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Odell Beckham somehow thinks Giants can still make playoffs

His comeback season has been prolific in some ways, disappointing in others and an abject failure in terms of wins and losses. In the eight games that remain, Odell Beckham Jr. sees no reason why he cannot be more dynamic than ever.

“Honestly I feel I’m in the best shape of my life,’’ a relaxed Beckham said Friday. “With the training and everything I had — the rehab, the strength stuff I still do — I feel like as the season goes on I get stronger, I get faster, or maybe I stay the same and other people are slowing down. Either way it goes I feel almost an advantage towards the end of the season.’’

It is not quite the end of the season, even though around the Giants, it feels as if their season has been done for quite some time. Remarkably, it is only the midpoint as the Giants come off their bye week with a Monday night game against the 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif. Beckham is not predicting anything, but he is not downsizing his goals, even though the Giants are in last place in the NFC East and, along with the moribund Raiders, own the NFL’s worst record.

“Win eight games,’’ Beckham said. “Go 9-7 and get in the playoffs. Giants been there before, 9-7 and got to the playoffs. I think they did pretty good, so that’s the goal. It’s not an easy task, but that’s the goal.’’

This in no way sounds remotely possible.

“It’s not impossible to win eight games,’’ Beckham said. “It wasn’t impossible to lose seven, you know? So anything can happen, honestly.’’

Go ahead and sneer if you desire, and there is no way to gauge just how much of this falls under the heading “wishful thinking,’’ but Beckham is feeling good, at least about his physical state of being. He played in only five games last season before a fractured ankle sent him to surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation. He looks like his former frisky self, with 61 receptions for 785 yards. Only generating two touchdown catches is more a function of the dysfunction of the offensive operation than any Beckham failings.

To spark any sort of turnaround, the Giants must pull a Seinfeld-ian reversal. The secret, as Beckham sees it, is “doing what we didn’t do in the first half. Doing the opposite of what we did in the first half. Scoring points in the red zone, completing drives, all the little things that have held us back. We’ve lost a lot of close games that we just didn’t pull through.’’

The losing and the stagnant red-zone attack, it is all extremely frustrating to Beckham, but it has not got him down and out. He knows he cannot carry the Giants out of this malaise by himself. He also knows he can do more than he has, and believes he is primed to do so.

“Hopefully I can start catching some of these things and start taking them to the crib, making bigger plays,’’ he said. “I put more on myself. I know that’s something over the bye week, it was good to be able to take a step back and breathe, and get back in it. Whatever happens is what’s going to happen, but I know that my mentality is not going to be to quit. I know we’re not in a very good situation, but you just got to make the most out of that.’’

Beckham’s first half of the season has put him in the running for Comeback Player of the Year consideration, along with several marquee players coming off injuries. Andrew Luck will garner support, as will J.J Watt and perhaps Deshaun Watson. Aaron Rodgers needs a big second half to surge into the picture.

“No, it never was on my radar, nor would it be most improved or any accolades like that,’’ Beckham said. “Super Bowls and MVP, whatever, I never really imagined being in a Comeback Player of the Year race, but if I get a chance to win it I’ll take it.’’

Perhaps it is in the stars for Beckham to come up with a heavenly game against the 49ers. He turned 26 Monday and said he always plays his best on or around his birthday. He recalled catching five touchdown passes in high school on his birthday and scoring five goals on “my golden birthday’’ when he turned five.

“I don’t know what it is, the universe, the energy, whatever it is, I just play better, I do better,’’ Beckham said. “It’s still Scorpio season, it’s time to turn it up.’’

His buddy and former teammate, Victor Cruz, turns 32 on Sunday.

“I’m gonna have to do something for him,’’ Beckham said. “Hopefully I can score and do the salsa for him, or something.’’