The New York Giants’ struggles continued after falling to a sixth straight defeat to remain winless this season with a 27 -21 loss to the Chicago Bears, falling to 0-6 for the first time since 1976. The NFL odds on that happening before the season start would have been truly staggering. There was little to choose between the two sides early on before the Bears (4-2) opened up a decisive lead towards the end of the second quarter and went on to see out the win.
While Jay Cutler finished with 24-of-36 passes for 262 yards with two touchdowns for the Bears, Eli Manning produced another nightmare performance for the Giants to finish with dismal figures of 14-of-26 completed passes for 239 yards and one touchdown, including three interceptions.
“It’s frustrating not winning. And it’s frustrating because I don’t feel like I’m doing my part to get this team some wins and some chances. I feel like our guys are fighting hard. Guys are doing their part and I need to start doing mine,” admitted Manning.
“I feel bad for my teammates. I feel bad for my coaches. I think they know, and hope, I’m going to bounce out of it, or that I’m going to make the plays and do the things I need to do.”
After winning the Super Bowl in 2011, the Giants have often looked a franchise in disarray. Last season’s failure to reach the playoffs will be followed by another season without a postseason unless Manning and his team can dramatically turn their form around and start putting together a long winning run. Just take a look at the current Paddy Power odds of 500/1 for the Giants to win the Super Bowl to see how far they have fallen.
With Manning looking shot for confidence already, the quarterback will know that the pressure he is already feeling will only intensify unless he can start gelling with this new Giants offensive unit. If not, then this could be a truly gruelling season for Giants fans, players and management.