Giants seeking first victory Sunday, still envision playoffs

Winless through four weeks has not discouraged New York Giants.

The past two weeks Giants lost by game-winning field goals as time expired. Week three it was a 61-yard field goal in Philadelphia and in week four it was Nick Folk kicking a 34-yard game winner. Coming off a postseason appearance last year, the team with hopes to contend this season doesn’t see that ultimate goal far fetched.

“I tell each and everyone of my teammates ‘head up like a nose bleed’…we got 12 more games,” star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. told reporters Wednesday. “Adversity test your manhood so lets see what kind of man you are…and I know that we are going to keep pushing.”

The last two weeks Giants offense has improved compared to the opening two weeks, however, the offense has taken a while to get going as they have yet to score in the opening quarter. Twice this season Giants have been shutout in the first half.

During the offseason Giants signed wide receiver Brandon Marshall with hopes to serve as a strong no. 2 receiver behind Beckham Jr. Targeted 30 times this season Marshall has 16 catches for 139 yards through four weeks. With the team expecting more from him he’s not satisfied either, Marshall told reporters Tuesday.

“Looking at myself in the mirror I want to pick up my play and I’ll do that,” Marshall said. “But I’m not going to waste too much time thinking about the past. If I do that then the future is going to be really ugly.”

During losing seasons in the past Marshall has experienced being in a divided locker room like last season with the New York Jets or in 2014 with Chicago Bears. Despite an 0-4 start for a team with postseason expectations, the players are focused and staying positive with an opportunity in front of them to pick up their first win of the season against San Diego Chargers (0-4), Marshall said.

“We’ll take any win right now. We’re hungry, we’re working hard, we got a great attitude and we got to figure it out,” Marshall said.

The positive energy in the building maybe stemming from what their two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback told them.

“Play hard, its the only option,” Manning told reporters when relaying his message to the team. “We got a lot of games left, nothing more important than this next one.”

There isn’t just one thing getting this team in this funk, Beckham Jr. said. However, he did offer how the offense could help.

“Coming out and giving our defense energy by scoring…its a give and take, all three phrases got to go and function each other,” Beckham Jr. said.

Envisioning a successful season this will be the week where everything changes for the Giants, says Beckham Jr.

“I don’t see myself tanking, I don’t see myself giving in. Honestly, I feel like this was the breaking point for us,” Beckham Jr. said. “This is going to be the turnaround, when things start to go our way.”

Read how former New York Jet kicker Nick Folk becomes “Folk Hero” one week and the fire hydrate the next with a costly performance on Thursday Night Football.

By Gino Terrell

This article was originally published in MCXV.



Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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