EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There are four home games remaining for the Giants -- including three in December -- and not many reasons for Giants fans to show up. But Ben McAdoo issued a plea to come on out to MetLife Stadium on Sunday anyway.
And he promised that anyone who pays to watch the 1-8 Giants take on the 6-3 Chiefs won't be disappointed that they did.
"We want your support," the embattled coach said on Friday, when asked what he'd say to fans who weren't sure they wanted to attend. "Come out, watch a great show. We plan on playing great football on Sunday and getting a win."
OK, sure, but their plans for wins have gone sadly awry for most of this miserable season. The Giants know they are facing the ugly prospect of playing in a mostly empty stadium the rest of the way. They also know that they'll probably see far too many fans cheering for their opponents.
And if recent history is any indication, the Giants fans who do show up will be in a very foul mood.
But McAdoo doesn't seem to remember the boos from the last few home games, including during the hideous, 51-17 humiliation at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams. The boos from those fans, and the sight of most of them leaving in the third quarter had to be painful for McAdoo's bosses.
But McAdoo didn't seem bothered at all.
"The fans have been nothing but great," he said. "Our players want support. We need to give the fans something to cheer about."
Yes they do, but it may be too late for that. The Giants are double-digit home underdogs to the Chiefs on Sunday -- the first time that's happened since the final game of the 2007 season, when they played the undefeated New England Patriots -- and by now most fans have given up hope. Worse, they've given up interest. There are thousands of tickets available online for this game, including some via StubHub for as little as $36, about 2,000 available for less than $50, and countless available -- including some in the lower bowl -- for less than $100.
They don't seem to be going fast, either. And considering the weather should be decent on Sunday -- partly cloudy skies, temperatures in the 50s, but with strong winds -- it's clearly the football that's keeping people away. And that doesn't bode well for the December games when the weather really starts to turn.
By then, the mood of the fans may have taken another turn for the worse, too.