Odell Beckham Jr. will never be accused of being a pessimist.
The New York Giants wide receiver has a simple goal for the second half of the season: win out.
“Win eight games,” Beckham said Friday. “Get in the playoffs. Giants been there before—9-7 got to the playoffs—and I think they did pretty good. So, that is the thing. It’s not an easy task, but that is the goal. Win every game and do anything I can to help that.”
The Giants share the NFL’s worst record with the Oakland Raiders at 1-7 and are an NFL-worst 4-20 since the beginning of last season. They haven’t been mathematically eliminated from postseason contention but the chances are of a playoff push now are almost nonexistent.
At the same time, Beckham has faith a turnaround can happen.
“You heard (former NBA star) Kevin Garnett when he won (the 2008 NBA Finals with the Boston Celtics): ‘Anything is possible’,” Beckham said. “It’s not impossible to win eight games. It wasn’t impossible to lose seven. So, anything can happen. Honestly. But the main focus is just this one game. Treat this game like it’s your last game of the season.”
The Giants are coming off their bye week. They will play in the final game of Week 10 on the road against the San Francisco 49ers Monday night.
“We want to go out with a win,” Beckham said. “Let’s say you win that game, all right, now you focus on the next one. This is the last game. Now you have to win it. Everything is a must-win for us. We want to win, obviously. That is going to be the goal going forward is to win.”
The Giants offense has underperformed, especially in the red zone. They are ranked 27th in points per game with 18.8. Beckham, who turned 26 on Monday, is having an excellent season after missing 12 games in 2017. He has 61 receptions (tied for fourth in the NFL) for 785 yards (sixth in the NFL) and two touchdowns. He also sees his performance improving in the second half of the season.
“I feel like as the season goes along, I get faster—or maybe I stay the same and other people are slowing down,” Beckham said. “Either way it goes, I feel almost an advantage towards the end of the season.”
The Giants will need more than Beckham’s belief to finish the season with eight consecutive wins. It may be easier to stick an elephant’s tusk through the eye of a needle. The odds don’t stop Beckham from believing in the almost impossible.
“I know my mentality is not going to be to quit,” he said. “I’m trying to go hard every play, any chance that I get. That’s just always how I’m going to be. I know we’re not in a very good situation, but you just try to make the most out of that.”
– Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL, the New York Giants, and the NBA. Please like and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.