For reasons that remain a mystery, Giants coach Ben McAdoo has benched Eli Manning and backup Geno Smith will start against the Raiders on Sunday.

Manning, who has started 210 consecutive games, was understandably upset when talking about his demotion though this development somehow came as a surprise to Giants owner John Mara.

Meanwhile, Philip Rivers, who was in Manning's 2004 draft class and has been the Chargers' starting quarterback since 2006, called the Giants' decision to bench Manning "pathetic." He wasn't alone in his criticism; veteran Lions wide reciever Golden Tate also took issue with how the organization treated the man who is responsible for two Super Bowl titles.

"I could see maybe if they had drafted a backup quarterback and he was the future, you thought," Tate said this week, via ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein. "But I don't know. To me, that's a big, big slap in the face and as far as I'm concerned. Eli, he ain't the only reason [for] where they are.