The Giants were available for one last media session before heading out on their bye week. They will not be back at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center until next Monday.
QB Eli Manning has been going through an odd season, one in which he's thrown for a lot of yards but not many touchdowns. The offense, which features a slew of explosive players, is scoring just 19 points per game. He was asked what he felt needs to be fixed to unlock the struggling offense.
"That's tough to tell you," Manning said. "The one thing is obviously offensively we need to score more points. That's the number one thing we need to improve on from the offense. We need more points. We aren't scoring enough. Too many turnovers also. Did a little bit better job of that last week. Protecting the ball. Those are two things we need to improve. We're finding ways to win. Every game we've played has been a close one. It comes down to the last couple drives or the last drive of the game. We've won four of them. That's a good sign."
Manning did not seem to care much about the timing of the bye, saying it's never a good time or a bad time for it. But he will use the time to recharge his batteries. Others will do the same.
"It's kind of early," CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said of the bye. "After this you have what, nine games left. I think it's a good time. It comes at a time when we need it. Right now, we're going to come off this bye and have a three game home stretch. You have some teams that are in the division coming up. It's at the right time. Just reflect on the mistakes that you made and try and get them corrected over the bye. Come back and hit the ground running."
"No such thing as not a good time," CB Janoris Jenkins said when asked if the bye would stall the Giants' momentum. "Just have to keep it flowing when we come back from the bye. Like I said, get the wrinkles and the ins and outs. The coverage and the defense out of the way. Just look for corrections."
Head coach Ben McAdoo said he will be seeking ways to get the offense going during the time off. WR Victor Cruz will also have that on his mind.
"That's exactly what we do," Cruz. said "Obviously as a coaching staff, they're looking at it and as players, you're at home watching some film and just seeing the places you can pick up and the places you can get better. There's always room for improvement so you just want to continue to look at the offense, look at what you did individually, look at things you can change and take it from there."
LB Jonathan Casillas believes the bye has come just at the right time for the Giants, who come back to play the Eagles after the break.
"I think it is perfect, Casillas said. "Looking at the team and where we are at right now, with our injuries and who we have available to come back, I think it is perfect. You have to add training camp and those preseason games as well and it is almost in the middle when you add those in there, and we are looking to go past 16, 17 weeks and this is a good time to recharge everything, get away from ball and then come back and get ready to go for a divisional game."
The Giants return to action on Sunday, Nov. 6 when they host Philadelphia in the first of three consecutive home games. The Bengals and Bears come in after that and then the Giants travel to Cleveland.
The final four games are at Pittsburgh, home against Dallas and Detriot and then on to Philly for the season finale.