Like Odell Beckham Jr., Ben McAdoo has always kept something Super on his mind.
After the Giants’ 21-20 win over the Bengals on Monday night, Beckham dropped a mention of the Super Bowl on the ESPN postgame show. Some coaches might make any thoughts of reaching the Super Bowl taboo, but that’s not McAdoo’s style.
The Giants’ head coach mentioned a potential fifth Lombardi Trophy for Big Blue at his introductory press conference in January and then again at the first team meeting of training camp in July.
So no, McAdoo wasn’t bothered by Beckham being open about his lofty expectations when the receiver said, “We’re really looking forward to Feb. 5 in Houston.”
“Well I’m glad he was listening,” McAdoo said Tuesday. “That’s our goal. That’s why we come to work every day. We want to make sure we get here and put our work in, put our time in. That’s our one goal. But we have a lot of work to do until we get to that point. It’s good to have aspirations.”
It’s easy to see why all of a sudden the Giants are being put — or are putting themselves — in the same sentences as the words “Super” and “Bowl.” Firstly, they’re 6-3 and riding a four-game winning streak with weak opponents in the Chicago Bears and I-AA Browns on deck. They haven’t been perfect, but every Giants fan in the world remembers that their last two teams to come back with Lombardi Trophies didn’t have it all figured out in November, either.
But there are warning signs that this Giants team might not be all that its record cracks it up to be. For starters, despite winning two-thirds of its games thus far, Big Blue actually has a negative point differential (-2), a sign that perhaps they have been fortunate thus far. In addition, the Giants have a -8 turnover differential, third-worst in the league. That should be troubling for the team, especially since Eli Manning has never been able to really eliminate interceptions from his arsenal.
Still, the Giants sit in decent position to make the postseason. How does McAdoo assess his team’s playoff chances? Well, he didn’t really want to say.
“Well, I know this. I’m sitting here talking to you, we have a lot of preparation to get done for Chicago. That’s what I’m focused on right now,” McAdoo said when asked what he thought of the team’s playoff odds.
One other big hindrance to the Giants’ chances: the Cowboys are one of the best teams in football and have a two-game lead in the division. That isn’t to say that Big Blue can’t win a wild card spot or even the division, but just that it makes the road to Houston that much harder.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News