EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham, Jr. has dominated the news cycle lately. Some of that has been justified. Some of it has been over the top and out of control.
But all of it has masked something very important about the 2-2 Giants as they prepare for their game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night:
They've got issues. Big issues.
And they are desperate for a win.
"I think we're a hungry team. We're not a desperate team," Giants coach Ben McAdoo corrected. "This is one of 16, but a big one."
Yes it is, because the Giants have lost two in a row and the way they lost those two has been unseemly. Beckham, as has been noted (and noted, and noted) has been far from the impact player he's always been and partially as a result the Giants' passing offense has been out of sync. The pass rush, which the Giants spent a lot of money on to fix, has been mostly non-existent. And after two relatively clean games, the Giants are suddenly penalty plagued.
Fixing all their issues while nursing injuries in some key positions 0- like at cornerback (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple), safety (Nat Berhe, Darian Thompson), running back (Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen) and tight end (Larry Donnell) -- won't be easy. Doing it at Lambeau Field in Green Bay against the always dangerous Packers will be very, very hard.
How can the Giants do it? In the video above, I give you my three keys to a Giants win.