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Even though the Giants are coming off their most successful regular season since 2008 and their first playoff berth since 2011, their season-ending, 38-13 loss in Green Bay in the wild-card round left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. It also left the Giants heading into the offseason with plenty of difficult questions.

You asked them, so I'll answer as many as I can in two installments of the first offseason edition of my SNY Giants Twitter mailbag. Here is Part II:

Is it time for the Giants to draft their next franchise quarterback? -- @kennyg825

In a word, no. I actually wrote about this here last week, and my opinion remains unchanged. I believe the Giants should keep their eyes open for an opportunity to find their next franchise quarterback, but they shouldn't move on it this early unless the opportunity is too good to pass up. Yes, if the next Aaron Rodgers fell to them at 23 they should pounce. But as of right now, I don't see the next Aaron Rodgers in this draft. Some scouts aren't sure there's a franchise quarterback at all.

Could the Giants see someone they think will be a franchise quarterback someday? It's possible. But Eli Manning is 36 years old, which even GM Jerry Reese said isn't "ancient" for a quarterback. He's got three more years left on his contract and, barring a surprise injury, is likely to play them out. He's also not exactly a quarterback in obvious decline. No, this wasn't his best season, but let's be real: It's not like his ability and numbers fell off a cliff. If this is the beginning of a decline, it's starting pretty slowly.

So I don't know why the Giants would want their next franchise quarterback sitting on their bench for two or three years. It worked eventually with Rodgers in Green Bay, but remember it was really messy for a while. Rodgers didn't want to sit. Brett Favre never actually warmed to the idea. Fans were divided and a controversy was created every time Favre struggled. Eventually, a legend was essentially forced to "retire."

I believe the Giants should wait until they know Manning is at the end, whether it's the end of his contract, or when it's crystal clear on the field that he just can't do it anymore. Who knows what opportunities there will be two, three years down the line when they're looking for a quarterback? Maybe they'll find themselves at the top of the draft again. Maybe someone will be available in trade. Maybe by then they'll have identified a Dak Prescott in the later rounds.

So wait for it. There's no reason to rush now and start the slow push of Manning out the door.

Will McAdoo stop calling offensive plays? -- @robcube

I doubt it. I think he'll consider it during the offseason. I think there might be one or two people in the front office who might even suggest it to him. I think they are going to take a long, hard look at why this offense plummeted from being in the Top 10 to 25th overall, 26th in scoring, and why it couldn't score 30 points in a game all season long or even 20 in a game over the last month.

In the end, though, I think he believes that since it's his offense, he's the best one to call the plays. I also think the Giants will defer to him on that because he called the plays in 2014 and 2015 when they were a Top 10 offense. It's not like he suddenly forgot how to do that. They have to figure out the reason those play calls didn't work.

Is it because he was somehow distracted by his other coaching duties? That since he had to oversee everything and worry about the flow of the game, the clock, etc., that he lost his feel for the offense? I guess that can't be ruled out. But there's not really a lot of evidence to support that. For one thing, he's not on an island. He does have an offensive coordinator (Mike Sullivan) who has input.

For another, they review things every week. A big complaint from fans was that the Giants used the same sets -- three-receiver formations -- most of the time. That wasn't because McAdoo was distracted or overwhelmed or somehow lost track. That's something they'd see on the film every week and discuss it for six days leading up to each game.



So ask yourself why that happened? It's because of personnel. It's because he had no good tight ends, no fullback. It's because that was, by far, the Giants' most effective personnel group. And look deeper at why McAdoo's plays didn't work. Were they bad calls? You can't say they were bad just because they didn't work. You have to ask why they didn't work.

And for that, look at all the drops. Look at the terrible blocking that killed running plays before the running backs hit the line of scrimmage, or the amount of times Manning was forced to rush his throws. It's not fair to be myopic about this.

In the playoff game in Green Bay alone, McAdoo's play calls should have resulted in touchdowns on the first two drives. But Odell Beckham, Jr. dropped an easy third-down pass on one drive, then Beckham and Sterling Shepard dropped passes in the end zone on the next one.

That wasn't a problem with the play-calling.

That's not to say McAdoo's play-calling was perfect. I would've preferred to see him get more creative with Beckham, who had a lot of catches and yards, but as far as impact had a quiet season. Defenses ganged up on him and maybe they could've done a better job of finding ways to get him open. Of course, it would've helped if Victor Cruz and the tight ends could've gotten open consistently too.

I believe that's the same conclusion McAdoo and the Giants will reach this offseason. That with better personnel on offense and better play overall, McAdoo's calls would've been just fine.

Any idea if the Giants plan to truly address TE or LB? Been reluctant to use high picks on those positions & it shows -- @EddyLongview

I'm not sure if "reluctant" is fair. Remember, last year, linebacker Leonard Floyd was atop their draft wishlist before the Bears jumped over them to grab him. There have been other linebackers they've considered in the past. Same with tight ends, though they've definitely been more reluctant to take those high for a variety of reasons.

Plus, they've tried to address linebacker. They have a couple of promising young players they like in Devon Kennard and B.J. Goodson. They brought in some underrated veterans like Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, and Kelvin Sheppard. They don't want to overspend on that spot because they are very often in nickel or dime defenses, so they're only using one or two linebackers at a time. That's a reality of today's pass-happy NFL. They'll prioritize a linebacker if he's a pass-rusher, and there aren't a ton of those readily available.

Their reasons for not fully addressing the tight end spot are different. They had a philosophy for a long time that they could develop a good tight end. They got great production out of Kevin Boss, who was a fifth-round pick. They developed Jake Ballard, an undrafted free agent. They got production out of Martellus Bennett, who at the time was a free agent that nobody wanted because he had done nothing with the Cowboys. They even turned Larry Donnell, another undrafted free agent, into a guy who caught 63 passes in 2014 and was on his way to 60-ish in 2015 before he got hurt.

Obviously Donnell regressed and Will Tye has issues with blocking and receiving so that plan has hurt them for the last season and a half. But that's still the reason they haven't spent a high pick on the position -- the feeling that they can develop tight ends.

Anyway, to answer your question about whether they plan to "truly address" the positions, I get the sense they like the linebackers they have, but they are very open to improving at tight end during the offseason. It's hard to say right now if there is a player they'd consider with the 23rd pick in the first round of the draft. There are a few interesting free agents set to hit the market -- Jordan Cameron, Jermaine Gresham, Jared Cook, and Bennett.

It's too early to say for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if they dip into that free agent pool.


Can JPP and Hankins both be brought back? What will happen with Ereck Flowers? Head here to read Part I of Vacc's mailbag!


Tags: Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano

Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) reacts after the offense was unable to convert a third down in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) reacts after the offense was unable to convert a third down in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

The player responsible for Odell Beckham Jr.'s bruised quad is now facing repercussions. 

Eagles LB Kamu Grugier-Hill was fined $20,054 for his leg-whip hit on Beckham in Week 12, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. 

On the final play of the game, Beckham had the ball lateraled to him but was taken down by Grugier-Hill swinging his leg into Beckham's quad from the ground. 

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) leaves the field after a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) leaves the field after a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Odell Beckham Jr. has a lot to say.

The Giants' star wide receiver took time to get the words off his chest in a Facebook video on Friday night, expanding on the injury that's shelving him for at least two weeks.

Beckham said he initially injured his left quad during the Giants' Week 12 game against the Eagles when he was tripped on the final play, but still played the following week against the Bears.

"And there kinda was just like this little hematoma, or bruise, whatever you want to call it. And it was just there," Beckham said. "I worked on it. I got it dry needled. I got the same kind of treatments I had done."

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(Geoff Burke)

NFL fans have spoken, and Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley is a clear favorite. 

With the NFL Pro Bowl fan voting finished, Barkley was the top running back in the league with 987,562 votes. He also finished third overall in fan voting with Saints QB Drew Brees (1,270,631) and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (1,197,370) ahead of him. 

Barkley is a Offensive Rookie of the Year favorite as he has tallied 1,124 rushing yards on 209 carries, 629 receiving yards on 78 receptions, and 13 total touchdowns over 13 games. 

Tags: Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) dances before a game against New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) dances before a game against New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

For the second consecutive week, the Giants will be without Odell Beckham Jr. 

The wide receiver was officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans due to a bruised quad that kept him out of practice this week. 

Beckham underwent further testing on his quad on Thursday to see if it was anything other than a bruise, but Beckham told reporters however you want to categorize it, "s--t ain't right."

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Dec 9, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is tackled by Washington Redskins safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (20) during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Dec 9, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is tackled by Washington Redskins safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (20) during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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THE GAME 

The Tennessee Titans (7-6) at the Giants (5-8) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. ET.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Houston Texans, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

Apparently a Modell's getup gives Sterling Shepard a certain Saquon Barkley look.

The Giants receiver went undercover as a Modell's salesman in a video posted by The Checkdown. Shepard had some shoppers fooled, but not in the way he might have expected. 

A male customer approached Shepard thinking he was the Giants rookie running back -- and things got a bit awkward.

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OBJ thinks Giants make playoffs 00:01:09
New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. discusses his leg injury and reinforces why he believes they'll go 8-8 and make the playoffs

On Thursday, Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. was off the practice field, and instead, in a doctor's office as he checked out his quad injury once again. 

Beckham's injury is being called a bruise, but after having to miss last Sunday's win over the Redskins, it appears to be more than that. And when reporters asked Thursday what exactly is ailing Beckham, the star receiver answered as straightforward as he could be.

"I don't know. It's like saying I broke my leg, well you really fractured it," Beckham said. "You know, it's just choice of words, whatever you want to call it. S--t ain't right."

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Even a miracle needs a hand … or eight hands.

That's what the Giants' playoff hopes have been reduced to in the wake of their 1-7 start to the season. It's actually remarkable that they're even still in the NFC wild-card chase at 5-8, just 1 ½ games out of the final spot with three games to go. It's not even impossible for them to get in at 7-9, which is how crazy -- or perhaps awful -- this race is.

Still, the Giants probably need to win their final three games, beginning on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. And they almost certainly need help from perhaps as many as seven other NFC teams. And they might need it fast from some of them, because if the Giants lose to the Titans they will be eliminated this weekend if either the Vikings, Redskins, Eagles or Panthers win...

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Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs to the locker room during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs to the locker room during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. will not be practicing on Thursday and is being sent for further evaluation on his quad injury, head coach Pat Shurmur said.

Shurmur added that Beckham being sent for tests doesn't mean he had a setback, and word from the Giants -- according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano -- is that they're simply trying to be cautious to make sure the injury is nothing more than a bruise. 

The star receiver said he "won't know until Sunday gets here" as to whether or not he'll be able to play against the Titans. He did, however, add "I'm feeling better every day."...

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Just keep winning 00:01:02
The Giants playoffs hopes are still alive, but the team is focused on one game at a time and winning against the Titans.

The Giants have no choice but to win, win and win again. And even if Big Blue finish their season going 3-0, New York's playoff contention is still uncertain. In fact, it's virtually impossible.

Even so, the Giants must march forward and remain competitive. Quarterback Eli Manning, no stranger to playing with his back against the wall, prefers to take one day at a time. 

"I think it's important to keep the blinders on," Manning said. "Whether you're doing well, you're doing bad, just keep the focus on our preparation of playing for each other."

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(Geoff Burke)

Looking at the stat sheet after the Giants 40-16 rout of the Redskins Sunday, it would have been easy for anyone to give the game ball to rookie RB Saquon Barkley. He finished the game with 170 yards rushing with a touchdown on 14 carries to go along with four receptions for 27 yards.

But head coach Pat Shurmur handed the ball game, instead, to WR Sterling Shepard.

Shepard's stat sheet didn't jump off the page one bit with two catches for 17 yards and a touchdown. But it was what he did off the ball that had the entire locker room in agreement he deserved the game ball, and Barkley explained the one play that stood out the most. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches the ball during warm-ups before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches the ball during warm-ups before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)

WR Odell Beckham Jr. was a limited participate at Giants practice on Tuesday after missing Sunday's win over the Redskins with a quad injury.

Beckham has been dealing with a bruised quad since the Giants' game against the Eagles on Nov. 25. However, he had not been limited in any capacity before last Friday. It is unclear if Beckham will return Sunday against the Titans at MetLife Stadium.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur had been adamant that Beckham would play in Washington, but sources told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano that the quad stiffened up on the receiver Saturday, prompting the Giants to rule him out.

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Dec 1, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. (7) waits to do an interview after defeating the Northwestern Wildcats in the Big Ten conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Dec 1, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. (7) waits to do an interview after defeating the Northwestern Wildcats in the Big Ten conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Ohio State QB and Heisman Trophy finalist Dwayne Haskins hasn't decided whether or not he wants to enter the NFL Draft in 2019 yet. But, if he did, he would want the Giants to call his name. 

It is no secret the Giants need a quarterback to succeed Eli Manning, and they could very well be looking for one in next year's draft. 

"It would be pretty nice," Haskins, a Highland Park, N.J. native, told The Post's Zach Braziller .

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New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants S Landon Collins underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, sources told ESPN.

The 24-year-old Collins, who was placed on season-ending IR last week, is expected to make a full recovery in 4-to-6 months.

While his return to the gridiron in 2019 is probable, it may not come with the Giants.

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Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Pat Shurmur was never going to waver from Eli Manning. 

Despite the Giants head coach at times looking perplexed at his starting quarterback during the team's 1-7 start, Shurmur said he never doubted the 37-year-old. 

"I never did," he told WFAN's Mike Francesa on Tuesday. "I never did."

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Former Giants RB Tiki Barber's professional career has revolved around football, whether it was on the gridiron itself or up in the booth. But now he is taking his talents to Broadway.

Barber will join the cast of the Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots, where he will play Don in the Broadway show. He announced the move via Instagram where he went all out with the sparkling red boots...

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Eli Manning during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Eli Manning during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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The revisionist history from the Giants is that they were never in a win-now mode, even though almost every move they made in the offseason seemed to indicate they were. Regardless, it obviously didn't work. They badly overestimated the talent on their roster.

The Giants simply weren't capable of winning now.

But maybe now they are.

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Giants stay on track with win 00:01:18
The Giants are focused on one thing, securing another win. They did just that by beating the Redskins in a signature win on Sunday.

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The Giants' hopes for winning the NFC East died in Dallas on Sunday evening. It was a longshot hope anyway after their 1-7 start to the season. But they were eliminated when the Cowboys beat the Eagles in overtime, 29-23.

Over the last few weeks, though, a funny thing has happened: The NFC wild-card chase has opened up. The Giants still have a shot at that. In fact, after the Seattle Seahawks beat the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, the Giants are just 1 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot with three games to go.

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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur looks on against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur looks on against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants were eliminated from the NFC East on Sunday despite blowing out the Washington Redskins.

The Cowboys' 29-23 overtime win over the Eagles put the Giants three games back with three games to go, and the Giants would not be able to hold the tiebreaker over Dallas even if they won their Week 17 matchup.

At 5-8, the Giants would need a miracle to clinch a wild-card berth. The Seahawks (7-5) and Vikings (6-5-1) currently hold the last two playoff spots in the NFC.

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants running back Saquon Barkley recorded 197 total yards from scrimmage for the second time this season in Sunday's 40-16 win over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field, yet he put others in the spotlight after the game.

"I think I've done a good job of surrounding myself with the team outside of the facility," Barkley said, according to ESPN. "Obviously, inside the facility, the trainers and the doctors do a great job, but also taking care of my body outside. You go for 170, it's not by yourself. It starts with the team. The coaches made unbelievable calls and the offensive line dominated up front."

Barkley, who became the first Giants rookie to top 1,000 rushing yards, reeled off a 78-yard touchdown run and a 52-yard gain in the second quarter, recording a career-high 170 rushing yards and getting into triple digits for the fourth straight game. 

Tags: Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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Giants beat Redskins 40-16 00:01:45
The Giants beat the Redskins 40-16 in a signature win for the team that?s starting to build momentum and bring their record to 5-8

Oh, if only this Giants run had started just a little bit sooner.

That's going to be the lingering sadness about this season, now that the Giants have won for the fourth time in their last five games. They're now 5-8 after their 40-16 pounding of the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. on Sunday. They're starting to look like the team they thought they'd be.

If only they hadn't started 1-7. If only they had held on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks ago...

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley leaps for a first down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley leaps for a first down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants' 40-16 win over the Redskins on Sunday improved the team to 5-8, two more wins than last season, but it also keeps their very, very slim playoff hopes alive. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur said on Monday that his goal is to get his team to 8-8 and smirked when mentioned that the Giants are not officially out of the playoff hunt. 

"We're not," Shurmur said. "That may be tough for some of you to grasp."

After rookie running back Saquon Barkley's impressive performance of 170 rushing yards and 27 receiving yards in Sunday's win, the Giants' playoff hopes came to light once again.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) warms up before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) warms up before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The first series of Kyle Lauletta's Giants careeer went like this:

  1. Handoff
  2. Throw on the run that was incomplete
  3. Interception

The 23-year-old Lauletta, who is spending his second week as the backup, entered for Eli Manning late in the Giants' Week 14 matchup with the Redskins with Big Blue up, 40-0...

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown with teammates during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown with teammates during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME 

The Giants (4-8) at the Washington Redskins (6-6) at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. ET.

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May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Sean Chandler intercepts a pass in front of tight end Ryan O'Malley (48) during practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Sean Chandler intercepts a pass in front of tight end Ryan O'Malley (48) during practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Not only will Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. not be on the field in Washington this Sunday, but star S Landon Collins won't be able to help the defense after suffering a torn labrum during the team's Week 13 win over the Bears. 

In turn, players will need to step up in place of these two key cogs on the Giants. For the defense, veteran Michael Thomas will see some more work next to Curtis Riley to replace Collins. But a Giants rookie in S Sean Chandler will also ramp up his work load as well.

Chandler, an undrafted rookie out of Temple, has already seen more snaps on the defensive end in recent weeks. But that responsibility will only increase with Collins out for the rest of the season...

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Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) with a long 4th quarter 1st down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) with a long 4th quarter 1st down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

A key cog for the Giants is expected to return when New York faces off against the Redskins on Sunday. 

All signs point to tight end Evan Engram playing his first game in weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury in late November. The injury forced Engram to miss two straight games for the Giants. Engram battled his way throughout the 2018 campaign, missing five games in his sophomore year. He suffered an MCL sprain during the Giants' Week 3 matchup against the Texans that kept him out three straight games.

Now, the 24-year-old says it's important to end his tough year on a high note -- not just for himself, but for the team.

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Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs to the locker room during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs to the locker room during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

Odell Beckham Jr.'s quad injury appears to be more serious than originally thought. 

The Giants wide receiver was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Redskins on Saturday and did not travel with the team.

Beckham was listed as a limited participant in Friday's practice but head coach Pat Shurmur said he expected the wide receiver to play.

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Nov 23, 2018; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Will Grier (7) celebrates during the second quarter against the Oklahoma Sooners at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)
Nov 23, 2018; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Will Grier (7) celebrates during the second quarter against the Oklahoma Sooners at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)

Will Grier is ready to move onto the next step of his career. 

The West Virginia quarterback announced on Saturday that he will not play in his team's bowl game against Syracuse on Dec. 28 and instead take the time to prepare for the NFL Draft. 

"Will and I spoke at length about the bowl game, and I am fully supportive of his decision to begin preparing for the NFL Draft," Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen said

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) reacts late during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) reacts late during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants had an interesting addition to their injury report on Friday. 

Odell Beckham Jr. was listed as a limited participant in Friday's practice due to a bruised quad as they head into the weekend with a matchup against the Redskins. 

Beckham sustained the injury two weeks ago against the Eagles but has not been limited in any capacity before Friday

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To win or to lose for the Giants 00:01:07
Ralph Vacchiano debates whether the Giants should try and win out or should they worry about their draft position?

About five weeks ago it appeared as if the tank was on for the Giants as they went into their bye week at 1-7. 

Yet they are 3-1 since then and have a chance at finishing the season at a respectable 8-8. 

The Giants are playing much better football of late and have certainly shown some progress from last year's debacle of a season that resulted in a 3-13 record and the mid-season firings of head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches the ball during warm-ups before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches the ball during warm-ups before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. signed a five-year, $95 million extension in the offseason to make him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.

And he knows how he's spending some of it.

Beckham said in his weekly doc-series "I am more: OBJ" that in the offseason, he spends more than $300,000 investing in his body.

"I take care of my body each and every day. I put, probably, over $300,000 in my body in the offseason," Beckham said. "The goal is to get better over time, and I feel I'm only going to get better as I get older."

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Giants are ready for Redskins 00:01:02
Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley are excited to face the Redskins. Big Blue's defense has big shoes to fill without Landon Collins.

Three victories in the last four games for the New York Giants has players and fans alike thinking about the possibility of winning out to end the season. But, for now, the focus is on taking things one game at a time, according to star WR Odell Beckham Jr.

"The goal is to win all these games and see what happens," Beckham Jr. said Thursday to reporters. "You have a tough game to play against us for the last four games.

"At this point, we can only focus on Washington. There is no 'what if'. We're going out there to win, and if our season is over, I'm making sure somebody else is coming home with us."

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) warms up before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) warms up before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants rookie backup QB Kyle Lauletta saw his court date for his arrest in October postponed yet again.

Lauletta was supposed to appear in court on Thursday, but it was adjourned and rescheduled to Dec. 11 at Hudson County Superior Court, per NorthJersey.com's Art Stapleton

The 23-year-old was arrested back on Oct. 30 after allegedly almost striking a cop with his vehicle while making an illegal turn in Weehawken, NJ on his way to practice. He was charged with reckless driving, disregarding an officer's directions, improper turn in marked traffic lane and failure to remain in a marked lane. 

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New York Giants general Manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general Manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- One year ago this week, the Giants did something they once thought was unthinkable. They cleaned out, firing their coach and general manager in the middle of the season.

The decision was born of desperation. The franchise had no direction. The players were lost. And the whole operation had become the butt of jokes across the NFL nation. The Giants were 2-10 at the time.

One year and two days later, they are 4-8, which is hardly much of an improvement. But to the players, executives and team personnel who endured last season's mess, the improvement has been dramatic.

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New York Giants running back Jonathan Stewart during warm up at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Jonathan Stewart during warm up at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants did not activate running back Jonathan Stewart off injured reserve on Thursday, the final day he had before his season would officially be over.

Stewart, who suffered a foot injury in late September, practiced on Nov. 15, which permitted him three weeks before his designation to return/return to practice was up. He is almost certain to be cut in the offseason

The 31-year-old Stewart, who totaled six carries for 17 yards in three regular-season games this season, wasn't at Thursday's practice.

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New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

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Landon Collins should be back on a football field by this spring after he undergoes surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder sometime next week. At the very least, everyone seems certain that he'll be ready to go by training camp.

What's uncertain, though, is what team he'll be on when camp begins.

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Landon Collins out for season 00:01:23
Landon Collins underwent surgery Wednesday, ending his season, will it be the end of his time in NY? It"s a big loss for NY.

Giants S Landon Collins is heading to the IR and will need season-ending surgery after suffering a partially-torn labrum during Sunday's win over the Bears, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Head coach Pat Shurmur said Collins "most likely will require" surgery, but the Pro Bowler was meeting with team officials to determine the final decision on Tuesday. Recovery following the surgery is expected to be 4-6 months.

The 24-year-old received X-rays on his left shoulder that came back negative, but further testing showed there was clearly an injury.

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New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins reacts after recovering a fumble against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins reacts after recovering a fumble against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

Landon Collins' 2018 season came to an end Wednesday as the Giants safety prepares to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

The 24-year-old Collins suffered the injury during Sunday's win over the Bears, and is expected to be recovering for the next 4-to-6 months. The two-time Pro Bowler will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, unless the Giants use the franchise tag on him or sign him to a long-term deal.

Collins' future with the Giants is now far from certain, but several of his teammates indicated that his absence will be a detriment to the team. Simply put, they want him in New York.

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Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez passes in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez passes in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants will likely face Mark Sanchez -- yes, that Mark Sanchez -- when they take on the Washington Redskins next week.

The former Jets quarterback replaced Colt McCoy in Washington's 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night after McCoy suffered a season-ending broken fibula in the first half.

Sanchez, who hadn't appeared in a game since 2016, was 13 for 21 with 100 yards and one interception in McCoy's absence. The only touchdown drive he led was on his first play, when he handed the ball off to Adrian Peterson for a 90-yard touchdown rush.

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Will Lauletta play this season? 00:01:50
Shurmur declares Eli the starter. Shurmur won't guarantee playing time, but did not rule it out, for Kyle Lauletta this season.

Kyle Lauletta got to dress for the first time this season on Sunday, but the Giants backup quarterback won't be making any more leaps on the depth chart just yet. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur reaffirmed Eli Manning is still the Giants starting quarterback for this weekend against the Redskins while there is a "good chance" Lauletta remains as the backup. 

Manning had perhaps his weakest performance of the season despite the 30-27 win over the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears. The 37-year-old quarterback completed just 19 of 35 passes (54 percent) for 170 yards with a touchdown and interception. 

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) throws a touchdown pass to New York Giants wide receiver Russell Shepard (81) in the third quarter against the Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) throws a touchdown pass to New York Giants wide receiver Russell Shepard (81) in the third quarter against the Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Odell Beckham Jr. certainly knows how to create a spark. 

The Giants wide receiver went into the locker room at halftime with the team trailing the Bears 14-10 on Sunday and felt like he needed to say something. 

So Beckham delivered an empassioned speech. 

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Chicago Bears tight end Daniel Brown recovers an onside kick in front of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago Bears tight end Daniel Brown recovers an onside kick in front of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. defended his effort after he didn't dive for an onside kick that the Bears recovered in Sunday's 30-27 overtime win over Chicago.

After the Bears kicked a field goal with 1:13 remaining, Chicago lined up for an onside kick. Kicker Cody Parkey one-hopped it and it went in Beckham's direction. While Giants safety Curtis Riley missed a block, Beckham appeared to hesitate, allowing Chicago's Daniel Brown to recover.

"It was a great kick," Beckham said, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. "Sometimes, somebody makes a better play than you do. I can dive in there and still not get the ball. It was a very tough call."

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Giants resilient against Bears 00:01:38
Pat Shurmur is proud of the squad for beating the bears in overtime. Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. weight in on the 3-point victory

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It got lost in the shuffle last week, when everyone freaked out over the way Saquon Barkley wa used in the second half in Philadelphia, but the Giants' defense was absolutely terrible. The Eagles rolled over them in the second half. The Giants defense couldn't get off the field.

They needed a big bounce-back game this week.

They seemed to have it. Then they blew it. And then they bailed themselves out in the end.

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Odell Beckham Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Odell Beckham Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With QB Eli Manning struggling, the Giants' pulled some trickery in the third quarter, turning to Odell Beckham Jr., who was flicked the ball and danced adeptly behind the line before hurling a 49-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Russell Shepard. 

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Giants head coac Pat Shurmur was incredulous last week when responding to a reporter's question and asking why he would jump over Alex Tanney to get a look at Kyle Lauletta. That seems like hot air now, since Lauletta is active Sunday for the first time this season.

Lauletta will back up Eli Manning with Tanney inactive -- the smart move for a Giants team that would have been doubling down on last year's quarterback mistake if they had turned to Tanney over Lauletta

The expectation continues to be that Lauletta will get time at some point this season, likely after the team is officially eliminated from playoff contention, as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has reported.

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebacker Olivier Vernon (54) warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebacker Olivier Vernon (54) warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

A disappointing season for the New York Giants on both sides of the football has taken its toll on the offensive and defensive ranks. It's a season that veteran linebacker Olivier Vernon would likely be happy to put in the rearview mirror.

Vernon has tallied 45.5 sacks in 98 career games -- including 16.5 tackles of the quarterback while in Giants blue -- but only has one sack and 10 tackles so far in six games this season. After missing the first five games to open the season with a high ankle sprain, Vernon's impact has been a muted one in the team's first year of a switch to a 3-4 defensive scheme.

"You never really want to miss time when you're out there, you work hard before every season coming up," Vernon said Friday after practice. "It was just one little bump in the road, and all I can do right now is just the normal game plan and be out there for my team and make the plays that come to me."

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Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) with a long 4th quarter 1st down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) with a long 4th quarter 1st down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants will be without two key cogs when they face off against the Bears on Sunday. 

Tight end Evan Engram will miss his second straight game, as he continues to battle a hamstring injury. He originally suffered the injury during warmups last Sunday when the Giants took on the Eagles. He stayed on the sideline dressed in full uniform, but never took a snap. 

Now, Engram will be in street clothes as the Giants continue their caution. It has been a tough sophomore campaign for No. 88, with this being his fifth game missed. He suffered an MCL sprain during the Giants' Week 3 matchup against the Texans that kept him out three straight games. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning yells out signals under center against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning yells out signals under center against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME 

The Giants (3-8) vs. the Chicago Bears (8-3) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m.

THE WEATHER

First the good news: It'll be warm. Like in the low 60s. Now the bad news: It'll be wet. There's a chance for a lot of rain.

WHAT IT MEANS

The Giants are virtually out of playoff contention, but not mathematically out of playoff contention. They're only 3 1/2 games out of first place in the NFC East with five games to go. So if they win and they get some help from … Yeah, I'm not buying it either. This game basically means nothing at all. Pat Shurmur would like to build some momentum. Eli Manning is trying to prove he should be the starter in 2019. A lot of guys are fighting for future jobs. But mostly the only thing to watch now is where the Giants get to pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. react in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. react in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham Jr. sounded like a player who was done with Eli Manning earlier this season, when he was famously asked if the Giants had a quarterback problem and he responded "Um, I don't know." That answer, and the way he let his frustration boil over on the field, made it clear that he absolutely did.

So imagine how Beckham will feel if Manning sticks around as the Giants quarterback for another year.

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