Six games played, six consecutive losses. The New York Giants are (officially) out of the divisional title and (unofficially) in a state of disarray. Injuries have crippled the team and are, undeniably, the main reason for the team’s disappointing season; Victor Cruz is a prime example. Big Blue’s preferred receiver was all set to lead a dynamic, West Coast offense but, instead, has found himself on the sidelines looking in as he tore his patellar tendon in a mid-October showdown against the Philly Eagles and is out for the season.
Odell Beckham Jr., the rookie out of LSU and current viral sensation, has stepped up admirably in Cruz’s place, and has averaged 125.75 receiving yards in the last 4 games. Sunday night certainly helped as he recorded his best performance of the season with 10 catches (targeted 11 times) for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns. While both of Beckham’s scoring grabs were solid and each counted for the same six points, his second was one for the ages with Cris Collinsworth claiming, on live TV, that it was the best reception he has ever seen.
Big D’s Mr. D(ependable), Jason Witten, was equally impressed with the spectacular catch, saying “That was a special catch, I was hoping he stepped out of bounds there, but I think he is just a phenomenal player. He showed that tonight, but that catch is up there with some of the best ever.” The Cowboys tight end was relieved that despite the play, his team hung on for the win, saying “Huge play by them, and proud of our team that we continued to fight…. We have been in a lot of these games over the years and somehow, someway we have been on the other side in most of them. Great team effort, these division games are always tough. We came back in the second half and did exactly that, we fought, we fought together, it is a big win.”
While he applauded the opposition's play, Witten was equally enthralled by his own teammates' workload, in particular corners Orlando Scandrick and Brandon Carr as he said “I think that is what competition does when he has the best of you. We play a lot of man coverage, Orlando Scandrick and Brandon Carr; they get up and challenge guys. It makes this game special, those matchups within the matchup and we were able to hang on, came out in the second half and played really well.”
Given that Beckham Jr. was nearly yawning while making one handed catches during warm-ups, THAT catch, and the fact that he’s still just a rookie, one waits in wonder to see just how special Odell Beckham Jr. (and Victor Cruz) can make this game.