It’s tough to label just one Achilles heel for the New York Giants this season. One of many has been New York’s inability to take care of the football. Instead of protecting the ball like you would an egg, the Giants have treated it like a weathered baseball card that’s no longer in mint condition.
Through just five weeks, New York has compiled 20 turnovers. That’s eight more turnovers than any other team in the NFL. Eli Manning has thrown 12 interceptions this year, which is three more than any other quarterback in the league. Overall, the Giants are on pace to finish the year with 64 turnovers. The current NFL record is 63, set by the San Francisco 49ers in 1978.
The Chicago Bears, who host the Giants tonight, pride themselves in being able to take away the football. The Bears have forced 14 turnovers this year, which is the third-highest total in the NFL.
However, the Giants may catch a major break. As of now, the statuses of Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman are uncertain. If either of them are unable to go, it will be a major loss for Chicago. Briggs leads the NFL with 51 combined tackles and he’s also forced two fumbles. Tillman has forced two fumbles as well, to go along with two interceptions.
If the Giants have any hope of coming away with a victory tonight, they will have to value the football. Manning has to make smarter decisions and not force throws into heavy traffic. Whoever plays running back tonight in place of the injured David Wilson cannot be careless with the football.
In the past, it has been games like this where the Giants play well. When the their backs are to the wall and everyone counts them out, New York shows up hungry. It’s been a different story so far this season.