The Giants are coming off their biggest win of the season and arguably their biggest win in years. Eli Manning knows, however, that victories such as Sunday night’s 10-7 decision over the Cowboys cannot become the norm if the Giants are going to continue their march to the playoffs.
“No, you’re not going to win many games when you turn the ball over and score 10 points,” the quarterback said. “We understand that and we’ll fix it.”
He also knows it’s up to him to get that done.
“I’ve got to play better,” Manning said. “Got to find completions, got to protect the football better. That’s what’s got to happen in these type of games. You get into December, you’ve got to protect the football. That’s the most important thing right now.”
Manning didn’t do that Sunday. He lost two fumbles, threw an interception and also had two passes nearly picked off but were dropped by Dallas defenders.
The Giants won even though the offense brought nothing to the pot luck party. It was the defense that made it happen, which has been the case in most of the nine wins this season. Sunday, though, was the latest and most glaring example of that.
To win with only 10 points is rare. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants have scored 10 or fewer points 142 times since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger and have won only eight of those games. Since the start of the 2012 season, teams are 11-294-2 when they score 10 or fewer points.
That’s why Manning knows he needs to kick it up. In the past he has done that when the Giants are pushing toward the postseason. He’s usually been one of the main reasons why they get to the playoffs when they do. That’s why it seems so out of place for the team to be succeeding while Manning struggles.
“I want to play better,” he said. “We’ve just got to understand, hey, I know I can play well, I know I can make the plays and get hot. I just have to stand in there and make the plays. I’m going to keep working and go in every week confident that I can go out there and have a great game.”