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Ode to Odell: Could another Saquon Barkley-heavy Giants win attract OBJ?

The Giants need to deal with the Detroit Lions on Sunday, however then, virtually instantly, their push for the postseason actually begins:

4 straight NFC East video games: Thanksgiving Day at Dallas, residence towards Washington, residence towards the hated Philadelphia Eagles and on the street on the Commanders.

The Eagles (8-1), Giants (7-2), Cowboys (6-3) and Commanders (5-5) all management their very own destinies and every others’. This will probably be must-see TV for a month. Each recreation will matter.

“The entire division, it’s all actually shut,” captain Julian Love mentioned. “We are able to’t overlook the Lions by any means, however after all that’s at the back of your head. That is what folks bear in mind, what you do that subsequent month or so.”

Certainly it’s. And that’s the reason the Giants may craft the perfect recruiting pitch to Odell Beckham Jr. within the subsequent week: Beat Detroit and enhance to 8-2, on the cusp of invading the Cowboys’ stadium for a nationally televised showdown to start an NFC East gauntlet to recollect.

At this juncture, clearly, Beckham has the league at his fingertips. It’s his alternative the place he performs.

The Giants’ public recruiting pitches have quieted, at the least for the previous few days. They know it would solely go thus far anyway.

“Man, Odell is gonna do what Odell is gonna do,” one Large mentioned with a smile. “In the event you don’t know that about him by now…”

Successful is the easiest way to deliver OBJ residence at this level. Plain and easy. If it’s going to occur this season, it’ll occur as a result of the Giants proceed to remain too scorching for Odell to let any contractual component get in the way in which.

And staying scorching means persevering with to journey Saquon Barkley towards Detroit coming off his career-high 35 carries towards the Houston Texans.

Saquon Barkley will be key to a win over the Lions with high winds in the forecast on Sunday.

It may serve two functions: carry the Giants to a different victory, and remind Beckham how desperately Daniel Jones wants him to take a few of the burden off Barkley’s again.

“If it comes right down to it and [Barkley] wants 50 carries for us to win, then we’ll give him 50 carries,” head coach Brian Daboll mentioned Friday.

Barkley welcomes it. He mentioned in a “bizarre” approach, his heaviest profession workload hasn’t taken the toll on his physique that one may count on.

“You’d suppose if you contact the ball that many occasions, you’re going to be sore,” he mentioned. “All of it relies on the week, the workforce you play. Typically you’ll be able to contact the ball 10 occasions and be simply as sore for those who touched the ball 35 occasions. Typically you’ll be able to contact the ball 35 occasions and never be that sore. It’s simply the grind of the season, and that’s the way it goes. For me, it’s simply persevering with to be a professional [and] deal with my physique.”

Whereas Daboll’s run-heavy strategy has leaned on one in all his workforce’s strengths throughout this spectacular begin, although, the conservative offensive recreation plan virtually jumped the shark in final week’s win over Houston.

It was alarmingly near final season’s hunkered-down strategy underneath Joe Choose and the earlier teaching workers, sending eight offensive linemen out onto the sphere a number of occasions in Jumbo, apparent working units.

It’s in all probability not a coincidence that two totally different teaching staffs recognized the same path to victory with near the identical Giants roster. And it’s not shocking {that a} wholesome Barkley helps this 12 months’s workforce earn these wins extra usually inside that assemble.

Daboll didn’t recognize the outline of his Texans recreation plan as conservative.

“I wouldn’t use that phrase,” he mentioned. “I might simply [say] we attempt to do what we predict we will do, which was [to] run the ball 46 occasions. [Someone] requested me, ‘Is it so simple as simply working the ball with Saquon Barkley?’ The reply’s no … However every week, we simply do what we predict we have to do for that individual recreation. If it’s 60 passes, it’s 60 passes.”

It’s not 60 passes, nevertheless. It’s by no means even been 40 passes. Jones solely tried 17 throws towards Houston. And on a windy day Sunday, and not using a formidable receiving corps, this guarantees to be one other ground-and-pound, throwback assault.

Daboll’s capability to harness his Giants’ strengths and shield their weaknesses is likely one of the rookie head coach’s strengths. He doesn’t attempt to power gamers to do what they’ll’t.

However sooner or later, if this workforce desires to finish this playoff push, it’s going to need to throw the ball to win.

Daboll is aware of this. He turned well-known for not often working the ball when he was calling performs because the Buffalo Payments’ offensive coordinator, with Josh Allen at QB, previous to getting the Giants job.

Don’t look now, however Darius Slayton (327) is the one Giants participant with greater than 200 receiving yards this season via 9 video games.

Barkley has been nice. He was second within the NFL in scrimmage yards (1,128) via the season’s first 10 weeks.

The query is whether or not his workload is sustainable, if the Giants’ success is sustainable, on this present framework.

What a distinction a wholesome OBJ would make if he got here residence. What the Giants can do to attempt to make that occur is straightforward:

Maintain profitable. Beat the Lions Sunday.

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