The Patriots play the Giants on Sunday and Coach Bill Belichick, who is well known for being able to prevent certain players from beating them. Odds are that player will be Odell Beckham jr. when Sunday comes around. Over the last couple of seasons they have had guys like Darelle Revis and Aqib Talib at cornerback. This year Malcolm Butler has stepped up to be their top cornerback, but it will probably be a team effort to slow down OBJ and the rest of the offense.
When asked about the mystique that surrounds the Patriots, Beckham discussed how he grew up watching them dominate some his favorite childhood teams in the NFL.
“On one end, you respect everything they’ve done and what they do year in and year out as far as being one of the top teams in the league and they get the job done and they win championships, the way they conduct themselves,” noted Beckham. “But on the other end, they’ve beaten all the teams I like. I remember seeing Vinatieri kick a million field goals, I forgot who the kicker was back then, it was Vinatieri, it was all kinds of guys. Brady beating the Rams, everybody, it’s just been one of those teams like you hate them because nobody was really beating them. And you love them because they’re always, no matter what they go through, even after what they’ve gone through this year, to see how they’ve come out and they play football, it’s something about it I admire. But like I said, it’s still one of my least favorite-favorite teams of all time.”
When the topic was brought up that Belichick tries to take the other teams best player and whether he was expecting them to try to take him out of the game, he was uncertain.
"They’re going to play a lot of man and high funnel and things like that," noted Beckham. "Watching the Jets games and watching how they played Brandon Marshall and Decker, it’s almost like a double team between those two guys or whatever they’ll do. They’ll have the safety funnel and their corners are going to man up. You don’t know who’s going to be on you, but I’m definitely looking forward to playing the Patriots, for sure."
It will be OBJ’s first career game against the New England Patriots. OBJ talked about how you have to respect the Patriots and their greatness, but also talked about all of the times they have beaten teams he admired, like the Rams in the Superbowl. He also talked about how he has always wanted to go up against the Patriots.
“There’s no better way I could ever really picture this. Going into the league, you get to do all these things and this is one of those ones that’s at the top of the list is playing against the Patriots and Belichick and Brady and everything that they have there. It’s definitely exciting.”