/Giants Try to Stay Focused as a Noisy Superdome Awaits

Giants Try to Stay Focused as a Noisy Superdome Awaits


For the Giants’ Rueben Randle, left, and Odell Beckham Jr., Sunday’s game will be the first back in New Orleans as N.F.L. players.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — As a crowd of reporters surrounded the rising Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. at his locker last week, quarterback Eli Manning walked by and shouted from the back of the scrum in an odd, contrived voice, “Odell, how excited are you to go back to New Orleans?”

If Manning was playfully mocking members of the news media, he was also signaling to one of the team’s pivotal players that Sunday’s game comes with a particularly unusual and arduous set of circumstances.

Beckham, like Manning, was raised in New Orleans, with each attending Isidore Newman High School. They return to play the New Orleans Saints, with the Giants underdogs to the surging Saints. Two other Giants, wide receiver Rueben Randle and safety Landon Collins, are also from the New Orleans area. It…

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