The New York Giants renewed sense of energy is one major reason Jameel McClain is optimistic about Sunday which itself derives from “Having fun, man. This is a game. At the end of the day it’s a game, don’t take it so serious. Let’s have fun with it, run around, hit people, and do what we do. We’ve got the easy job, the offensive players have got to do the thinking.”
Giants Linebacker Jameel McClain refuses to provide the Atlanta Falcons with any bulletin board material ahead of his team’s home game on Sunday afternoon. On the contrary, McClain was quite bullish about his opposition’s skill level, saying “I see talent, I see speed, I see they have a variety of running backs who all have completely different styles, and they really can get after it. All of them have experience and their receivers, we all know what their receivers are capable of. A quarterback that is one of the elite quarterbacks in the league, so I see a talented team all together…”
There’s reason the former Orangeman is cautious heading into the match-up. The 2-2 Falcons have alternated between wins and losses so far and were easily beaten by the Vikings last Sunday. Statistically, the NFC South (co)leaders are 2nd in the league with respect to passing yards at 322.3 yds/gm; while their ground attack is 14th averaging 121.8 yards per game.
McClain was equally quick to point out that the G-Men were looking forward to Sunday’s Challenge and said “I think we all play this game to compete against the best. I think we all play this game to see how we stack up. I don’t know any defensive player, or any defensive coach that regardless of who the top is, whether it was last year’s top, this year’s or ten years from now in the top, anybody that is really intimidated by that, we are in the NFL because we are here, we are competitive people, and we accept the challenge daily, regardless of who the offense is.”
Having allowed 254.5 yards per game in the air and 101.3 yds/gm by the rush, The Giants have had a relatively slow defensive start. Unworried, Mclain said “We are not worried about opening people’s eyes. They can doubt us as much as they want.”
Big Blue is 22nd in the league for opposition passing yards and 10th in opposition rushing yards. The 7 year vet, McClain, brushed the stats aside and isn’t concerned with rankings and opinions, saying “You take your lumps early and you just keep improving, and consistently improving.”