Upon Further Review: Giants Week 5

October, 7, 2013
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An examination of four hot issues from the New York Giants' 36-21 loss to the Eagles:

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AP Photo/Bill KostrounGiants QB Eli Manning has thrown a league-leading 12 interceptions this season.
Honestly, with the turnovers: So many problems, but might as well start here. The 2013 New York Giants are inexcusably careless with the football. They turned the ball over four times Sunday and didn't force any Eagles turnovers. That pushes their league-leading giveaway total to 20 and their league-leading turnover differential to minus-13 through only five games. Truly astounding that they could turn over the ball six times in their opener, do all that talking about how you can't win that way, and a month later they've only knocked the average down to four per game. A good team would have crushed the Eagles on Sunday. A bad team likely would have fallen into a win. It takes an historically awful team to blow a third-quarter lead and lose by 15 to Nick Foles. The Giants are on pace to turn over the ball 64 times. The NFL record for a single season is 63, by the 1978 San Francisco 49ers.

Uneasy Eli: The main culprit for this, as you'd expect it to be, is the player who touches the ball the most. Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw three interceptions in a span of nine throws in Sunday's fourth quarter and now has a league-leading 12 for the season. Manning's completion percentage has dropped each week, from 64.3 in the season opener to 46.2 Sunday. Not even Tom Coughlin, who will be a Manning loyalist until the end of time, could hide the fact that Manning was responsible for this latest loss. Add to the interceptions that three of the Giants' 12 penalties and 34 of their 136 penalty yards came on intentional grounding penalties by Manning.

Still not running: We continue to wonder what the Giants offense would look like if David Wilson could stay on the field and emerge as the feature back his draft position says he should be. Wilson scored the game's first touchdown and was heavily involved in the first quarter, but he missed the final three quarters with a neck injury. There's almost no competition for carries in the backfield until Andre Brown can return in Week 10, so if Wilson can get healthy it appears he'll get another chance.

Still not sacking: Well, that's not fair. The Giants did get their one sack to maintain their average. (They have five now in five games, more than only the Steelers, who have four but have played only four games.) Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul looked quicker and more disruptive than he has at any time this season, but he didn't bring down Michael Vick or Foles, and he has only one sack in his past 12 games dating to the middle of the 2012 season. Without a consistent pass rush, the Giants defense is not a good one.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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