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Giants news, 11/16: To win out, Giants have to win at home first

Players know they haven’t won a game at MetLife Stadium yet this season

New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are your Friday headlines after a day where much of the northeast was hit with an early winter storm.

Rewarding the faithful

The Giants are 0-4 at home, and the players know it.

“Honestly, it would be great to win a game at home just for the fans because like you said, they stuck with us,” Landon Collins said. “It’s been very difficult, they’ve been going through it with us and for sticking with us is special.”

“Of course, we want to give them a win at home. I don’t think we’ve done that at all, but it doesn’t matter if we’re at home, away, Germany, London – we’re trying to win. That’s going to be the goal whatever Giants fans are there. Hopefully, we get the win for them. If we’re at home, hopefully we get it for everybody,” Odell Beckham Jr. said. “Hopefully they stay the entire game if we’re winning this time. That’s not something we can really worry about. I don’t care if there was 10 people in the stands or it’s filled up. The goal is to win.”

The increasing importance of DBs

The Giants have increasingly been playing three safeties, with Collins functioning more in a linebacker role close to the line of scrimmage. Against the San Francisco 49ers Michael Thomas played a season-high 39 snaps, 16 more than he had played in any other game this season.

“Even if you go back to the time when I was in Arizona, one thing I really love to do is get DBs on the field when we can,” defensive coordinator James Bettcher said. “The game has, as we’ve all talked about before, the game has become so horizontal in terms of spacing of formations and splitting receivers out, tight ends out, tight ends really becoming fourth receivers on the field, and the quality of the backs in this league in terms of pass catchers not just runners, it allows you to create different matchups.”

Beckham still talking about winning out

Before the 49ers game Beckham said the Giants’ goal was to win all eight remaining games and get to the playoffs. After beating San Francisco, that possibility remains on the table, however, unlikely it is.

“I don’t know what makes me not believe it. That’s just the goal. Same thing I said before the season, the goal is to win a Super Bowl. It’s always going to win a Super Bowl,” Beckham said. “If you’re just here to have fun or whatever else, I don’t think you should be here.

“The goal is to win every game. I’m trying to win. If we play 16, I’m trying to win 16. Win the four in the playoffs, and win the Super Bowl. You never want to lose. My mentality is going to be win these last seven games, no matter who believes it or what’s said, or anything like that. That’s going to be my goal.”

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