The Giants won their second game of the season against the 49ers this past week, and their star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. thinks his team’s playoffs hopes are still alive.
“I don’t know what would make me not believe it,” Beckham told Newsday earlier today. “That’s just the goal. Same thing I say before the season, the goal is to win the Super Bowl. It’s always going to be to win the Super Bowl. If you’re just here to have fun or whatever else, I don’t think you should be here.”
If the Giants were able to miraculously win their remaining games this season, they would be 9-7. The 6-3 Redskins lead the NFC east, and the Eagles and Cowboys both sit at 4-5. It’s actually not crazy to think a 9-7 record could earn a playoff berth in their division. New York has just been far too inconsistent to make them achieving such a feat seem possible.
In the next seven weeks, the Giants will face off against three teams with winning records. The first team on their docket will be the 3-6 Buccaneers. Their quarterback struggles make them an optimal opponent to pick up steam against. After that, they’ll have a divisional matchup with the Eagles. Then things get really tough.
After the Giants take their trip to Philly, they’ll have to beat the Bears, Redskins and Titans back-to-back to-back. All three of these teams have stifling defenses that will make things hard for the struggling Eli Manning, but the Giants will try to remain optimistic.
“It’s only crazy until you do it,” Beckham said. “It’s just the way it is. One down, we got seven left.”
The young star’s tune may change if they aren’t victorious against the Bucs this Sunday, but they have plenty of time to prepare for what could be a historic run.