Giants quarterback Eli Manning, constantly compared to his quarterbacking brother on the Indianapolis Colts, leads Peyton Manning in one unsung career statistic: fumbles.
Eli Manning has 59 fumbles in 99 career regular-season games. Peyton Manning has 57 in 202.
“Not good,” Eli Manning said last week when this nugget was pointed out to him.
On Sunday night in Philadelphia, Eli Manning had one of his more memorable loose-fingered gaffes. His team trailing the Eagles by 7 points in the final few minutes and facing a fourth-and-6 from its 44-yard line, Manning scrambled down the middle of the field for a 16-yard gain.
But rather than sliding feet first, which ends the play to protect quarterbacks from hits, he dived forward. The ball bounced free. The Eagles recovered and won, 27-17.
It was one of five turnovers for the 6-4 Giants, whose primary concern is reflected in a minus-8 turnover margin and a league-leading 14 fumbles lost.