On Sunday, the New York Giants will host the Tennessee Titans in what may be their last stand in a battle for a miracle playoff spot. But if they’re able to come away victorious, they will live to fight at least one more week.
With wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. out for the second straight game, some air has been let out of the tires, but the Giants also know what they were able to do a week ago without their superstar.
Here are three reasons for nothing but optimism heading into Sunday.
The Giants started the season 1-7 and appeared to be heading towards another nightmarish end. Calls for Pat Shurmur’s head had already begun and at the time of the trading deadline, they were selling.
But then everything changed.
Coming out of the bye week, the Giants felt confident in their direction and each other, and promptly reeled off a couple wins. And despite a hiccup against the Philadelphia Eagles — a game they should have won — New York has gone 4-1 over their previous five games.
“Everybody’s just doing what they got to do, doing their job and things are just stacking and we’re making plays when we got to make plays,” defensive end Olivier Vernon said this week. “Everybody’s just sticking to the script and doing what they got to do, basically.”
Momentum is a big thing and the Giants have that in spades right now.