At this rate, the New York Giants are possibly playing for a lottery pick in next April’s NFL Draft.
The 2013 season is nearing its half-way point, yet the Giants remain winless through their first six games on the year following a 27-21 setback at the Chicago Bears Thursday night. New York is off to its worst start in over three decades and questions surrounding the future of head coach Tom Coughlin have now come into the mix.
Quarterback Eli Manning had another poor outing for the Giants, throwing for three more interceptions, including one that was returned 48 yards by Chicago’s Tim Jennings for the game’s opening points in the first quarter. Manning now has 15 interceptions on the campaign. He threw that same amount all of last season.
Meanwhile, the Bears, behind the arm of Jay Cutler, ended a two-game losing streak following a 3-0 start. Cutler completed 24 of 36 for 262 yards and a pair of touchdowns to pace Chicago. Manning completed 14 of 26 for 239 yards to go along with those three picks.
''I feel bad for my teammates. I feel bad for my coaches and everybody, fighting every day, and I'm fighting, too,'' Manning said. ''I am trying to get a win for these guys.''
The Giants actually had a chance to do just that. After a Brandon Jacobs one-yard scamper in the third quarter cut the Bears lead to 27-21, New York put together a potential game-winning drive inside the final two minutes of the game, moving the ball with efficiency into Chicago’s redzone.
But the drive stalled at the Bears’ 12 when a Manning pass intended for Brandon Meyers bounced off his fingertips and into the waiting hands of Jennings for his second pick of the night that sealed another loss for “Big Blue.”
Statistically speaking, Rueben Randle had 75 yards receiving and a touchdown for New York, while Jacobs rushed for 106 yards and two TD’s in defeat.
After Manning’s first quarter “pick six”, the Giants tied it at 7 on a 4-yard TD run by Jacobs, yet the Bears quickly responded with an 86-yard drive that gave the home team the lead right back --- and for good – when Cutler hooked up with Brandon Marshall on a 10-yard reception in the second period.
Chicago added a pair of late scores, including a Robbie Gould 40-yard field goal, to extend the Bears lead to 24-14 at the half.
''We're all sick of it,'' Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. ''We're all sick of losing, but we put ourselves in this position. There is only one way to get out of it.''
A win would certain help their cause at this point. The Giants will get another crack at that when they return home for a “Monday Night Football” showdown with Minnesota on Oct. 21.
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