With two Eli Manning interceptions in the first five minutes of Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bears, the New York Giants have tied surpassed their 2012 total of turnovers with 21.
Through five-plus games, people.
What started as a concern through this 0-5 start for the Giants now has reached epidemic status. Even former Giant and current Atlanta Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora (who still has a picture of himself in a Giants uni on his Twitter page) can't believe what he's seeing.
Manning threw the first interception on a pass aimed at Rueben Randle that Bears cornerback Zach Bowman (starting for injured Charles Tillman) saw coming the whole time. Same on pick No. 2, except it was the other side to Tim Jennings. On both plays, the Bears were in zone coverage — eyes peeled on Manning — and Eli apparently stared right back as he delivered them a pair of gift INTs.
I mean this is ridiculous. C'mon
— Osi Umenyiora (@OsiUmenyiora) October 11, 2013
One reason why the Giants were thought to be contenders was that they were a disciplined team with a veteran quarterback who made mostly good decisions.
Throw that out the window. Now we're at the point of wanting to give Manning the Matt Schaub-like head exam.