The Giants have now lost five straight games, but they at least went down with a huge fight Sunday – something that was mostly missing in recent weeks.
Nevertheless, a loss is still a loss, and with their tough 16-10 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers (6-4) at MetLife Stadium, it might be time for the Giants (3-7) to start thinking about the NFL Draft clock.
Quarterback Eli Manning came into the game with just six interceptions and had been playing far better than the version Giants fans saw last season. But on this Sunday, the bad side of Eli emerged. Manning threw five interceptions, including his final – and most crucial pick – at the goal line as he was trying to get his team the go-ahead touchdown.
The oft-embattled signal-caller wasn’t the only mistake-prone Giant, but he was the leader in the clubhouse.
Three things we saw:
- 1. The Giants’ rushing game was a sore spot ever since Rashad Jennings went down five weeks ago with an MCL sprain. But even with Jennings back, Big Blue still had its share of trouble as Jennings’s return wasn’t nearly the saving grace the Giants thought it might have been. Jennings tallied just 59 yards on 18 carries as the Giants rushing attack had little bite. The prime example of New York’s rushing struggles came on a failed fourth-and-1attempt near midfield, with 30 seconds remaining in the third quarter, that saw the offensive line shoved into the lap of Jennings and the running back stoned a half-yard short of the marker. Jennings’s understudy, rookie Andre Williams, was non-existent in the running game, as he only had two yards on two carries.
- 2. Manning started the game hot, going 3-of-3 for 57 yards with a touchdown to tight end Larry Donnell, but he struggled thereafter. Manning finished 2-of-45 for 280 yards and was sacked twice, although he was harried and knocked down numerous other times.
- 3. About the lone bright spots for the Giants offense were the starting wideouts. In spite of Manning – Rueben Randle had seven catches for 112 yards, while rookie Odell Beckham Jr. added six receptions for 93 yards. Randle finally looked to be on the same page as Manning, something that appeared to be missing earlier in the season. Beckham has also continued his torrid pace and has taken a stranglehold on the No. 1 receiving option as he appears to be the wideout Manning trusts the most. If not for numerous acrobatic catches by the rookie, his quarterback’s afternoon could’ve been a lot worse than it already was.
Big Blue notes:
Right tackle Justin Pugh (quad) was knocked out of the game.