The New York Giants have struggled mightily in their first two games of the 2013 NFL season. Granted, both losses came against two very talented teams. However, the Giants must stop shooting themselves in the foot with turnovers if they want to be competitive in the NFC East.
Quarterback Eli Manning threw four more interceptions in the team’s loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon. His total of seven on the season is simply unacceptable for a veteran signal caller.
With that being said, it is unfair to put the blame solely on Manning. The entire team is responsible for the dismal start to the season. New York is last in the league in turnover differential (minus-8) as Manning is not the only player responsible for opposing teams getting multiple chances to put up points. The Giants have managed to lose both of running back David Wilson’s fumbles. Meanwhile, the defense has only recorded two turnovers of their own (one interception and one fumble recovery).
Manning will be the one who will get most of the attention in the days leading up to Week 3. The fact is he is personally responsible for seven turnovers, even if the wide receivers or offensive line played some part in it. For that reason, he deserves to have the media dissect his horrendous decision making.
For people outside of New York, it is not surprising to see Manning play the way he has. The fact of the matter is he is not an elite quarterback. I understand he has won two Super Bowls, and there is something to be said about that. There is no question he was outstanding in both games. However, two Super Bowl rings does not change who he is, which is a signal caller who will throw plenty of picks every year.
Worst things have happened besides starting a season out 0-2. One of them would be going to 0-3 if New York loses to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. The good news is the Giants have talent at several positions on the roster. At this point, it is just a matter of correcting the turnovers and getting some of the other players on the team to step up.