The last thing the Giants need against the improving but still struggling Detroit Lions on Sunday is a spate of turnovers. But that’s exactly what they’ve had throughout the season.
Eli Manning’s two picks last week in an otherwise dominant performance over Houston gave him eight on the season. The difference between those and most of his others was that they didn’t come off tipped passes. And that gave Tom Coughlin just enough to worry about as he prepared his team to face a 1-4 squad that just put up 44 points in beating St. Louis.
Included was defensive back Alfonso Smith’s 42-yard interception return for a touchdown off Sam Bradford.
“All I stress with Eli is to be aware of the circumstances,“ Coughlin said. “Don’t put your team in jeopardy. Throw it away.
“We’ve got to stop this,” he added. “It’s got to stop.”
Turnovers are about the only thing that can undermine a Giants’ offense that comes off its second 400-yard performance of the season. The Lions rank 25th overall in defense, but are the top turnover team in the league with seven interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. A front that features monster first-round defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (team-high three sacks) could pressure Manning into mistakes.
The quarterback needs to find a solution now.
“Third-and-long, I just have to take my completions or throw it away,” Manning said.