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Birth of a New Era? Eli Manning Benched, Geno Smith to Start for 2-9 Giants on Sunday

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Geno Smith #3 of the New York Giants warms up before an NFL preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium on August 11, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Geno Smith #3 of the New York Giants warms up before an NFL preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium on August 11, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

*For the first time in more than 13 years, Eli Manning will not be the starting quarterback for the New York Giants.

The team announced Tuesday that backup Geno Smith will start in place of Manning when the Giants (2-9) face the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday, according to the AP.

Third string rookie QB Davis Webb will also see some action, if not this week, then sometime before the end of the season.

“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.”

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.

Manning has also 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.

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