There is counting the Giants out, and there is disrespecting them.
And one FOX Thanksgiving Day graphic flat-out embarrassed Big Blue on Thursday, listing only Washington, Dallas and Philadelphia under the heading “NFC East Remaining Schedules” during the Cowboys’ win which moved them into first place. The Giants weren’t even put on the screen.
The Giants’ reaction on Friday? Go ahead and doubt us. We dare you.
“I wouldn’t want it any other way,” said Odell Beckham, the man who had set eight straight wins to end the season as a goal coming out of the Giants’ Week 9 bye. “I’ve been doubted all my life. We’re being doubted. But we’re standing strong together and we’ll just keep pushing. It makes for a better story when they leave us out of it and then it’s like, ‘Wait a minute, we’re right back in it.’ (But) none of what I’m saying matters, and none of what we’re asking matters, if we don’t go out and win Sunday. It’s all about going out there and winning. So that’s the goal, and that’s what we plan on doing.”
Safety Landon Collins says now it’s on Big Blue to prove everyone wrong.
“It’s our job to make them believe,” Landon Collins told the Daily News. “People won’t think it can be done until it’s done. We’ve just got to take it one game at a time, one play at a time, one week at a time. If we beat these Eagles, I’ll bet our faces will be up there then.
“Then it’s all open,” Collins added. “The only teams that are really strong right now are us and the Cowboys. (Washington) lost their franchise quarterback. The Eagles are going through a slump right now. And Dallas got their whole team just like us … We’ll see.”
Head coach Pat Shurmur said he saw the graphic. In fact, when asked if he paid attention to division talk during the Thanksgiving broadcast, Shurmur answered: “I mean, I obviously read the graphics just like everybody else. But I still try to stay in the moment.”
Similar to his players, Shurmur said there is one way to get back on that graphic: Win.
“I know the only thing we can control is what we do this week, and if we start doing the things we need to, we’ll slide up,” he said.
Shurmur importantly also said that even with the Cowboys’ win bunching up Dallas (6-5), Washington (6-5) and Philadelphia (6-4) to give the Giants hope of making a run, “certainly hope’s not a strategy. I think what we try to do is go and play good football.”
Beating the Eagles on Sunday, however, could tip the scales from the Giants’ current two-game winning streak being a fluke (over the lowly Niners and Bucs) to being for a real. That’s how Collins sees it: Sunday is the win that could wake people up.
“Probably,” Collins said. “I think so. It (could be) putting us back on the map, that this team is making the impossible almost possible.
“We don’t pay attention to that, though,” Collins said of the disrespectful graphic. “I didn’t even see it. When you showed me (right now), that’s the first time I saw it. We don’t let that bother us too much.”