John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Really thought the Giants had a shot to win this one, but that would have required them to play four quarters of clean, competitive football, which they obviously have become incapable of doing.
Going back to last season, the Giants have surrendered 30 or more points in seven of the last eight games, losing them all. Regardless of what the players and coaches are saying, a losing mentality is starting to seep in.[protected-iframe id="53de36b974d519426ffd2d154b102840-32537475-2523021" info="//player.vimeo.com/video/27563228" width="500" height="282" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""]
They go to Chicago this Thursday night to play a game most say they have no chance of winning. The Bears are eight point favorites and climbing….
I would like to thank Mike Vaccaro of The Post for picking up on my Eli/Archie comparison. He fleshes it out nicely….
Only now, as Eli flails away Sunday to Sunday, as Eli drowns in a pile of interceptions and Eli’s Giants suffocate under an unceasing avalanche of losses, Peyton isn’t the Manning that Eli most resembles right now.
It’s the patriarch, whose entire career was a blurry onslaught of beatings and battering and bloody poundings, whose entire career looked almost exactly the way this Giants season has looked so far, two 0-3 starts and two 1-5 starts and one 0-5 start and one 0-14 nightmare that didn’t end until Archie’s Saints ran into an equally inept Jets team at Shea Stadium.
Notes and statistics from the Giants’ 36-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles courtesy of the Giants (my comments in italics):
*The Giants fell to 0-5 for the first time since 1987, when replacement players were responsible for three of those defeats, and the first time in a non-strike season since 1979. From 1990-2012, 48 teams started 0-5. None of them made the playoffs. The Giants won four in a row after starting 0-5 and finished 6-10 – meaning they went 6-5 the rest of the way. In 1981, they drafted LT and you know the rest.
*The Giants are 0-2 in NFC East games for the second year in a row. Check.
*The Giants’ five-game losing streak is their longest since they lost eight in a row in 2004. Which was their last losing season.
*The Giants were outscored in the fourth quarter, 14-0, for the second week in a row. They have been outscored in the fourth quarter this year, 61-21. No need to comment. It speaks for itself.
*The Giants committed four turnovers and forced none. No Osi around to strip sack and no Stevie Brown to ballhawk.
*The Giants rushed for 53 yards, their fifth consecutive game with less than 100. Look at it this way – they’re getting better!
*The Giants scored a touchdown on their first offensive possession on David Wilson’s five-yard run. It was their first opening-series touchdown since the last time they played the Eagles in the 2012 season finale, when Eli Manning threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle. Under Tom Coughlin, the Giants are 22-11 when they score a touchdown on their opening offensive possession.
*Philadelphia gained 439 yards, the highest total allowed by the Giants since Baltimore totaled 533 yards on Dec. 23, 2012. Which was only seven games ago, btw…
*The Eagles’ 28 first downs were the most by a Giants opponent since Dallas had 28 on Oct. 28, 2012.
*Manning completed 24 of 52 passes for 334 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. The 52 passes were the third-highest regular-season total of his career. He threw 53 times at Seattle on Nov. 27, 2005 and vs. Washington on Dec. 16, 2007.
*The 52 passes increased Manning’s career total to 4,660. That moved him past Phil Simms (4,647) and into first place on the Giants’ career list.
*This was the 20th regular-season game in Giants history in which they threw at least 50 passes. They are 1-19 in those games, including 1-17 when one quarterback throws every pass. The exception was a victory over Tampa Bay on Sept. 16, 2012, when Manning threw 51 passes. Manning threw 58 passes in the Giants’ victory in the 2011 NFC Championship Game in San Francisco.
*This was Manning’s 28th regular-season 300-yard game. The Giants are 13-15 in those games.
*Manning’s record as a starting quarterback in October fell to 27-6.
*Hakeem Nicks had nine receptions for 142 yards. He last had nine catches in a game on Nov. 11, 2012 at Cincinnati. The yardage total was his highest since he had 199 yards vs. Tampa Bay on Sept. 12, 2012.
*Randle had six receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns. The six catches tied a career high he set on Oct. 7, 2012 vs. Cleveland. The 96 yards were the second-highest total of his career; he had 101 yards in the season opener at Dallas on Sept. 8. And the two touchdowns tied the career high he set in the Giants’ previous home game vs. Philadelphia, on Dec. 30, 2012.
*Wilson scored his first touchdown of the season his five-yard run. He ran for 16 yards on six carries before leaving the game for good in the second quarter with a neck injury. Par for the course.
*Wilson was replaced by Brandon Jacobs, who rushed for 37 yards on 11 carries. That was Jacobs’ highest number of rushing attempts in a regular-season game since Dec. 11, 2011, when he carried 19 times (for 101 yards) at Dallas. Jacobs ran 14 times in the 2011 NFC Wild Card Game vs. Atlanta.
*A 34-yard run by Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick was the longest vs. the Giants this season.
*The Eagles’ Alex Henery kicked five field goals (from 40, 27, 29, 36 and 41 yards), the first opposing player with that many three-pointers vs. the Giants since Dallas’ Billy Cundiff kicked seven on Sept. 15, 2003. Actually, a win for the defense.
*With Webster inactive for the third consecutive game and Aaron Ross placed on injured reserve Saturday, Trumaine McBride started for the first time this season. It was the 11th career start for McBride and first since Oct. 19, 2008, when he played right cornerback for the Chicago Bears against Minnesota. McBride had six tackles (five solo) and broke up two passes. He was active, but got burned a few times but what else is new…
*Cullen Jenkins played and shared the Giants’ only sack with Mathias Kiwanuka. Sad. Just sad.
With Wilson sidelined, Jerrel Jernigan returned two kickoffs for 41 yards. Under the circumstances, I’ll take it.
*Johnathan Hankins, the Giants’ second-round draft choice this season, made his NFL debut as a reserve defensive tackle and had five solo tackles. And he was held out of the lineup the first four games because…..
*Safety Will Hill made his 2013 debut after missing the first four games while serving an NFL suspension. Hill played extensively and finished with 11 solo tackles. They missed him, but where are the linebackers?
*Safety Ryan Mundy led the Giants with 15 solo tackles. AGAIN -Where are the linebackers…?
*Coughlin lost a replay challenge for the first time this season with 12:28 remaining in the third quarter. Nick Foles threw to LeSean McCoy on the right sideline for an 11-yard completion and a first down. Coughlin challenged the play, believing McCoy a) wasn’t inbounds when he came down with the ball, and b) that he did not maintain possession through the completion of the catch. After review, referee Walt Coleman upheld the call on the field. Coughlin is 1-1 this season, 35-42 with the Giants and 45-51 in his career on replay challenges. They were definitely boned on this one…
*Jon Beason, the linebacker acquired Friday in a trade with Carolina, was active. He wore No. 54 and played on a punt return in the third quarter. That’s nice to know….