Beckum sees "guys flat-out getting beat"
January, 11, 2012
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The defensive players aren't the only Giants who are confident about Sunday's game against Green Bay.
A couple of offensive players like tight end Travis Beckum and wide receiver Mario Manningham see plenty of opportunities to make plays against the Packers' last-ranked defense.
"I think the deep balls are there," said Beckum, who had a 67-yard touchdown catch against Green Bay last month. "Obviously they have a couple of standout players on defense but we got to capitalize on what they give us. You look at their numbers -- they're not very good at all."
"I don't know if it's necessarily double moves," Beckum added. "You just see guys flat-out getting beat. I don't know if it's miscommunication in the secondary or what, but there's been several times that you've seen guys just run past them."
The Packers are dead last in the NFL in total defense and passing. They surrender an average of 299.8 passing yards per game and 111.8 on the ground. But they finished second in the NFL this season with a plus-24 take-away/give-away ratio.
During their 38-35 loss to the Packers on Dec. 4, the Giants racked up 447 yards of total offense. Eli Manning threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns but did also have a pick-six as well.
Hakeem Nicks had seven receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns while Victor Cruz added seven receptions for 119 yards. Manningham did not play in that game due to injury.
"I feel like we have enough weapons to get it done," said Manningham, who had four catches for 68 yards and a touchdown against Atlanta last Sunday. "I ain't going to say we have more [than Green Bay]. I ain't going to say we have less. But I feel like we got the right people in the right places."
"I feel like we should have a good game," he added. "I see [on film when watching Green Bay] a lot of people getting open when they playing. But that's the type of scheme their defense is. I ain't going to say gamble, but they play different coverages and leave different spots open."
With Nicks and Cruz gaining so much attention this season, Manningham has been sort of the forgotten receiver.
"I feel that," he said. "I hope they still forgot about me. I like it like that. I like not being under the microscope. Just come out and make plays and make them remember."