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Ben McAdoo liked Giants' methodical approach last week

Giants quarterback Eli Manning talks with offensive coordinator

Giants quarterback Eli Manning talks with offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo at training camp on Aug. 5, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Joe Epstein

The thing Ben McAdoo seemed to like best about the Giants' offensive performance against the Falcons last week was that they took what was given to them and did not try to focus on any one aspect or player.

"We were very methodical last week," the offensive coordinator said Thursday. "We did a nice job of not forcing the football to certain guys. We trusted everyone on the field and the ball went where it was supposed to go. That is very big and important and it shows that we can play with discipline and detail. If we have to go the long haul and have long drives and run the ball and take completions and not penalize ourselves, then we are capable of doing that."

What the Giants didn't do -- and pretty much haven't done at all this season -- is take advantage of down-the-field plays. They completed one pass of 20 or more yards, a 42-yarder to Preston Parker that would have been a touchdown had he not fallen. They have completed only two passes of 40 or more yards this season.

The addition of Odell Beckham Jr. to the offense should allow for more deep looks.

"If he is productive with his one-on-one matchups and wins and does a nice job being explosive there, executing crisply and playing with great effort, then that is certainly something that could come up," McAdoo said.

Until then, McAdoo seems content with taking things slowly and surely up and down the field, just as the Giants did Sunday against the Falcons.

"It was progress," he said.

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