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Giants know Eagles’ game gives them a chance to right their ship

A burning ship.It’s an image I can’t seem to get out of my head after New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur said [url=]White Patrick Omameh Jerseys[/url] , in discussing the team’s injured players, that “You burn the ships on every game.”With a 1-4 start to the 2018 season, the recent controversy over the remarks by Odell Beckham Jr., Lil Wayne’s blunt response to Eli Manning and those wondering why he was involved in the Beckham-Josina Anderson interview, and the release of a benched former first-round pick this week, you might think the ship that might be the Giants’ 2018 season is fully ablaze.Is it really, though? The Giants have the good fortune at this point of playing in the mediocre NFC East, where the 2-2 Washington Redskins lead the division. 1 - Washington Redskins (2-2)2 - Dallas Cowboys (2-3)3 - Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)4 - New York Giants (1-4)The Giants’ ship might not be completely on fire but it has taken on some water. The Giants, though, don’t appear to be looking for the life boats — yet. They are talking like a team determined to bail the water, patch the holes and try to things right this season.Tight end Evan Engram, who has a chance to play after missing the past two weeks with an MCL sprain, says the Giants are “well aware” of the standings and know that “this Thursday is a huge game for us.”The Giants have 11 games to play, and five of those are against division rivals. The first of those, of course, is Thursday night when the host the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles at MetLife Stadium.If they win that one, the Giants will be right in the middle of what Engram called a “pretty wide open” division.Giants coach Pat Shurmur isn’t focused on those standings.“That really has no effect on us right now. We have to go out and win a game. That is what it is, but it’s just another indication and I’ve been saying it all along, you just keep playing. You never know. I think the last two times that the Giants made the (playoffs), I think they were 9-7, so we’ve just got to keep playing,” he said on Tuesday.Players, though [url=]Patrick Omameh Jerseys 2019[/url] , are aware of the standingsVeteran EDGE rusher Connor Barwin admitted the division’s mediocrity makes it easier to stay positive.“You’re still playing games that are meaningful, are very meaningful, with the way the division is playing out right now,” he said.Rookie running back Saquon Barkley said the Giants’ goals are still within reach:“I think everyone’s goal is to win a Super Bowl and that’s still in play and in my opinion, if you ask me, like you said I think we’re a game behind in the division and I know I haven’t been in the NFL for a long time, but I think if you win your division, you automatically go into the playoffs, so everything like I said before, that coach Shurmur said a couple weeks ago, everything that we want in our season is still there,” Barkley said.As his locker on Tuesday, Beckham put it this way:“I think you could take away everything that’s happened this season, I think the urgency is what it is right now. We know we need to win right now, regardless of our situation,” he said. “The mentality is to win each and every game and now there is a big opportunity ahead of us to be able to take control of our season and build from this even after the bad that we’ve had already. We can overcome it all starting with this game – not just one game, but starting with this game, and going from there on.”The Giants feel like they are getting betterThat was Engram on Tuesday. And yes, it sounds a bit like pie-in-the-sky player speak, like what the Giants have to say with more that two-thirds of the season remaining. You get the sense, though, that they do believe they are on the upswing.“I don’t know if you watched us last weekend’s game, but there was a point in that game where maybe last year or the old DNA of this team would’ve given up or would’ve tapped out. We fought [url=]White Mario Edwards Jerseys[/url] ,” Engram said. “Our confidence is up, our energy is up. We’re working our butts off, nobody has their head down or anything.”Beckham, after questioning the team’s heart and energy in his interview on ESPN, seemed optimistic on Tuesday.“Nobody in here likes to lose, we’re all tired of losing, we want to change that culture, atmosphere, whatever it is, because this is a place that has a lot of pride and we want to be able to be proud of what we display and do all those things,” Beckham said. “It was a big week for us. We took a big step. Unfortunately, we lost on a 63-yard field goal. If I had to lose on a 63-yard field goal, so be it. That’s impressive by that kicker to be able to do that with the game on the line and hit it. We’re taking steps in the right direction.” “This team is getting better every week,” Barwin said. “I think there’s still a lot of belief in this locker room right now. We’re all focused on getting better and finding a way to finish this Thursday night.”If they can, maybe, just maybe they can play some meaningful games the rest of the season. If not, it might be time to get those life rafts. Because, as Shurmur might say the Giants will be “Finito. Done.” INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck took one peek at the New York Giants‘ defense and changed the call.Instead of trying to force the late run coach Frank Reich wanted, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback asked T.Y.Hilton to go up the field with the defenders and Chester Rogers to slide underneath into the flat. It worked brilliantly.Rogers’ 1-yard TD reception with 55 seconds left gave the Colts their first lead of the day, a 28-27 victory over the Giants and a shot to end a three-year playoff drought next week.“I just can’t say how clutch Andrew was on that last drive,” Reich said. “He made a check on that last play. I called a run, he checked to a pass because he saw the pressure.”Actually, Luck faced the same alignment earlier in the game and asked his receivers if they could make the audible work with the game — and perhaps Indy’s season — potentially on the line.When they said yes [url=]Mario Edwards Jerseys 2019[/url] , Luck swung the ball out to a wide-open Rogers, who turned up the field and scooted into the end zone untouched for Indy’s eighth win in nine games. The Colts (9-6) started 1-5, including 0-2 at home, but won their last six home games and now would make the playoffs for the first time in four years if they beat Tennessee next week. They could even win the AFC South with a win and a loss by Houston.Still, Luck, Reich and everybody else in the Colts’ locker room downplayed the playoff talk and instead tried to focus on a remarkable comeback in a game that looked lost.Luck led the Colts to touchdowns on three of their first four second-half possessions, capitalizing on just about every opportunity. He finished 31 of 47 for 357 yards with one interception and two touchdowns, including the audible.“When he called the run, I looked at Chester and T.Y. and said, ‘How about running the pass pattern on top?’ and they said, ‘Yeah, we’ll do it,'” Luck said. “Glad they picked up on it.”The Giants (5-10) had themselves to blame for their second straight loss.After leading the entire game and having a chance to make it a two-possession lead after reaching the Colts 7, New York settled for a 27-yard field goal that made it 27-21 in the fourth quarter.The unraveling began after Indy pinned the Giants back at the 4. The Giants were called for two offensive penalties and then watched Saquon Barkley lose the ball on a third-down run. Darius Leonard scooped it up and ran into the end zone, but the officials ruled Barkley’s forward progress had been stopped, forcing a punt.On the ensuing possession, linebacker Tae Davis was called for pass interference on third-and-3 and six plays later, cornerback B.W. Webb drew the same infraction in the end zone, giving Luck the ball at the 1. He found Rogers on the next play, and the Giants’ last gasp ended when Eli Manning was picked off by Malik Hooker.Manning was 25 of 33 for 309 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Barkley rushed 21 times for 43 yards and one score while catching five passes for 113 yards.“They made the plays at the end to get the ball in the end zone,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said. “They made enough plays to win and we didn’t at the end.”INJURY REPORTGiants: Odell Beckham Jr. (quad) missed his third straight game and linebacker Alec Ogletree sat out with a concussion. … Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. left on the first series of the game with an injured calf and did not return. … Tight end Rhett Ellison left in the third quarter with a concussion and also did not return.Colts: Center Ryan Kelly (neck) and Pro Bowl tight end Eric Ebron (concussion) left in the first half. Neither returned. … Cornerbacks Kenny Moore III and Quincy Wilson departed on successive plays in the third quarter with undisclosed injuries.STAT PACKGiants: Barkley needs two receptions to break the NFL’s single-season franchise record for most receptions by a rookie running back. Reggie Bush had 88 in 2006. … Sterling Shepard had six catches for 113 yards but only one catch for three yards in the second half. … Evan Engram caught six passes for 87 yards.Colts: Hilton had seven catches for 138 yards while Rogers caught seven for 54 yards. … Dontrelle Inman caught a 2-yard TD pass from Luck in the third quarter and Nyheim Hines and Marlon Mack each rushed for TDs. … Kicker Adam Vinatieri tied Jeff Feagles for No. 3 on the league’s career list for games played (352). … John Unitas Jr. and John Unitas III served as honorary captains as the 60th anniversary of the 1958 championship between these teams nears.UP NEXTGiants: Host NFC East champion Dallas’ regular-season finale next Sunday.Colts: Put their playoff hopes on the line next Sunday at Tennessee.