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Experts look for answers following loss to 49ers

After throwing just six interceptions all season heading into Sunday, quarterback Eli Manning threw five in the Giants' Week 11 game against the San Francisco 49ers, who defeated the Giants, 16-10. It was the fifth straight loss for a Giants team that now sits at 3-7 on the season and four games off the NFC East lead.


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On another NFL Monday, rounds up what experts and analysts are saying about Big Blue:

"GRADE: D. It might seem like Eli Manning has a lot of five interception games, but that's not actually true, Manning's five pick game against San Francisco was only the second of his career. The reason this grade isn't an 'F' is because the rest of the team somehow almost overcame Eli's five picks to win the game."

"Odell Beckham's emergence was enough to hold teams at bay for a few weeks, but we could be seeing the re-emergence of a quarterback that is simply too turnover-prone to move this offense significantly…Speaking of Beckham, he is too much fun to watch. And Manning made no qualms about targeting him on nearly every passing play in the second half. There was a certain stretch where Beckham got five of six targets, including three straight on a crucial fourth-quarter drive. Beckham's night was highlighted by a phenomenal grab against Perrish Cox in which he tipped the ball to himself and hauled it in on the ground in a seated position."

"Entering this game, Eli Manning had been playing efficiently all season under new coordinator Ben McAdoo. Manning's touchdown-to-interception ratio stood at 17:6. Then he played the 49ers. Manning forced several passes and made poor decisions. His five – yes, five – interceptions eliminated New York's chances of winning and helped extend the Giants' losing streak to five games. Might be time to rebuild in NY."

"The Giants quarterback threw a total of six interceptions in his first nine games, but he managed to throw five in Sunday's loss. He was under pressure all game, and the fifth was on a forced throw and tipped pass at the goal line. But early in the game he was making bad throws and bad decisions. It was an unfortunate resurrection of the "Bad Eli" who threw a league-leading 27 interceptions last year and who had largely disappeared in a new offensive system designed to limit his mistakes. It was especially unfortunate for the Giants that it happened in a winnable game."

"Manning finished last season with an NFL-worst 27 interceptions, but he'd tossed only six coming into this game. He nearly doubled that and now the only quarterback with more is rookie Blake Bortles, who entered Week 11 with 14 picks. The Giants have now lost five straight. Despite the blunders, the 49ers didn't run away with it. They dominated in time of possession, but mustered only three more yards in total offense (333) and needed three Phil Dawson field goals to stay in the game. Colin Kaepernick finally found Michael Crabtree in the third quarter for a 48-yard touchdown. Offensively, the Giants might have looked much uglier with all of the turnovers. But the 49ers weren't pretty, either, on that side of the ball."

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