The Sunday the New York Giants will be hosting the undefeated Patriots at MetLife Stadium. The Patriots offense is rolling on all cylinders, as Brady is currently at the helm of another MVP-caliber season, while the Patriots defense is quietly in the top 10 in yards allowed and second in the league in sacks with 27. New England poses a large obstacle for the Giants to overcome and both the offensive and defensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo and Steve Spagnuolo spoke with the Giants Beat about their perspective keys to the game.
“We want to play balanced football,” McAdoo stated as the beginning of the conference. “We want to run a little bit, we want to throw a little bit, and, again, situationally we have to do the smart thing to win the down and move the chains and keep the ball in our hands.”
The Giants have had a mild presence on the ground thus far into the season however are looking to revitalize their backfield to open up opportunities in the passing game. McAdoo knows that Belichick loves to alter defensive formations throughout games and is preparing a malleable scheme for Sunday’s matchup.
“We’ll have to be ready to adjust and improvise as the game goes on.”
One of the Giants main offensive focuses will be getting the ball in the hands of number 13 as often as they can. However, McAdoo knows that when an opposing offense has a player as high profile and potent as Odell Beckham Jr, Belichick and the Patriots defensive scheme is usually oriented on minimizing the impact of that high profile player.
“They seem to give some talented players some extra attention. I wouldn’t be surprised to see that on Sunday.”
As far as improving their offense, McAdoo thinks the biggest improvement that could made is a rise in Manning’s completion percentage. Currently sitting at 66%, McAdoo knows that it could be a higher number.
“I talk to Odell and I talk to Eli, you know we’re throwing him the ball a bunch, but I’d like to see that completion percentage go up. It’s not high enough.”