A 2-2 start for the Giants has snowballed into a nine-game losing streak, and frustration is no stranger inside the Giants locker room.
On Monday night, it looked like the Giants may break out of their funk, up 17-3 at halftime, led by Eli Manning's two first-half touchdowns.
But the team collapsed in the second half, surrender the lead before allowing the game-winning Zach Ertz touchdown in overtime to lose 23-17.
As has been the case on other occasions this season, the Giants turned away from Saquon Barkley in the second half. After picking up 39 carries on 10 yards in the first half, proving to be a great counter to Manning and the passing game, Barkley had just eight carries for 27 yards in the second half.
"Definitely frustrating, but that's the position I play," Barkley said afterwards. "Sometimes the game prevents you from, I guess, being involved. I was ready. The offensive line was ready for if we got the ball back. We already knew the mindset was going to be a lot of ground-and-pound, a lot of running the ball, but the Eagles offense made a lot of plays and went down and scored to finish the game."
The nine-game losing streak has certainly taken its toll on Barkley, who believes the team is much more talented than what they've shown during games.
"We lost nine in a row. Everyone's upset, everyone's frustrated. No one likes losing, especially how many times we've lost and the way that we're losing games," said the second-year running back "We're a way more talented team than what we are, but your record shows who you are. We're not playing up to our potential and to the talent that we have as a team. It sucks, it's annoying, but we've got to come to work and just figure it out and keep working."
What makes Monday's loss all the more difficult to swallow was how poor the Eagles played for most of the game. The defense was out of sync, allowing a 55-yard Darius Slayton touchdown thanks to blown coverage in the secondary. Meanwhile, Carson Wentz had just one healthy wide receiver by the end of the night, as Alshon Jeffery and JJ Arcega-Whiteside both left the game with injuries.
Still, the Giants found away to come up short, which is becoming all too normal for this version of Big Blue.
"I know what we're capable of doing it, we're just not doing it. We're not going out there, we're not winning games. We're up 17-3 on a team, they find a way to win the game," Barkley said.
"Every loss is inexcusable. … We're a team that finds a way to lose a lot of games, meaning, what I keep saying, inconsistent. We're an inconsistent football team."
Despite the team's current slump, though, Barkley still believes the Giants have the right players and the right culture in place to turn things around.
"I know it's a place we can win big. It's the Giants. We're one of the best organizations in the world," Barkley said. "When we come to work, you can see it not just by the players, but the people upstairs, the staff, the training staff, the kitchen staff, every staff up there. The way that we're built, the way that we are, the way that we operate, we have a winning culture inside we're just not doing it on Sundays. It makes no sense to me at all, actually.
"I do believe that's going to turn around, and when it does, it's going to be an amazing story. "