MINNEAPOLIS — The Giants came into Monday night’s game as the only defense in the NFL without a takeaway. They left the game the same way.
After four games, the unit has yet to intercept a pass or recover a fumble. Their only takeaway as a team came last week against Washington on a muffed punt. And yet, no one seems to mind.
“We’re not going to chase takeaways,” Ben McAdoo said. “We’re going to rally to the football, play sound football. No one needs to go rogue. You start chasing turnovers, you start playing unsound defense.”
Safety Landon Collins agreed.
“We’re not bothered by that,” he said, noting that getting off the field on third downs is more important. The Vikings were 8-for-16 on third downs in the win.
While the Giants have a poor turnover differential of minus-8, both sides of the equation clearly need to do better. McAdoo, while exhorting the offense to “protect the Duke,” is not putting any pressure on the defense to snap it away.
“A sound defense fits together like nuts and bolts, and that’s how we need to play,” he said. “The turnovers come in bunches. We need to keep working hard at it. Turnovers, they come in bunches and we’re going to get some.”