Despite finishing 10th in total yards in Ben McAdoo's first year as offensive coordinator, the Giants struggled to find consistency in the ground game. As we head into McAdoo's second year, what can we expect from the Giants offense this season?
Hopefully, more yards and points. Tom Coughlin prefers a balanced offense, but scoring points and winning games supersedes all else. Remember, the 2011 Giants finished last in the NFL in rushing yards – and won the Super Bowl. McAdoo has a variety of weapons at running back, wide receiver and tight end at his disposal if everyone stays healthy. He still has Eli Manning taking the snaps. The Giants will do whatever is necessary each week to win the game. If that means running the ball more often, fine. If not, that's also fine. They're not looking at rushing yards. The only number that matters is the win total.
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What can the Giants do to improve their turnover differential, after being on the negative the past two seasons?
First, they must do a better job holding onto the football. Last year, the Giants lost 14 fumbles, the second-highest total in the NFC. Reducing the number of interceptions (14) would also help, but relative to other teams, that wasn't abnormally high. On the flip side, the Giants recovered only nine fumbles. That's not a terribly low number, but it does place them in the bottom third of the league. They need to force more fumble and secure the ball when they do.