Looking to the Final Home Game of the Season!!
Looking Back Against the Cowboys:
The fans of the Giants understood why Jerry Reese put as much attention in the defenses during the offseason as he did. The defense forced three turnovers and held the Cowboys to seven points. Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo was happy with the team’s effort: “What we did well, tremendous effort by the defense all night. We stayed in the moment the entire 60 minutes of the ball game. I really thought we put our foot down in the second half of the game. We tackled fundamentally sound. We held the offense to seven points, minimized explosive gains and forced turnovers. What we need to work on, we need to keep them under 100 yards rushing and keep them out of field goal range at the end of the first half.”
On the offensive side the ball, McAdoo stated everyone knows there is improvement that has to be made. “We need to be better decision-makers with the ball in our hands. Again, that’s all around, and we need to eliminate the unforced errors, which is creeping up everywhere.
Eli Manning agreed with Coach McAdoo on the struggling offense: Obviously we’ve got to fix the turnovers. The ball slipping out of my hand, I had the fumble and the sack, the interception; the guy jumped the curl, so we’ve got to clean up those plays. We can’t afford to turn the ball over, especially some of those when we’re down that prevented us from scoring some points.
The Giants Host the Lions this upcoming Sunday at 1pm at Metlife Life Stadium. Taming the Lion:
The Giants host the Lions at the Meadowlands for their final home game of the season. Both teams are fighting for their playoff positioning. The Giants are trying to secure their Wildcard spot, as the Lions are trying to hold off the Packers and Vikings in the NFC north.
The teams last met in the first game of the 2014 season, when the Lions defeated the Giants, 35-14. The last time the Giants hosted the Lions was in 2010, when the Giants defeated the Lions, 28-20. The sole tie between the teams was a scoreless game in 1943.
Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell knows that the Giants offense is not to be taken lightly: “Yeah, they are an explosive group. They obviously have three talented wide receivers, backs that can run the ball, up front they are solid in terms of their offensive line, good players and obviously anytime you have the kind of experience that Eli has with two Super Bowls under his belt and a lot of big games and he is a very talented guy.”
Coach McAdoo know that this Detroit team is dangerous. “They're a well-coached team, very resilient. A lot of wins at the end of ballgames. Offensively, Stafford does a nice job dealing the football to all their play makers. He's highly skilled on the perimeter with Golden Tate, Jones, Boldin, and Ebron is playing well. Riddick has a complete skillset at the running back position, has a lot of targets out of the backfield. Their offensive line is gelling with the addition of Decker and Glasgow.”
“Defensively, they're playing well as of late. Last seven ballgames, they've given up about 16 points and have caused 10 turnovers. They have a high-motor operation upfront, led by Ansah, Ngata and Hyder, he's playing well for them. Levy is getting healthy and he's back in the groove as linebacker, and Whitehead is playing at a high level. Slay is coming into his own and Quin really holds it all together back there, he's a communicator. Special teams, they have a dangerous returner in Roberts and a strong kicker/punter combination in Prater and Martin. “
Odell Beckham struggled on Sunday against the Cowboys but did get the game winning touchdown. Beckham had four catches for 94 yards and after the game he discussed the big play “I just caught a slant. Tried to hit a gear. I looked back, well actually, I didn’t have to look back I could just hear someone running. I was running as fast as ever. I felt someone chasing me. I had to hit another gear. My hamstrings got a little tight, but it was a real race. I really had to run. I just got the opportunity I missed early in the game. Haven’t really had the chance to be on the JUGS as much as I am used to with the thumb. I don’t care about that anymore. Whatever it is, tomorrow, I’ll be in there on the JUGS machine. Just way too many drops and way too many plays I missed out on”
As for this weekend against the Lions Odell Knows not to take Detroit lightly: "The team is doing pretty nice. If I’m not mistaken, they’re leading their division. They’re doing pretty good. Their defense has a lot of talent over there. They have some guys up front that are game wreckers. We just have to control what we can control..
Eli’s Stat line was not impressive against the cowboys this past Sunday as he was 17-28 for a touchdown and an interception but the offense seemed to stall at times. “ Well, I got to play better. Got to find completions, got to protect the football better. That's what's got to happen in these type of games and you get into December, you got to protect the football. That's the most important thing right now.” now.”