Saquon Barkley wasn't in a positive mindset after the Giants suffered their eighth straight loss on Sunday against the Packers. However, his play was something to at least smirk about.
Barkley has repeated that it wasn't his high ankle sprain hindering his production on the field the past few weeks, and he may have confirmed that with his first 100+ yards from scrimmage game since Week 8 against the Lions.
His 83 yards rushing on 19 attempts was the most yardage since Week 2 against the Bills when he had 107 yards on 18 carries. Barkley also hauled in three receptions for 32 yards from Daniel Jones as well.
"Yeah, definitely getting back into a rhythm," Barkley told reporters after the game. "I think the offensive line did a great job of establishing the line of scrimmage."
Unfortunately, Barkley's performance couldn't be matched by the rest of the offense that only mustered 13 points against the Packers, including just three in the second half. The Packers' defense was looking for a bounce-back game after the 49ers torched them, and they got ti with stellar, consistent pressure on Jones as well as tight coverage in the secondary that totaled three interceptions.
Barkley wants to see this offense click, and though there may be no signs of that happening this season let alone next week, he continues to have faith in the steady grind he and his teammates are a part of.
"It's crazy, it's upsetting, it's frustrating, it sucks," Barkley said bluntly when asked about the losing streak. "I know I sound like a broken record, but I promise when this thing turns around, I'm going to sound like a genius. We have to continue to keep working. Even though our record is 2-10, you have to come into the building like you are 10-2. That can't change, your attitude can't change, your work ethic can't change."
Of course, it's hard to keep that kind of faith when your team is now vying for the No. 1 slot in the 2020 NFL Draft. But Barkley explained why many won't believe the work ethic hasn't stopped.
They don't see the bigger picture.
"You guys only get to come in for like 10 minutes right, which I agree with," Barkley said. "If you guys were able to stay the whole time, we practice like we are 10-2. It's our work ethic, if you were able to come in and watch us in the weight room and the attention to details in meetings, it's all there. Obviously, I have the better point of view to able to see that and say that. It's all there, but for some strange reason it's just not translating to the game right now."
Barkley's work, though, translated better than it has in weeks, which is extremely encouraging. A lot needs to change for the Giants, but getting normal production from their Pro Bowl back helps tremendously.
Nine games is the longest losing streak in Giants franchise history, and Barkley will be working hard not to tie it.
"Let's go figure it out from here, watch film, break down this game, put it in the past," Barkley said. "Move on from it but also learn from it and get ready for our next game so hopefully we don't tie that record."