Big Blew It: Giants fall 20-14 to Redskins

Odell Beckham Jr. was spectacular in defeat.

On Sunday the Giants five-game winning streak over the Redskins came to an end after a 20-14 loss at FedEx Field. After falling into a 20-0 hole, the Giants showed their heart by making the game a one score affair. While the game concluded in a disappointing fashion for the Giants, Odell Beckham Jr still orchestrated a remarkable performance.

The reigning offensive rookie of the year was targeted a game-high 18 times, converting 18 of those pass attempts into nine receptions. OBJ accumulated 141 receiving yards and saw the ball coming in his direction throughout all four quarters. Number 13 saw his first catch of the day on an 18 yard reception half way through the first quarter, moving the Giants into the outskirts of field goal range.

The Madden cover player continued his dominance in the second and third quarters, hauling in passes of 15 and 31 yards. OBJ faced single and zone coverage a majority of the day and was able to dissect the defense and find open pockets in the Redskins secondary. Beckham Jr did most of his damage in the fourth quarter.

OBJ opened up the fourth quarter with a 30 yard reception that brought the Giants all the way to midfield. The drive resulted in the Giants first points of the day on a Manning touchdown to Rueben Randle.

However with 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter OBJ made another highlight reel catch. The pro bowl wide receiver horizontally lunged his body at the left front pylon of the end zone, reeling in a 21 yard pass with his left hand as he fell to the turf. The catch gave Odell Beckham Jr his 9th touchdown catch of season and made the score a one possession game. OBJ beat former Giant cornerback Will Blackmon on the coverage.

While the game ended in a loss for the Giants, the reigning offensive rookie of the year added more depth to his already accolated career. The 141 yard game marks OBJ’s fourth consecutive 100 yard game, his sixth of the season. Beckham Jr now has 13 career 100 receiving games despite only being active for 23 games.

OBJ also continued his dominance over the Redskins throughout his young career. After Sunday’s outing, the second year wide receiver now has 28 catches for 364 yards and five touchdowns through three games.

Clearly OBJ is not to blame for the Giants recent two game slide, and it is evident that the Giants need other players to step up in order to get back to having a winning formula. The Giants will attempt to reconstruct that formula next week in the mutual home game against the New York Jets. 

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