Odell Beckham Jr. will not be with the team until next week due to his one-game suspension, which was upheld by the league on Wednesday. Which leads everyone to ask: Who will take his place?
The answer is nobody can replace Beckham. He has been targeted 152 times this season, almost twice as many as the Giants' next receiver, Rueben Randle (78).
But the Giants do have some options. Head coach Tom Coughlin was asked on Thursday what those options might be. Who will the Giants rely on to make the big plays this week?
"Rueben (Randle) comes to mind, but Harris has made plays for us in the past," said Coughlin. "Hakeem has made great catches for us in the past. Obviously, the opportunity is going to be there for everybody to contribute. Will Tye has made some nice plays for us. Coming out of the backfield, Shane (Vereen) has done a nice job."
They also can run the ball a little more. Last week, they ran the ball 27 times for 161 yards, only the third game this season in which they exceeded 100 yards, and their highest total since they ran for 193 yards vs. Houston on Sept. 21, 2014.
Minnesota's run defense is allowing 112 yards per game, so the Giants might try to stick with the run longer and take the air out of the ball for a change. The Giants have gained nearly 75 percent of their yards this season through the air, so they have a good excuse now to let their running game try to carry them for once.
Coughlin was asked if the offense has become too reliant on Beckham and if they even have the ability or mindset to play a game without him at this point.
"Our team has got to step up," he said. "I think it's about our team to be able to now come together and play, hopefully, our best game. Certainly many, many people are going to have to be called upon."
That is apparent. The other part of the equation is if QB Eli Manning can elevate the players around him and get the best out of them this Sunday.
"I think he's done well with that," Coughlin said. "I think you can see by the young tight ends, for example, the way that they've been able to make plays. Certainly Eli has taken the lead in helping that as well. I think he's done a really good job of that."
The Giants may be playing for nothing on Sunday night if the Washington Redskins defeat the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday. Coughlin was asked if he will encourage his team to watch the game.
"No, I haven't thought about that," he said. "I don't know that 'encourage' would be the word. I probably wouldn't mention much about it, I don't expect to. I know that they will watch it. To be honest with you, we've got to go play a football game and play well. And do it for our own personal pride and the pride of the New York Giants. We're going to try to do our part."