It came about two weeks later than they would have liked, but the Giants finally got their first win of the 2015 season on Thursday night when they defeated the rival Washington Redskins 32-21. While big plays on defense and special teams allowed New York to jump out to a 12-0 lead in the fourth quarter, it was the athleticism of wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Reuben Randle that sealed the deal.
“You have the defense flying around, hitting people and picking the ball off and just out there lights out and playing fast” said Beckham. “It makes all the difference in the world. It’s extra motivation as an offensive player and I’m sure it’s the same as when the offense is out there clicking and we’re making plays. It gets your team fired up.”
Beckham used that motivation to leap up and reel in a 30-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Eli Manning to make the score 25-6 Giants early in the fourth quarter. However, on this night Beckham was overshadowed by Randle, who gained 116 receiving yards and put the game away with a 41-yard juggling score with under four minutes left on the clock.
“I wouldn’t really call it stepping up, so to say,” said Beckham of Randle’s standout performance. “He’s capable of doing that every single time. We’ve all got to pitch in to be able to do that. It was great to be able to see him get in the end zone tonight and be able to see him out there. We’re all having fun. It’s definitely a way better feeling, winning than losing, I’ll tell you that.”
The Giants will try to hold onto that good feeling against Buffalo this week. The Bills will likely provide a stiffer challenge for Beckham than Washington, against whom the wide receiver has caught 19 passes on 24 targets for 222 yards and four touchdowns in two career games.
“It’s a division rivalry and at the end of the day, we’re all going to put our best foot forward every game,” said Beckham. “It just happens sometimes against Washington, I guess. I don’t know. They did a great job tonight limiting some of the things that we were trying to do and we just kept clawing and scratching and found a way to win.”
The victory puts the Giants right in the thick of the early division race and just one game behind Dallas, who lost to Atlanta on Sunday.