The nightmare that has become the 2013 season has reached critical levels after the New York Giants fell 27-21 in the Windy City on Thursday night to the Chicago Bears. With six straight losses to start the campaign, Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning, once lauded by Giants fans across country, are now feeling the vitriol of a frustrated fan base. With two Super Bowl Championships over the past six seasons, it’s hard to imagine a team could look as futile as this year’s Giants and fans so forgetful of the Lombardi Trophies their dynamic coach-quarterback duo brought the franchise.
With the losses piling up and the team scrambling to find answers, it looks like things could get worse, before they get better for Big Blue. Turnovers haven’t exactly told the whole story, but they’ve been the main culprit for New York’s agonizing losing streak. Manning tossed three more interceptions on Thursday, including two on his first five pass attempts bringing his season total to a league-high 15. The Giants finally found some semblance of a running game with power back Brandon Jacobs rumbling for 106 yards on 22 bruising carries, including a pair of touchdowns.
New York’s secondary had no answer for Jay Cutler and the Bears big play offense as Chicago’s signal caller connected on 24-of-36 pass attempts for two touchdowns. Once again the Giants pass rush was nowhere to be found; producing zero zacks and just two quarterback hits. Cutler looked comfortable in the pocket all night long and wide receiver Brandon Marshall had a field day hauling in nine receptions for 87 yards and two scores.
Just two seasons removed from reaching the pinnacle of the football world, the Giants have become the laughing stock of the league and one of the most surprising stories across the NFL. During training camp general manager Jerry Reese installed a Super Bowl Countdown Calendar in the team’s locker room to motivate his team to play in February’s big game at MetLife Stadium.
Maybe Reese and company should crawl before they walk and focus on getting that elusive first win of the season before things get even uglier in the Big Apple.