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Where’s the end zone? Giants’ offense has seemingly forgotten how to get there

So, what is the solution to the Giants’ seeming allergic reaction to the end zone, and their overall inability to score points? The Giants are averaging a league-worst 11.8 points per game.

Offensive coordinator Mike Kafka said Thursday that getting into the end zone is “a point of emphasis” and that there is “a sense of urgency” for the Giants to score more points and felt the team took "a step in the right direction” last week despite going 0 for 5 in the red zone.

“We got some opportunities, now we’ve got to capitalize on them," Kafka said. “When you evaluate the players you try to find their strengths and their weaknesses and then you build a game plan around those things. We’re evaluating everything. We’re trying to look at our offense from different points of view, from all the different position groups and figure out how we can fix it and get it right again.”

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Giants face awkward Daniel Jones question if they can't save season | New York Post

The New York Giants, at 1-5, are perilously close to that DOA designation anyway, of course, especially with Daniel Jones still waiting to be cleared for contact after missing last week's loss to the Buffalo Bills due to a neck injury.

Daniel Jones on the field yesterday

Giants know their fans deserve better | New York Post

“We haven’t put a product out there that anybody should be happy about,” said Saquon Barkley, “especially us in this locker room, we know that, especially in those home games so far. We get a great opportunity to go back home in front of our fans and play a division opponent and try to get the season back on the right track.

“We’re not naive to the fact that they spend hard-earned money to come and watch us play and support the team, but at the end of the day it’s like we care, we really do care about what’s going on with our season, and we want to save it, and we want to be able to play at the level that we know we can play.”

How should Giants approach NFL trade deadline? Former GM offers insight | The Athletic

Q: For the 1-5 Giants, would being aggressive mean selling some pieces?

Randy Mueller: I’m not a believer in getting rid of good players. So any pieces I would sell would not viewed as part of my long-term build. So I don’t know that they have pieces to sell. I think I would probably still be in acquisition mode.

Buy, sell or hold: What should each NFL team do at the 2023 trade deadline? | PFF

A year after winning a road playoff game, the Giants don’t need to completely tear things down, with so many recent draft picks playing big roles and taking steps on both sides of the ball. But pending free agents should be shopped such as wide receiver Parris Campbell, cornerback Adoree’ Jackson and safety Xavier McKinney.

Giants’ have no problem with Brian Daboll’s outbursts | New York Daily News

Giants’ head coach Brian Daboll runs hot, and it was on display for the entire country to see on Sunday. Tyrod Taylor and Darren Waller both have no problem with Daboll’s “fire,” regardless of how the national audience might view the coach’s outbursts

“That comes with the quarterback position,” Taylor said. “I don’t think he was wrong. I didn’t receive it that way, I could say that.”

“I think in the moment, the frustration can build for him where it’s like, these little details, these small things, we’re right there but it’s not coming through,” Waller continued. “We can kind of see that’s where that fire and anger is coming from.”

How Giants’ Joshua Ezeudu is battling self-pity after Bills’ turf might’ve ended his already rough 2nd season |

“I put in so much work, just for a freak accident to happen. But I just have to know that it’s not my plan, and God let it happen for a reason. So I’ve just got to trust his plan and trust his understanding. Because to me, it seems like I can’t get anything to go my way.”

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A balanced Commanders offense is about more than just pass vs. run | The Washington Post

This season, Rivera has echoed new coordinator Eric Bieniemy’s goal of achieving offensive balance.

“We want to be able to always constantly keep that threat on [opponents] that: ‘Hey, we can run the ball. We can throw the ball. We can throw the ball in play-action. We [can] throw the ball off boot-action. We can throw the ball on a dropback,’ ” Rivera said. “But that keeps everything open in terms of, ‘Hey, we can run it, we can run something inside, we can bounce the ball and get something outside.’ ”

Washington Commanders' Casey Toohill 'Made Most of His Opportunities' vs. Atlanta Falcons | Sports Illustrated

The Washington Commanders' defense has a host of star players, but defensive end Casey Toohill is having a breakout start to the season. Toohill has already surpassed his sack total from last year as his two sacks against the Falcons gave him three on the year and nearly has as many quarterback hits in six games as he did the whole season last year.

Around the league

How Evan Engram found confidence, a home with the Jaguars | ESPN

Cowboys' Mike McCarthy backs Dak Prescott after up-and-down start to 2023 season |

Eagles-Dolphins marks start of tough schedule for Philly |

Dolphins’ Vic Fangio says he doesn’t have any intel to stop Eagles after being with team during Super Bowl |

Raiders rule out QB Jimmy Garoppolo (back) vs. Bears |

Deshaun Watson (shoulder) returns to practice, making throws |

Bill O’Brien hints at potential change for struggling Patriots offense | Pats Pulpit

Raiders WR Davante Adams frustrated over role in offense: ‘I’m not here just to hang out’ |

Seahawks' DK Metcalf on penalties -- 'Not going to change who I am' |

Tom Brady is trying to buy 10 percent of Raiders for only $175 million | Pro Football Talk

No, Caleb Williams will NEVER get an NFL ownership stake in the draft |

The value of NFL running backs keeps falling. How did we get here? | The Athletic

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