This season is spiraling out of control for the New York Giants.
They are in the midst of a five-game losing streak; they are openly second-guessing themselves after losses; their offensive line is being exposed in both the running and passing games; and now they have to deal with questions about Tom Coughlin’s job security.
And, lucky for them, it will all be on display Sunday night during a national broadcast against the Dallas Cowboys, a team that beat them 31-21 a month ago.
As safety Antrel Rolle told reporters, “We’re desperate to get a win in the worst way.”
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The Giants had an opportunity to get back to their winning ways against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. In fact, they couldn’t have asked for a better scenario — trailing 16-10 late in the game with four chances for the go-ahead score from the 4-yard line.
The Giants threw three incomplete passes on fade attempts, and then quarterback Eli Manning threw his fifth interception of the day on fourth down.
“Four shots from the 4-yard line — it’s inexcusable that we didn’t score,” Coughlin said afterward.
Coughlin went on to admit that: “In hindsight, we should have run the ball … But we’ve done a good job in the tight [red] zone. But on this particular day, the frustration ... I could be standing here 17-16. Instead, we’re standing here with a loss.”
Coughlin might have lost some sleep over his decision not to try and pound the ball into the end zone from that short of a distance. But he might take solace in knowing that his team hasn’t run the ball well of late.
The Giants have only one 100-yard rushing game during their five-game losing streak, gaining 104 against the Cowboys on Oct. 19. But running the ball is key for their success.
In the Giants’ three-game winning streak earlier this season, they rushed for more than 100 yards in each game.
The Giants are reeling and in desperation mode. It became obvious on Sunday when they went for — and succeeded — with an onside kick in the second half.
“It [sent] the message that, at this point in time, we’re a desperate football team,” Rolle said.
That might make the Giants somewhat dangerous as they play with nothing to lose, but nothing more than that. The wheels are about to fall off, if they haven’t already.
• The Giants’ depleted offensive line should get a boost with the return right guard Geoff Schwartz, who has been activated off short-term injured reserve. “I am ready to go. I had a couple good weeks of practice,” Schwartz said. “Last week was real good. I expect I’ll be ready to go.”
• Manning on his five interceptions: “I think all of them were on me, just a poor decision and trying to make the throw, or an inaccurate throw.”
• Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is second in NFL receiving yards (357) and third in receptions (21) over the past three weeks (Week 9-11).
“He’s not gonna change who he is. One thing you have to admire about him is regardless of whether things are going good or the bottom’s fell out, he’s gonna stay the same, he’s gonna continue coaching his style, preaching team and togetherness. We’ll put it all together eventually.” — veteran defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins on Coughlin, according to the New York Daily News
18-24 Coughlin’s record since winning Super Bowl XLVI with the Giants in 2012