The Giants saw a 21-19 lead evaporate thanks to three consecutive fourth-quarter turnovers by quarterback Eli Manning that were converted into 14 points as the Eagles knocked the winless Giants deeper into the NFC East cellar.
Sound remotely familiar? It should, because the Giants’ inability to finish games in the fourth quarter is one of their biggest issues, as opponents have outscored the Giants 61-21 this year.
Their five-game losing streak is also their longest since they lost eight in a row in 2004, and they are the third team in NFL history to allow at least 30 points in each of their first five games, joining the 1954 Cardinals and the 2012 Titans, per ESPN Stats.
There were countless issues with the Giants' play this week, which in addition to those already described, also include:
- A minus-four turnover ratio.
- Fifty-three rushing yards, their fifth consecutive game with less than 100.
- Fifty-two pass attempts—the Giants are 1-19 in the 20 games in which they throw at least 50 passes.
- A total of 140 rushing yards given up by the Giants defense, 79 of which were gained by Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick.
- Twelve penalties for 136 yards, their highest totals this season.
The list of flaws in this Giants team seem endless, but what's even of greater concern is that the coaches have no idea how to fix it.
The roster is what it is, and while the team does have some talented individuals on the roster, a small handful of consistent players just isn't enough to save what's turning into a disastrous 2013 season.
Let's look at how each unit graded out.