EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –** The Giants are the only team in the NFL that has had every one of its games this season decided by more than seven points. The final margin in their three victories was 13, 31 and 10 points. The difference in their five defeats was 21, 11, 27, 10 and 16 points, the latest a 40-24 loss to Indianapolis on Monday night.
So what, exactly, is the reason behind the lopsided losses?
"I don't know if I have an exact answer," quarterback Eli Manning said today. "(We) had the game (Monday) night, had the Philadelphia game (a 27-0 loss) where we didn't execute, we didn't have enough long drives."
On Sunday, the Giants will visit the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks in Seattle. Last Dec. 15, the Seahawks inflicted one of the worst losses of the 2013 season on the Giants, 23-0, in MetLife Stadium.
"All we can worry about now is trying to figure out how to get better," Manning said. "We can't worry about these past games; we've got to learn from the previous game, and try to make corrections there to see what we have to do to get better, what is going to be our approach to this week. We've got to practice. I feel like in practice we are doing a lot of good things, and making plays. Having good practices, we have to take it over to the game, to the game field."
Manning said he will take little, if anything, from the last Seattle game as he prepares for this one.
"(We have a) new offense, new scheme," he said. "Last year, we did not play well against them. But they have good players, and we know that. We've got to play smart….can't turn the ball over versus this team."
As unpleasant as it might be, coach Tom Coughlin said he will study that game.
"We will look at it," he said. "We do our four to five-game breakdown and that is based on this season. We will look at the tape just in terms of how they align to the different formations and see if there is anything different. It will be a little bit different for us in trying to interpret it. They have changed some, too. There are some different style adjustments as well with regard to Seattle."
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Because they played Monday night, the Giants will have a jog-thru practice late this afternoon. Coughlin said running back Rashad Jennings (knee) will not participate. Jennings has missed the last three games with a knee injury.
"He has done running, straight ahead," Coughlin said. "I think he started to do some cutting, but I don't know if there is a full menu or diet of that coming. He is running though."
- Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, who missed the Colts game with a calf injury, has started to work his way back.
"Cullen is going to start in individual and do very little in terms of team reps," Coughlin said. "But he is going to get started."
- Rookie left guard Weston Richburg sprained his right ankle in the second half Monday night.
"It is going to end up being day-to-day," Coughlin said.
Also on the injury report are cornerback Prince Amukamara (who tore his right biceps and is out for the season), wide receiver Preston Parker (ankle), cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring), punter Steve Weatherford (ankle/back) and defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka (knee).
Statistical leftovers from the Indianapolis game:
- The Giants' last three opponents – Philadelphia, Dallas and Indianapolis – gained 448, 423 and 443 yards. It's the first time the Giants have allowed at least 423 yards in each of three consecutive games since Nov. 28-Dec. 11, 2011, when New Orleans (577), Green Bay (449) and Dallas (444) provided the opposition.
- On Monday, the Giants gained 438 yards, the Colts 443. It was the first Giants game in which each team totaled so many yards since Dec. 11, 2011, when the Giants finished with 510 and the Cowboys with 444.
Manning threw for 359 yards, while Andrew Luck almost matched him with 354 yards. It was the first time Manning and the opposing quarterback each had such a high yardage total since total since Nov. 28, 2011, when Manning threw for 406 yards and Drew Brees passed for 363 in New Orleans.
- The Giants had touchdown drives of 84, 80 and 90 yards against the Colts, the first time they had three scoring drives that started from their own 20 and in since Oct. 10, 2013 in Chicago (80, 80 and 91-yard possessions).
- Manning's 359 passing yards increased his career total to 37,277 and moved him into 17th place on the NFL's career list – one yard ahead of Donovan McNabb. Boomer Esiason is 16th with 37,920.
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Manning's two touchdown passes against the Colts increased his career total to 245. That moved him past John Hadl (244) and into 17th place on the all-time list. Immediately ahead of him is…Esiason, with 247. Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers, who were selected with Manning in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft, are tied with 241.
- Manning's 18-yard run vs. Indianapolis tied his career high and was the Giants' longest rush of the game. He last had the team's longest run on Nov. 6, 2011 at New England, a 12-yarder.
- Under Coughlin, the Giants are 14-16 when Manning throws for at least 300 yards and 16-18 when the opposing quarterback throws for 300 or more.
- Odell Beckham Jr. had 156 receiving yards vs. the Colts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the third-highest total by a rookie in Giants history. Mark Bavaro had 176 yards at Cincinnati on Oct. 13, 1985, and Earnest Gray totaled 169 yards vs. San Francisco on Oct. 14 1979.
- Rookie Corey Washington became the 59th different receiver to catch a regular-season pass from Manning and the 35th to catch a touchdown pass.
- Tackle Nick Becton was signed by New Orleans off the Giants' practice squad.