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Manning confident he still has the talent to make the Giants a winner

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, left, talks with Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell after their NFL football game in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, left, talks with Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell after their NFL football game in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

Eli Manning isn't listening to the whispers that his storied career with the New York Giants is starting to slide.

Despite a miserable game in a season-opening 35-14 loss to the Detroit Lions, the two-time Super Bowl MVP was confident Wednesday that he'll master the team's new West Coast offense and get the Giants back to their winning ways.

Game 1 in coordinator Ben McAdoo's system was not good. Manning didn't have time to throw and completed 18 of 33 for 163 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. The running game was limited to 53 yards and New York converted on 3 of 13 third-down chances.

While they had two long touchdown drives, the Giants collected four first downs on their other eight series. It was ugly.