Sullivan: Giants in trouble if Odell Beckham Jr. is needed to win


Giants coach Ben McAdoo talks about opening loss against the Dallas Cowboys
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EAST RUTHERFORD – The Giants seem inevitably headed toward a second straight game-time countdown clock on Odell Beckham Jr., this time for Monday night’s home opener against the Detroit Lions — with no definitive update on the wide receiver’s ailing ankle expected when players meet the media later today.

But if the aftermath of Sunday’s awful performance in Dallas made one thing very clear – this offense is not the same without Beckham in it – it is more than fair to ask the obvious question that reality presents.

Should it be THIS bad?

In a word: No.

And yet it was. The addition of free agent wide receiver Brandon Marshall couldn’t offset the loss, not with four targets and just one catch, on the game’s final play. The arrival of rookie tight end Evan Engram couldn’t do it either, not with a four-catch, 44-yard night helped by one 31-yard play. The combination of running backs…

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