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Ben McAdoo takeaways: Head coach proud of defense

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Coach offers praise for his stellar defense

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It seems the New York Giants have a winning formula. Score just enough, and let the defense hold on for the victory. Once again the Giants defense has carried the team with a 17-6 score against the Detroit Lions. Head coach Ben McAdoo offers his thoughts on his defense’s performance as well as the play of his offense.

On the defense ...

Ben McAdoo had nothing but glowing remarks for his defensive unit.

“The defense, they hold teams to six points, we're going to win a lot of ball games,
McAdoo said. “That's tough to do in this league, especially against a team like that with that many weapons. But defense played lights-out today.

I think the last couple of weeks they're playing well together as a unit; they're feeding off of each other, feeding off of the crowd noise, that helps. They seem to be gelling as a unit, doing their own job, playing hard, playing with great effort and executing.”

On Eli Manning ...

The offense has yet to find their groove but McAdoo still has total faith in Eli Manning.

“ I thought Eli was very good today,” McAdoo said. “I thought he was solid in the conditions. It was a different type game to play quarterback in, but he took completions and you can't go broke taking a profit.

On Janoris Jenkins’ injury ...

Jenkins was forced to leave the game early after an accidental collision with Trebin Wade. McAdoo is still unsure of his status.

“He took a knee to the back and he's still being evaluated,” he said.

On the offensive line ...

The line has taken heat this entire season with Ereck Flowers taking a lot of the blame. When asked on the play of Flowers and Justin Pugh, McAdoo was satisfied.

‘I thought the big guys came off the ball, played physical upfront, played as a unit,” he said. “We'll have to go back and take a look at the tape but it was a good day for the big guys.”

On the failed challenge ...

Early in the game, McAdoo threw the challenge flag on a seemingly routine catch by Eric Ebron. Here was his explanation.

“We saw the ball moving a little bit and a knee on the white, it was the first half so we took a shot at it.”