Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
Eli Manning threw for 125 yards.
Not in a quarter. Not in a half. In an entire game.
That number speaks volumes about the whupping that Pittsburgh gave to Manning and the Giants receivers.
Other than Victor Cruz, the Giants receivers were invisible Sunday.
Between them, Hakeem Nicks, Domenik Hixon and Rueben Randle had eight balls thrown their way. Only Nicks came down with one, and that for only 10 yards. Randle missed opportunity after opportunity.
While New York's play overall was uninspired, its receiving corps looked especially flat, failing to come back to the ball, exhibiting sloppy route-running and not finishing the play.
Manning, for his part, needs to keep pushing the envelope, though, spreading the ball around.
The Giants won four straight because Manning was generous with the football and because each week a new receiver showed up on the leaderboard and on the highlight reel.
That diverse attack must come back, and quick, for the Giants to stay among the elite in the NFC.