Jim Mancari, SNYNets.com

If you give your opponent more chances to score by turning the ball over, the other team will eventually capitalize on those chances.

In both of the Nets? recent losses to the Mavericks and Bulls, Brooklyn has turned the ball over a combined 41 times. Turning the ball over 20-plus times for games is almost certainly a recipe for disaster.

Tags: Brooklyn, Columns, eastern conference, miami heat, nets, own worst enemy, turnovers
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It wasn?t the defense?s fault that the Giants suffered a 31-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, who had lost their previous four games.

The Bengals only extended scoring drive that resulted in a touchdown came on their very first possession, when Andy Dalton hit A.J. Green on a 56-yard strike. The Giants secondary looked confused on the play, but other than that blunder, the defense actually turned in a decent effort.

The problem was that the Bengals kept starting with great field position fueled by Giants? offensive turnovers or giving up big special teams? plays.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw, AJ Green, Andy Dalton, bengals, defense, Eli Manning, giants, green, NFC East, Editorial Aside, turnovers
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When a team scores one offensive touchdown, it usually loses. But the Giants relied on five field goals from Lawrence Tynes and a Jason Pierre-Paul interception return for a touchdown to barely hang on in their 29-24 victory against the Cowboys.

For most of the game, the Giants had a weak rushing attack, and Eli Manning was not his traditional self in Cowboys Stadium.

After the 56-yard Rueben Randle catch on the opening drive, it almost seemed as if the Giants would just steam roll the Cowboys, playing without middle linebacker Sean Lee. But that drive only yielded a field goal.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, cowboys, Eli Manning, giants, Lawrence Tynes, offense, Editorial Aside, Sean Lee, Stevie Brown, turnovers, Victor Cruz
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