Posted October 11, 2013

Eli Manning throws three more picks as Giants fall to 0-6

Chicago Bears, New York Giants
Eli Manning has been mired in confusion all season. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Eli Manning has been mired in confusion all season. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Well, at least they made this one competitive. The New York Giants, who hadn’t lost by less than a touchdown since their season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, fell to 0-6 on the 2013 season with a 27-21 Thursday night loss to the Chicago Bears. The Giants managed to hold a team to under 30 points for the first time this season and got their first 100-yard rusher of the season in the  rejuvenated Brandon Jacobs, but Eli Manning threw three more interceptions to up his league-leading total to 15.

To his credit, Manning managed to recover after throwing two of those picks on New York’s first two drives, including a pick-six to Tim Jennings with 10:01 left in the first quarter. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin recalled that one of the early picks was a miscommunication between Manning and receiver Rueben Randle. 

“It’s frustrating not winning.” Manning said. “I feel like I’m not doing my part to give this team some wins and some chances. Our guys are fighting hard, and they’re doing their part, and I need to start doing mine.”

“We played hard, and we fought,” Coughlin said after the game. “We did a lot of good things, but we didn’t do enough. That last drive would have been sensational — to put that ball in the end zone and run the time right down to nothing. I do think that one of the goals we had was to try to play four quarters of championship-quality football, and we played four good, hard, solid quarters. To lose the game under the circumstances we did, with the nice drive going, it’s very disappointing. The locker room’s very disappointed, very frustrated. But they will stay together, they’ll support one another, and we’ll prepare ourselves to try to win the next game.”

Manning’s third pick came with 2:02 left in the game, as the Giants were driving downfield to try to win the game. He threw a deep, high ball to tight end Brandon Myers, and Jennings caught the overthrow for his second steal of the night.

“You saw what I saw,” Coughlin said of Myers’ attempt. “It was a high ball,  but it did touch his hands.”

Jacobs, who hadn’t run for over 100 yards since Dec 11, 2011, looked like every bit the bruiser he was when he played for the Giants from 2005 through 2011 before a cup of coffee with the 49ers. He blasted through Chicago’s depleted defensive line, which clearly missed tackles Henry Melton and Stephen Paea, for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. It was the only consistent thing about the Giants’ performance all night.

“We got a good football game out of him,” Coughlin said of Jacobs. “He ran hard. He’s a very difficult guy to contend with. He pushed the pile in the end zone a couple times tonight, and he played well.”

New York’s defense certainly didn’t play well in the first half. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler completed 13 of 18 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the opening 30 minutes, and had the Bears not stopped themselves on an early fourth down in the red zone, this game could have been out of reach much quicker. He finished with 24 completions in 36 attempts for 262 yards and stood on those two touchdowns as New York’s defense stiffened and the Giants’ offense began to chew clock. Chicago’s last three drives before the end of the game ended in punts, but they weren’t the ones making mistakes.

Cutler, the formerly petulant star, rallied his teammates this week so that the Bears could try to set things right after two straight losses. New head coach Marc Trestman and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer are providing him with better overall route concepts, and the blocking is like nothing’s Cutler’s ever had before. On those 36 dropbacks, he wasn’t sacked once, and encountered just two quarterback hits.

“This year, it’s like night and day,” receiver Brandon Marshall said of Cutler. “He’s unbelievable. He’s leading the way. Sometimes, it clicks for guys. I’m lost for words when I talk about him.”

Marshall complained about ball distribution after catching just four passes in five targets for 30 yards in Chicago’s 26-18 loss last Sunday, but he had a much better game this time, catching nine passes on 11 targets for 89 yards and both of Cutler’s touchdowns. More than once, he simply proved too big and physical for New York’s cornerbacks and safeties.

“It’s good,” Cutler said of the mismatches Marshall and his other receivers present. “We’ve got three of those guys with Alshon [Jeffery] and [tight end] Martellus [Bennett], and those guys played well.

“It’s a good win, especially on Thursday — short week and the guys are a little sore, but we came out here and played well in the first half. We hit some tough spots offensively down the stretch, we weren’t converting on third downs, but those guys made some plays for us. We got a little banged up, but now we can get ready for next week.”

The 4-2 Bears, now up on the Detroit Lions by half a game in the contentious NFC North, have the remainder of the season to look forward to. For the Giants, it’s nothing but questions with no answers. They’re 0-6 for the first time since 1976, and though they gave it their best shot at times against the Bears, this is a team that has clearly lost its way.

“We’re all sick of it,” Coughlin concluded. “We’re all sick of the losing. But we put ourselves in this position, and there’s only one way to get out of it. Nobody’s going to hand you anything.”

It’s small consolation, but the Giants at least looked this time as if they’d know what to do with it if somebody did.

35 comments
mobetta
mobetta

"Cutler, the FORMERLY petulant star,..." ??????? BWHAHAHAHAAHAAAAAA!!!!!  Cutler SUCKS!!!


sunalsorises
sunalsorises

I always kind of suspected Eli was not an elite quarterback.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Wonder if the media and espn will stop saying they will "make the playoffs" now

bulletrico
bulletrico

It seems like Peyton and Eli take turns sharing the family mojo

Cool
Cool

He must have decided to pass on his "elite" status to his brother, who seemed to be struggling in the first quarter of his second game.

Blinker
Blinker

Yo Manning....  How you doo-un

PatrickJosephMichalek
PatrickJosephMichalek

The way he is playing, you'd think he went to sum Oregon school or sum thing. Sheesh.

amolad
amolad

I've heard from reliable sources that "Joseph F" is a twelve-year-old who lives in Newark.

JavisJohnson
JavisJohnson

Sit Eli manning do asap worst qb in the game 2013. Im not a ny fan but he trash

dudedadesq
dudedadesq

Let's not bicker over whether Eli is elite, etc.  Let me say something we all agree on:  Duck Fallas.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

It's sad how this article is about the Giants losing and not about the Bears winning.  SMH.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

 "there’s only one way to get out of it"

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actually there are MANY..beginning with dump YOU, sit Eli, burn the team and start over

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

LOVE his gomer look when he gets picked. Mommy ever tell him "his face will freeze" if he keeps making that look....which is about every 2nd throw?  HA, love it. 

BillyG
BillyG

Giants are a cr*p team, with a cr*p QB, and a cr*p career coach, who has won a playoff game only 4 seasons out of 17 (soon to be 18), just like they were when they were 9-7 and won the SB.  Now the amazing luck they benefited from then is not happening.  And, any debate about Eli being an elite QB has now been put permanently to rest.

beekay31
beekay31

Eli Manning is on pace to tie the career INT record in his 297th start... one start earlier than when Favre set the mark in his 298th start.  But I doubt Eli ever sniffs 297 starts, which would mean he plays until he's 42 and never gets hurt.

hoth733
hoth733

" the other (pick) was a situation where the defender was in the spot that was supposed to be occupied by a receiver."


Thank you, Captain Obvious

funtasticus
funtasticus

@JavisJohnson they have no backup and have a ton of money invested in Eli...They are going to make excuses all season.  It's the offensive line, it's the running game, it's receivers, it's bad TE play, it's the defense..etc..  If this was Sanchez it would be 15 interceptions and each one is 100% the fault of the QB...he sucks!

Fred24
Fred24

@PhillyPenn That's like the Denver-Dallas game, everything was on Romo's INT, little on Payton's or the Denver 'defense'., who gave up MORE TDs and yards than Dallas'. A lot gets lost among the silly hoopla that is the NFL today.

Marty2
Marty2

@PhillyPenn Haven't you noticed this before with New York teams?  The story focus is usually on them.

Joseph F
Joseph F

How about YOU STFU and go back to your Mommy's basement instead of wasting our time posting pointless drivel.

fabio.fantone
fabio.fantone

@BillyG Echoing Joseph F, you are indeed clueless. I have the utmost respect for the job Coughlin and that mostly group of veterans have done over the last 5-7 years. Teams can put up gaudy numbers all year, but that won't help you win championships. They are clearly not getting any breaks and their o-line is mediocre, but still have my respect as a TRUE football fan. And I'm not a Giants fan as I root for the team with the star on their helmet.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

Luck? Please! You beat a team that was 18-0 and it''s not luck. Elite is just a word. Championships talk.

Joseph F
Joseph F

@beekay31 Oh so now you can predict the future huh? I predict you will never be a sportswriter, how about that?

George
George

@Tim_McHockeyton @amolad  He was trolling on the Chi Sun Times chat during the game last night.   He was told to "eat a big hawg" and everybody cracked up.   Nothing but a trolling ponk.

Fred24
Fred24

@funtasticus @JavisJohnson Its a TEAM sport, as shown by Eli's situation now. All the talk of elite or HOF is nonsense of course, but one thing that is not - he IS a good QB, and has done great comebacks. He needs a team around him, most do. What would Payton be without his receivers and offensive line?

Joseph F
Joseph F

@funtasticus @JavisJohnson BULLCRAP more than half the INTs are dropped balls or blown routes or NO TIME, if you even think of sitting Eli you are a fracking idiot.