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Upon Further Review: Giants Week 6

October, 11, 2013
CHICAGO -- An examination of four hot issues from the New York Giants' 27-21 loss to the Chicago Bears:

Eli Manning and Rueben Randle: The thing with Randle is weird. Of Manning's 15 interceptions this year, six have come on throws targeted for Randle. Their inability to get in sync was part of the problem on each of the first two interceptions Thursday night. On the second, Randle said he thought Bears cornerback Tim Jennings jumped the route, so he kept running. Manning didn't see that, however, and threw short, where he expected Randle to be. Later in the game, Randle could easily have been called for a fumble after he slammed the ball on the ground after falling down and costing himself a touchdown, but the officials ruled that he'd given himself up. He said he believed he'd been touched down. Randle's still a work in progress in his second year, but there's something about him Manning likes. Only Hakeem Nicks (eight ) saw more targets Thursday than Randle, whose five targets tied him with Victor Cruz for second.

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Mike DiNovo/USA TODAY SportsBrandon Jacobs was running like it was 2008, rushing for 106 yards and two scores.
Have they a run game? With leading rusher David Wilson out with a neck injury, little was expected of a Giants rushing attack that came in ranked dead last in the league in yards per game. But Brandon Jacobs delivered his first 100-yard game since Dec. 11, 2011, plowing for big chunks of yardage behind blocking fullback John Conner. Some of the success can be attributed to a Chicago defensive line that's missing several starters. And if Wilson continues to miss time, it's tough to imagine Jacobs repeating or sustaining that level of success at this stage of his career. But at least the Giants have some tape now of themselves running the ball effectively. That's got to help somehow.

Uneasy Eli: Manning's problems look pretty extensive to me. Even on some of his more successful throws, his feet are moving and he's staring down receivers, which he never used to do. It's possible the protection issues have resulted in a really uncomfortable quarterback who's off his game. But he's playing like a guy with whom something is seriously wrong. The interceptions are one thing, but where are those deep, pinpoint sideline bullets he used to throw in big spots? Right now, with Manning, you're just hoping he doesn't do something to cost the team the game.

Sack watch: No sacks. Mathias Kiwanuka was credited with two hits on Jay Cutler, and no one else on the Giants defense was credited with even one. The Giants defense has five sacks this year. Only the Steelers, who have played two fewer games, have fewer sacks (four). The Giants have eight sacks in their past 11 games dating back to last November. Jason Pierre-Paul has one sack in his past 13 games. When the Giants don't get sacks, they do not have a good defense.
CHICAGO -- If you felt sure Eli Manning was about to take the New York Giants down the field for the game-winning touchdown, you were justified. Manning's done it before, though not since last October, and faith and hope are critical to the ethos of the sports fan.

If you felt sure Manning was going to throw one more interception, you were correct.

The critical drive of Thursday night's 27-21 Giants loss in Chicago was the last possession the Giants had. They got the ball at their own 11-yard line following a third straight excellent punt by the Bears' Adam Podlesh. There was 5:21 left on the clock, and the Bears held a 27-21 lead. Brandon Jacobs started the drive with a 14-yard run. Manning hit Hakeem Nicks in the hands with a pass on the next play, but Nicks dropped the ball. Jacobs ran for 3, then Manning went right back to Nicks for 11 yards and another first down. Jacobs ran for 12, moving the ball across midfield with 3:02 now left on the clock. The Soldier Field crowd grew quiet and nervous.

Then things got shaky. Manning's first-down pass from the Chicago 49 could have been intercepted by Bears cornerback Tim Jennings but wasn't. It was a deep ball intended for backup tight end Larry Donnell, and it fell fortunately incomplete. Da'Rel Scott ran for 13 yards on the next play, but blew out his hamstring doing it and had to be helped off the field. After the break, on first down from the 36, Jacobs got a yard. Then on second-and-9 with the clock running down under two minutes, Manning dropped back to pass. Tight end Brandon Myers was wide open at the 15. Manning threw high. Myers leaped and got a hand on it, but he couldn't catch it, and it fluttered into the arms of Jennings for Manning's third interception of the game and his league-leading 15th of the season.

"I obviously threw it a little too high," Manning would say.

The Bears ran out the clock. The Giants fell to 0-6.