Is this the real Eli Manning?

The Giants quarterback is 4-0 all-time against the Bucs, but he comes to town a changed passer — once as reliable for interceptions as any QB in the league, he has just four this season, against 17 touchdowns.

Most interceptions thrown in the NFL since 2010? Manning, with 101. Most since 2005? Manning, with 180. But this season, at age 34, he's a different quarterback — he's throwing interceptions on just 1.33 percent of his pass attempts, the fifth-best mark in the NFL among passers with at least 100 throws.

Compare that to Manning's overall body of work: His career interception percentage is 3.2 percent — that ranks 43rd among QBs with 1,000 passes since 2004.

Getting interceptions hasn't been a strength of the Bucs defense — they have four this season, one above the NFL low.