That single statistic, more so than does anything else, defines the 2013 New York Giants on the second Saturday of October. New York will, following the standard break that comes after a Thursday night game, play only two contests between now and November 10, meaning that the team will have plenty of time for soul searching. It's obviously too late for such actions to change New York's fate this season, but that doesn't mean that the next ten games are meaningless for the Giants.
Plenty of individuals within the franchise will be working to save their jobs between now and the end of the year.
Sober thoughts on Giants loss to Bears: Reason for hope...or not?
The New York offensive line, maybe the worst in all of the league in the first five weeks of the season, had its best game on Thursday evening. That unit propelled veteran running back Brandon Jacobs to a 106 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries performance, and it also limited the Chicago Bears to but a single sack. Did the team's latest defeat offer indications that the o-line of the Giants is finally becoming a cohesive unit?
That the Bears have been somewhat weak up front on the defensive side of the ball is hardly a secret. Only the Giants and Steelers have fewer team sacks heading into Sunday's games. While it was nice to see Eli Manning have some time in the pocket and also to watch an offensive line create holes for running backs, nobody should yet be assuming that the Giants have fixed that portion of the team.
Sober thoughts on Giants loss to Bears: Shut him down
No reasonable individuals expect the previously mentioned Jacobs to average 100 rushing yards per game in 2013. With Da'Rel Scott set to miss at least a few weeks because of a hamstring issue, the Giants getting David Wilson back soon would be ideal. At 0-6, New York doesn't need to take any chances, especially when dealing with a young play-maker who has what could be a serious neck injury.
Shut him down.
The Giants getting Wilson back in a month or so could make the difference between New York finishing the campaign at 4-12 rather than at 3-13. Big whoop. There are certain cases where you have to look down the road at the big picture. This is definitely one of those times.
Sober thoughts on Giants loss to Bears: Reality check
The “will the Giants and head coach Tom Coughlin part ways?” fires that pop up every year have been fed with gallons of gasoline thanks to New York's 0-6 start. Whether or not Big Blue needs a total reset, one that also includes a new coaching staff, is a matter of opinion. Here is the fact of the matter that everybody had better realize:
Coughlin will leave the franchise and the game when he is good and ready, and not a day before.
Giants fans have every right to be frustrated. The team is a mess in oh so many ways. You haven't been paying close attention, though, if you think that New York's woes begin and end with its head coach. Coughlin will absolutely have a plethora of questions to answer once the season comes to an end. As he should. Those two Super Bowl titles weren't won over a decade ago. Everybody should remember that before burying the franchise's current era because of one disastrous season.