The Giants are sixth in the NFL in offensive yards and 27th in scoring. Ben McAdoo senses that’s about to change.
“I think we’re ready to break out,” the head coach said. “In every way shape and form we’re ready to break out. We’re due . . . I have a lot of confidence in the group.”
A week ago Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz voiced similar confidence that such an outburst was pending. They just happened to say it in a week when the Giants were preparing to face the Vikings and their suffocating defense. This week, McAdoo may have timed his optimism better. The Packers, Sunday night’s opponent, are ranked 29th in passing defense.
The two major issues in the disparity between the yardage and the points have been turnovers and penalties.
“We have to hold onto the ball and finish some drives,” Eli Manning said.
For McAdoo, it’s not that simple. He said the defense and special teams should also be helping the offense score points with things like field position and takeaways.
“We need to feed off each other in all three phases instead of covering for each other,” McAdoo said. “I think we need to play better team football overall.”
Back to Pack
McAdoo returns to Green Bay on Sunday for the first time since his eight-year stint there as an assistant under Mike McCarthy. His appreciation for McCarthy is well-documented, but McAdoo insisted that it will have no bearing on his preparation or emotions in the game.
“How can I ask this team to be disciplined and poised and be committed to it and not have that myself?” McAdoo said. “I have a job to do and I’ll be consistent with the way I do my job.”
In regards to Tom Coughlin’s offer to help Odell Beckham Jr. deal with his behavior issues, McAdoo said: “I have no feeling one way or another” . . . S Nat Berhe remains in the concussion protocol . . . The Giants had a walk-through workout on Wednesday but projected that RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) would have been limited. CB Eli Apple (hamstring) would not have participated, though he was stretching with the team. McAdoo said the availability of those players for Sunday will be clearer after the team has a full practice on Thursday.