Odell Beckham Jr.’s goal for the second half of the season was laughed at, dismissed as an unrealistic dream. Two wins later, his hopes of winning out don’t seem quite as fantastical.
They’ve been upgraded to a long shot after the Giants outlasted the Buccaneers, 38-35, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon to improve to 3-7.
“The goal is to win every game,” Beckham said after catching team-highs of four passes and 74 yards along with a touchdown. “Six games left, it’s really only crazy until you do it.”
The schedule is manageable, with just two games left against teams over .500. Those happen to be at home against the Bears on Dec. 2 and a Dec. 9 clash with the Redskins in Washington. The Giants trail the Redskins by three games in the loss column and are two behind the Cowboys and the Eagles. Up next is a visit to Philadelphia to face the defending-champion Eagles.
“It’s the same mentality every week,” Beckham said. “If the [offensive] line is playing like that every single week, it’s going to be hard [to beat us].”
Beckham said he wasn’t sure if his belief inspired his teammates. But after two wins, he sees their confidence rising.
“I just know that we’re playing better and I just love to see these guys in here after the game with smiles on their faces,” Beckham said. “We just put it all together, so it’s always a lot more fun when you win.”
Safety Landon Collins said the Giants hope to make Beckham’s stated goal a prophecy. The more they win, the more possible it seems to them.
“We got in our mind that, man, we can make a run,” Collins said. “We’re trying to do that each and every game. We’re coming out very prepared, working on our techniques and making this possible.”