When New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returned from the team’s bye week and prophesied winning out and finishing the season 9-7, many were quick to laugh at the notion. Two weeks and two wins later, some are beginning to think there was some substance to Beckham’s improbable prediction.
But wins against the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one thing, beating the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles on the road is another.
The Giants are 1-8 in their last nine games against the Eagles and have not won at Lincoln Financial Field since 2013.
Philadelphia has been a constant thorn in Big Blue’s side and if they wish to continue their sudden winning streak, Beckham & Co. will need to exercise their demons in a major way.
“I was really looking back on my career, I was trying to think of the last time we beat the Eagles, and I know that they’ve been giving it to us. So, it’s time for that to all turn around. Same thing I’ve been saying. We got to win all six games that we have left. That’s going to be the goal,” Beckham told reporters on Friday. “It wasn’t a joke when I said it. I really believed it, but it starts one day at a time, one practice at a time, one meeting at a time, all of that good stuff. When we get to Sunday, to come out and do what we have to do.”
Ultimately, Beckham says, the Eagles’ dominance can’t go on forever even if it’s become a mental things for both teams.
“I’m not a doctor, neurologist, or whatever, but I just know that it’s on our minds. It’s on my mind for sure. For the new guys who are just coming here, like Jamon , and people who haven’t gone down to Philly and played in the Giants vs. Philly. It’s a fun experience. The fans are very nice, very welcoming,” Beckham said sarcastically. “It’s going to be a battle. We’re both battling. They’re battling to get, in our division, first place, and we’re battling to win our last six games, and whatever happens after that is what happens. We just got to come out and we got to bring it to them the way that we’ve been doing the past couple weeks.
“It’s Philly and they’ve been beating us. I don’t like losing, period. It doesn’t matter who it is. The nature of it – Philly, Giants. It can’t go on forever.”
The law of odds lends credence to how Beckham feels, but does that mean this streak comes to an end now?
“It’s time. Time’s now,” Beckham said. “We got six more games, two down, six left so that’s what we’re focusing on.”
If the Giants are unable to finally get one over on the Eagles, their season will unofficially come to an end. But if they can finally pull one out, the mental boost could be enough to propel Beckham and the Giants to fulfill his prophecy and shock the football world.