In a heart-breaking shootout, the New York Giants fell to the New Orleans Saints in a matchup that featured 13 passing touchdowns. As for a silver lining in the 49-52 loss, Eli Manning displayed the high octane potential that the Giants’ offense possesses. Manning passed for 350 yards along with 6 touchdowns and no interceptions, hooking up with Odell Beckham Jr on 8 receptions for 130 yards and 3 scores. The reigning OROY had his best game of the 2015 season and looks to be back to full health after an impressive outing against the Saints.
Beckham’s first touchdown catch of the afternoon came on the Giants opening drive on a two yard slant play. Beckham snuck between the press coverage and made an in-cut towards the middle of the endzone, the ball was perfectly placed and was a harbinger for the offensive mantra that the game undertook.
OBJ’s second score the evening came at the dawn of the second quarter in nearly an identical play to his first touchdown catch. The repeated two yard score was almost the exact same play, just down in the opposite endzone.
Beckham’s third touchdown involved the star wide receiver sneaking behind the defense while Manning rolled out to his right. The veteran QB then unleashed a fifty yard bomb which was easily caught by Beckham at the beginning of the endzone. The third touchdown reception completed a hat trick of TDs for OBJ and gave him a touchdown to start off every quarter through this point in the game.
This was the first game OBJ had played in his collegiate state of Lousianna since graduating from LSU. The second year wideout impressed throughout the evening and also was able to display his elusiveness on a 38 yard catch and run in the fourth quarter that set up the Giants final offensive score of the game. Beckham Jr caught the ball nine yards from the line of scrimmage in a tight window, then dashed horizontally across the field, eluding defenders and knifing his way into Saints territory.
Despite the crushing loss, the Giants and Odell Beckham Jr looked to have regained the offensive form they displayed during the latter half of the 2014 season. If the Giants can tighten up on defense, and OBJ can keep performing at the level he played at in the Superdome, the Giants will be able start turning these close games into victories rather than losses.
OBJ will look to perpetuate his offensive dominance next week when the Giants take on Jameis Winston and the Tampa Buccaneers.