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Giants news, 12/8: Giants know they are still in NFC East title chase

New York Giants news updates for 12/8.

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning New York Giants fans! Here are your updates for this Tuesday morning.

Giants players aren't giving up on the season

Especially thanks for a weak NFC East, the Giants are very much alive in the playoff hunt. Despite being on a three game, demoralizing losing streak the team isn't ready to call it quits. From Michael Eisen's Giants notebook...

But the Giants know they will be incapable of capitalizing on that unexpected good fortune if they don’t improve their level of play, starting next Monday night, against the 5-7 Dolphins in Miami.

"We’re still very much in it, but we’ve got to win some games and just got to start now," quarterback Eli Manning said today. "Got to start with Miami … we can’t get discouraged, we can’t have any quit in us, we’ve got to keep fighting, continue to have a great week of preparation, practice, and then perform at a higher level on game day. Just get some energy back into the locker room, get some excitement and get that winning feeling back."

"We’re still in it," defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said. "Anything can happen any given Sunday. You just have to go out there and play some great football. The tackles that we missed, we have to make those tackles, yards after the catch, we can’t let that happen, and we have to get to the quarterback faster. We have to play the run even better as a defense. Basically, all of those things."

Tom Coughlin isn't listening to the critics

Not only is he the oldest coach in the league, but Tom Coughlin is definitely the most experienced in surviving the hot seat. Once more, there are calls for his head but Coughlin isn't listening to them.

Tom Coughlin's been through enough years with enough questions about his job security. He's used to it. And the New York Giants coach says he isn't all that interested in it.

"I don't pay any attention to it," Coughlin said Monday, the day after the fourth Giants loss of this season in which they gave away a lead in the final minute of regulation. "I'm trying to stay focused for the benefit of my team, my coaches and everybody else. Quite frankly, you can all disagree, but we're trying to win games the best way we can."

Giants relying on Odell Beckham too much?

For a second straight week, the offense looked lifeless and dull with one notable exception: Odell Beckham Jr. While Beckham is doing all he can to carry the team on his back, is further help needed? And dare I say, does this make drafting another weapon a high priority?

The Giants deserve all of the praise for drafting Odell Beckham Jr. when he's out there making ridiculous one-handed and diving catches. But at some point, the question becomes whether they've done enough to add pieces around him.

On Sunday, Beckham was targeted 11 times. It was the ninth time this year a Giants player has been targeted 10-or-more times in a game. All nine times, it's been Beckham. Julio Jones leads has led the Atlanta Falcons in targets seven times this season. Jarvis Landry owns the Miami Dolphins' top-six totals.

The Giants are relying on Beckham far too often, and former second-round pick Rueben Randle's stopping on a route on the failed fourth-down attempt in the fourth quarter that could've put the game out of reach showed why he hasn't deserved more targets.

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