Eli Manning turned quickly and knocked his knuckles against the wood of his locker when asked about it. Tom Coughlin winced when the subject was brought up.
"You're the one who's going to start that stuff, huh?" Coughlin said.
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No one wants to jinx it, it seems, but Manning has never gone this deep into a season without an interception and is enjoying one of the longest interception-free streaks of his career. He has thrown 108 passes so far this season, the second-longest streak to begin a season in Giants history (Fran Tarkenton went 163 passes to start the 1969 campaign).
"I guess you notice it," Manning said of his streak which he measures more in games (three in a row) than attempts. "When you're out there you're just worried about finding completions and playing the game, not forcing things that aren't there."
Manning's current streak is the third-longest of his career. He threw 176 passes without a pick last season and had a 124-pass streak in 2005. His third-longest streak had been 107 passes in 2007, which he surpassed with his final throw against Washington last Thursday.
"Do I see anything different? Yeah," Coughlin said. "I see a guy working hard to take care of the ball. Priority."
Manning said, "I feel like I've been smart with the football, getting the ball out quickly and not taking chances."
Manning does have one turnover, a fumble against the Falcons that contributed to the Week 2 loss, so he hasn't been perfect in terms of protecting the football. But limiting his interceptions will be a key for the Giants. Throughout his career the team is 42-18 in games when Manning is not intercepted, 50-60 when he is.
Now come the Bills, who have registered five interceptions in their three games, tied for third-most in the NFL. But they've also allowed 326.7 passing yards per game, second-most in the league (only the Giants have allowed more).
"I think that's just being more comfortable with the offense, knowing where I want to go with the football, getting into different plays versus looks," Manning said of his streak.
"We have to do the same against the Bills."