Prior to the start of the 2013-2014 season, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning set a goal for himself: single-digit interceptions on the year. Unfortunately, through only two games, Manning already has seven interceptions and is on pace for a total of 56. In other words, something needs to change and it needs to change now.
Although two of his three in the first game were debatable, there's no debating three of the four interceptions he threw on Sunday. And while one was off a fluke bounce that came off of a defenders foot, there is no asterisk in the box score. The same can be said for the final interception of the game when there appeared to be miscommunication between he and wide receiver Rueben Randle.
"The last one was on me. Rueben did the right thing, he ran the right route and I threw the wrong route," Manning said.
Now at 0-2, with 10 turnovers and a -8 turnover ratio, Manning knows the team can no longer afford mental mistakes or otherwise.
"I kind of have to start over here. Obviously, some of them happen and you have to look at decisions and you get some bad breaks. Sometimes you get late in games, 4th and 10 and we have to make a play and force something here and whether it’s intercepted or incomplete, an interception probably ends up being better right there for us field position-wise," Manning said. "At the end of games or when you’re competing, I’m going to be aggressive and not worry about the stats or quarterback rating at the end. Honestly I’m not trying to throw interceptions, but obviously I’m just worried about getting back to playing well offensively and eliminating some of these turnovers."
In the end, Manning summed it up about as well as you could: "We need to play better."
Yes. Yes indeed they do. The team, collectively, needs to play leaps and bounds better. And now their backs are up against a wall.
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