Eli Manning throws three more picks as Giants go 0-6

Eli Manning may be warming the Giants bench despite improvements in the sixth game of the season.
Posted By Caroline Lee  |  Oct. 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM
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(UPI) -- The New York Giants fell 0-6 Thursday night in a 27-21 loss to the Chicago Bears.

At least the game against the Bears was competitive; the Giants {link:managed to hold a team to less than 30 points for the first time this season. : "http://nfl.si.com/2013/10/11/new-york-giants-winless-eli-manning-chicago-bears/?section=si_latest" target="_blank"} They also got their first 100-yard rusher of the season thanks to Brandon Jacobs.

Eli Manning continued to throw interceptions, however, adding three to his league-leading total, now 15. Manning looked better than he has in recent games, though, and single-handedly led the team in a touchdown drive.

He also managed not to throw an interception until the third quarter. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said that one of the picks was due to miscommunication between Manning and receiver Rueben Randle.

Another throw found a defender was in the place where the receiver should have been. Manning blamed himself in a press conference after the game.

“It’s frustrating not winning.” Manning said. “I feel like I’m not doing my part to give this team some wins and some chances. Our guys are fighting hard, and they’re doing their part, and I need to start doing mine.”

Manning won a Super Bowl title just 20 months ago, and at age 32, he should be in his prime.

Some critics are pushing New York to bench Manning now that the Giants have gone 0-6 in the worst start since the team's 1976 season. Manning is on pace for 40 interceptions -- 15 more than his career high in 2010.

"I feel bad for my teammates. I feel bad for my coaches, and everybody fighting every day. And I'm fighting too. I'm trying to get a win for these guys. But it's tough. It's definitely tough at times when you don't feel like you're playing your best."

Defensive end Justin Tuck said he thinks that Manning's performance Thursday, along with his choked-up speech after the game, may be the sign the veteran is on his way back.

“He’s in a rut right now,” Tuck said. “So is this team. I know Eli wants to be the Eli of old, and I believe he will be. He’ll get out of this rut.”

“We played hard, and we fought,” Coughlin said after the game.

“We did a lot of good things, but we didn’t do enough. That last drive would have been sensational -- to put that ball in the end zone and run the time right down to nothing. I do think that one of the goals we had was to try and play four quarters of championship-quality football, and we played four good, hard, solid quarters."

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