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, their pass protection is a shambles, the passing game is inconsistent at best, and Eli Manning is in decline and not able to consistently play at the level he needs to in order to lift the offense above its deficiencies. But of all their problems, perhaps the biggest — and most surprising — is the offense’s inability to score when they are in the red zone. Despite being loaded for bear with explosive playmakers, the Giants struggle to score touchdowns when they get within 20 yards of the endzone. All the more frustrating, the team fielded one of the best red zone offenses in 2017, despite being without Odell Beckham Jr, Saquon Barkley, and Sterling Shepard battling injury all year. It’s a problem the Giants need to fix over their bye week, if they can just figure out how.“Definitely frustrating,” Saquon Barkley said, “we love our kicker to death, but we have to find a way to put six points on the board more times that we did in the game. That’s something, during this little stretch, that we haven’t been able to do. It’s something we have to start doing.”Pat ShurmurAs the architect of the offense, it will fall to Shurmur to figure out how to fix their red zone woes. “On offense, we’ve got to score more points,” he said in his opening remarks. “Until we unlock that http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-ray-ray-armstrong-jersey
, until we get down there and score touchdowns, then it’s going to be tough sledding, so that’s where it is. You can’t score 13 points in any game at any level and expect to win them. We’ve got to unlock that, we’ve got to get that better. Whatever it is, we’ve got to get that figured out. We’ve got to put the ball in the end zone more often.”Evan EngramEngram was the biggest reason for the Giants’ success in the red zone in 2017, but this season he has been a non-factor. Between changes in his usage, his injury, and then some bad drops, Engram hasn’t been able to follow up his impressive rookie campaign. That doesn’t mean he isn’t trying to help his team succeed.“Our mentality is to score every drive,” tight end Evan Engram said, “no matter if we’re backed up in their territory or in our territory. Our mentality is to drive down and score. We didn’t want to live with anymore field goals. We want to end stuff in the end zone. We just gotta keep working at that and just keep getting better at that. There’s no doubt in our minds. We know what we are capable of. We just gotta get it done.” Odell Beckham Jr. While Barkley has taken the NFL by storm and quickly established himself as one of the league’s premier playmaking running backs, Odell Beckham is still the Giants’ most dynamic playmaker, and has been their most prolific scorer since his rookie season. But even he is at a loss to put his finger on why the Giants can’t finish drives with touchdowns. Beckham said, “I don’t have an answer for that. It doesn’t make sense. I feel like we should be doing better and we’re not. This is where we’re at. When we get down in the red zone, we have to score.” “Just keep working,” he added, when asked what the team can do to fix the problem, “that’s all you can do. Score in the red zone http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-b.j.-goodson-jersey
, there is a lot of things we can do, we just have to go out and do it.” Beckham wouldn’t say that he is frustrated with the offense, but did say that he is ready and willing for the Giants to put more on his plate.“It’s definitely not where I want it [the offense] to be,” he said, “it’s definitely not what I envisioned this team being. ...If there is any frustration, that’s where the frustration comes in. All I want to do is come in and do whatever I can to help this team win. I know I have more in me, I’m ready to do that.” The Detroit Lions boosted their chances of slowing down Seattle's running game and contending in the NFC North with one major move.Lions general manager Bob Quinn acquired Damon "Snacks" Harrison from the New York Giants for a fifth-round pick, adding one of the NFL's top interior defensive linemen to help right away. He began practicing with his new team Thursday."It shows we want to win now," Detroit defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois said. "Bob is always up to something. He's not trying to win later, or to rebuild."The timing seems perfect for the Lions, who host the Seahawks on Sunday. Seattle has emerged as one of the NFL's best running teams, helping it win three of four after losing the first two games of the season. The Lions have been one of the league's worst against the run, and yet have overcome the weakness well enough to also win three of four after starting 0-2.Suddenly, Detroit's defense got better on the ground thanks to the 6-foot-5, 355-pound Harrison."Snacks has been a big-timer for a long time," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "Big presence. Really good in the running game and disruptive in the pass rush, too."So, it's a great get for them."Here are some other things to know about a matchup of 3-3 teams at Ford Field:SPREAD THE WEALTHCarroll has made clear Chris Carson will be the starting running back. That does not guarantee Carson will get the vast majority of the carries because Mike Davis and Rashaad Penny also merit playing time.Carson is averaging 4.5 yards per carry and has two 100-yard games. Davis also has a 100-yard game and is averaging 4.6 yards per carry http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-kerry-wynn-jersey
, and leads the team with three rushing touchdowns. Penny ran for nearly five yards per carry in limited action in Seattle's last game against Oakland and is getting six-plus rushing attempts per game.Even with quarterback Russell Wilson carrying the ball just a few times per game on average, Seattle ranks seventh in the league in rushing with 127.8 yards per game.Detroit, in the pre-Harrison average, gave up 139.3 yards rusher per game to rank No. 30 against the run.EFFICENT SCORINGDetroit tight end Michael Roberts is tied for the team lead with three touchdown receptions. That's quite a feat considering he has caught just four passes, on four targets, in the three games he has been healthy enough to play in his second season.The Lions drafted Roberts in the fourth round last year after he led the nation in touchdowns by tight ends, scoring 16 at Toledo."I wouldn't be here if I didn't control the red zone in college, and I'm doing what they brought me here to do," Roberts said.BYE BACKThe off week appeared to fall at a good time for the Seahawks. They are expected to have linebacker K.J. Wright and tight end Ed Dickson on the field for the first time this season. Wright has been out since having knee surgery following the third preseason game. Dickson missed all of training camp and the first six games with upper leg injuries that landed him on the non-football injury list.Seattle found capable replacements for Wright in Barkevious Mingo and Austin Calitro. Dickson's return should boost a position group that's seen attrition with Will Dissly's season-ending knee injury and Nick Vannett's lingering back problems.Seattle also should have rookie defensive lineman Rasheem Green back after missing three weeks due to a lingering ankle injury.WHAT A RUSHThe Lions are No. 11 in rushing offense, averaging 122.3 yards, a dramatic improvement from ranking last in 2017. Rookie Kerryon Johnson ran for a career-high 158 yards in last week's win at Miami, taking advantage of holes created by the improved offensive line."We have to build upon the good performances because nobody will care if we aren't consistent," offensive tackle Taylor Decker said. "Our improved running game has taken the wind out of the sails of pass rushers. We're making them play the run and the physical play can wear those pass rushers out eventually."MICHIGAN MANSeattle defensive end Frank Clark set career highs with 2 陆 sacks and two forced fumbles in the last game, a 27-3 win at Oakland. He earned NFC defensive player of the week honors for the performance that was made even more impressive because he missed much of the second half when he was sick.