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Ben McAdoo sees room for improvement in Giants offense

Giants quarterback Eli Manning talks with offensive coordinator

Giants quarterback Eli Manning talks with offensive coordinator Ben Mcadoo during the second quarter of a game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Credit: AP / Paul Sancya

The Giants may have had a pretty good offensive game on Sunday against the Texans, but coordinator Ben McAdoo wants to hold off on the parades and medal ceremonies.

"We didn't find the cure for cancer," he said, downplaying the achievement. "We have a long way to go, but it was nice to see us moving in the right direction and have a little bit of confidence out there."

The Giants did a lot of things right. Rashad Jennings ran for a career-high 176 yards. Eli Manning completed 75 percent of his passes. Victor Cruz caught his first touchdown in almost a year. McAdoo is focusing on the wrongs.

"We talked this week . . . about having an appetite for all things offense," he said. "Moving the ball isn't good enough. We need to be successful on third down, we need to be successful in the green zone, and we need to do a better job of finishing games."

If they do that, then maybe the parades will come.

Beason to go

Linebacker Jon Beason (foot/toe) was limited in practice on Tuesday but appears to be on track to play Thursday against Washington. "We look at him every morning and see how he feels and so on and so forth," Tom Coughlin said. "He did OK today and we'll see what it's like tomorrow."

Packers clone?

New Washington coach Jay Gruden and his staff haven't even bothered to look at any offensive film on the Giants from 2013. "We scrapped last year's tape," he said on a conference call. "It's this year. And obviously Green Bay."

New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo may have roots in the Packers system, but how much of a facsimile are the Giants running this season?

"Every offense is its own living, breathing animal," McAdoo said. "You may start in a certain direction but it kind of goes where the players are. Every offense is built around the players. You can go in any direction you want, but you have to do what the players do best."

Giant steps

CB Zack Bowman (quad) returned to practice and was limited . . . P Steve Weatherford did not practice on Tuesday . . . Asked about calling the same power running play three straight times against the Texans, McAdoo said it was working. "Why not?" It was stopped the third time, but if it had been successful? "Call it a fourth."

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