Big Blue United: Week 5 Turning Points – Giants vs. Eagles

Eli Manning (10)  Photo Credit: Robert Sabo – NY Daily News
Eli Manning (10)
Photo Credit: Robert Sabo – NY Daily News

By Alan Squatrito – Big Blue United 10.7.13

I attended a Latin Mass this Sunday prior to the 1’o clock kickoff, but failed to understand what the pastor was preaching about. Later that afternoon, I watched Eli Manning attempt to run an offense and a similar feeling ensued: “What the heck is going on out there?!”-Vince Lombardi

Three intentional grounding calls, three interceptions, and twelve penalties for 136 yards will most likely guarantee  any football team a loss on game day and the Giants could not be the exception  versus the Eagles in week 5. This type of play is a reflection of the Giants hitting rock bottom.

A Broken Record:  Again, the Giants didn’t lose the game because of one single play. Again, the Giants didn’t lose the game because of one single play. Again, the Giants didn’t lose the game because of one single play.

You have to wonder, are the Giants sick of watching film on Monday’s yet

Here are the top plays the Giants could have avoided but didn’t in week 5:

  1. Giants lead 7-6 in the second quarter: Michael Vick throws a 56 yard pass to DeSean Jackson that goes right through Trumaine McBride’s hands for a should-have-been interception. This sets up a LeSean McCoy score from one yard out.
  2. Giants trailing 13-6 in the second quarterBrandon Jacobs fumbles at the 50-yard line, reminding Giants’ fans why he should have stayed let go. Forget about the disagreement to restructure a new contract deal in March, 2012 when he was originally released!  This turnover sets up a Michael Vick hamstring pull and an Alex Henry field goal, count it.
  3. Giants down 22-21 in the fourth quarter: Eli’s attempts to avoid a sack makes the play a lot worse, putting a meatball intended for Brandon Jacobs up for grabs. Jacobs fails to pull a David Tyree from Super Bowl XLII, and Mychal Kendricks comes down with another costly interception, setting the Eagles up for a highlight-worthy touchdown grab made by Brent Celek from 25 yards out.

Giants travel to Soldier Field on a short week to take on the Chicago Bears. I’m kind of curious as to how long they can keep their losing streak going at this point.

Cheer up Giants’ fans; those are your top turning points for week 5.

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