Streak­ing Giants look to con­tinue suc­cess

With 5 straight vic­to­ries and win­less Browns next on sched­ule, N.Y. looks to keep roll go­ing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Tom Cana­van

The New York Giants are rid­ing their long­est win­ning streak in six years, and there is no rea­son to think it is go­ing to end soon.

Rookie coach Ben McA­doo’s team has won five in a row and it is head­ing to Cleve­land this week­end for a game against the win­less Browns, who will be with­out start­ing quar­ter­back Cody Kessler be­cause of a con­cus­sion.

And yet, the Giants (7-3) are not even close to peak­ing.

The of­fense has been in­con­sis­tent. While the run­ning game has posted con­sec­u­tive 100-yard games in wins over the Ben­gals and Bears, it re­mains one of the NFL’s worst.

Eli Man­ning and the pass­ing game have shown flashes, but over­all have been in­con­sis­tent. The com­bi­na­tion of Man­ning to Odell Beck­ham Jr. is the big-play threat. The rest of the of­fense fea­tures a grind-it-out style that can’t af­ford any mis­takes.

The de­fense, ranked last a year ago, is one rea­son the Giants have one more win than they man­aged in ei­ther of the last two sea­sons. It has closed out games week af­ter week dur­ing the cur­rent run, some­thing it failed to do a year ago in los­ing six games ei­ther in the fourth quar­ter or over­time.

“We haven’t accomplished any­thing yet,” McA­doo said Mon­day in re­view­ing Sun­day’s 22-16 win over Chicago. “The highs are high and the lows are low and you’re go­ing have to put out three dump­ster fires a day. Other than that, you need to fo­cus on your prepa­ra­tion and get ready for the next op­po­nent.”

With six games left in the reg­u­lar sea­son, the Giants have the best record among the non-di­vi­sion lead­ers. How­ever, the wild-card race is tight and a cou­ple of losses can quickly drop a team out a play­off spot, which is a pos­si­bil­ity for a club that has won seven games by a to­tal of 27 points.

“Seven wins doesn’t get you very far,” McA­doo said. “We need to keep stack­ing suc­cess.”

There is a good feel­ing in the locker room af­ter sweep­ing a three-game home­s­tand. Play­ers are con­fi­dent, yet they are say­ing the right things. They are in the coach-speak mode with the oblig­a­tory “on any given week in the NFL ...”

McA­doo has also done his best to keep the play­ers on edge.

“Win­ning is fun, but we can’t get too com­fort­able,” said de­fen­sive end Ja­son Pierre-Paul, whose 2½sack per­for­mance Sun­day was his best since in­jur­ing his right hand in a fire­works ac­ci­dent last year. “Coach McA­doo said get un­com­fort­able be­ing com­fort­able.”

In prepa­ra­tion for last week’ game, McA­doo had each player stand up, look at the per­son next to him and switch seats.

“That right there made guys re­al­ize, you know, this is not my reg­u­lar seat,” Pierre-Paul said. “I’m not try­ing to sit here. That made guys re­al­ize you have to be un­com­fort­able to get things done.”

The Giants have got­ten things done. They ral­lied from a 16-6 deficit on Sun­day be­hind two touch­down passes by Man­ning and a stout ef­fort by the de­fense in the sec­ond half.

“Hav­ing three home games is rare, and ob­vi­ously if you can win all three of them, that’s big,” Man­ning said. “We did what we had to do and took care of it. Now we’ve got two road games and we have to con­tinue to han­dle busi­ness.

“I’m just proud of the way the guys are find­ing ways to win. Ev­ery game has been a lit­tle dif­fer­ent; they’ve all been close, they’ve all come down to the last se­ries. Of­fense, de­fense, every­body’s step­ping up and do­ing their part to get wins.”

NOTES: McA­doo said Gs Brett Jones (calf) and Mar­shall Ne­w­house (knee) would be eval­u­ated later in the week. They were in­jured in the last two weeks fill­ing in for Justin Pugh (knee) at left guard. Pugh is start­ing to move around af­ter miss­ing the last two games . ... WR Roger Lewis Jr. is in the con­cus­sion pro­to­col af­ter be­ing hurt Sun­day. ... McA­doo said TE Larry Don­nell was in­ac­tive be­cause he wanted an ex­tra of­fen­sive line­man on Sun­day . ... The rookie coach doesn’t like rat­ing his play­ers. He was asked about S Lan­don Collins, who has five in­ter­cep­tions in the last four games. “I don’t get a chance to watch every­body in the league, so I don’t have an opin­ion on whether he’s play­ing at an All-Pro level. But I know he’s play­ing at a high level for us.”

BILL KOSTROUN — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Giants head coach Ben McA­doo jogs off the field af­ter team warmups be­fore New York’s vic­tory over Bears on Sun­day.

SETH WENIG — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Giants wide re­ceiver Ster­ling Shep­ard cel­e­brates with of­fen­sive tackle Ereck Flow­ers af­ter scor­ing a touch­down dur­ing a vic­tory over Bears at MetLife Sta­dium.

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