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Giants Inside Scoop: Week 3 Edition

Get the inside scoop for The Giants Beat's experts about what to keep an eye on when the Giants take on the Minnesota VIkings on Monday night football.

Despite dropping a 29-27 heartbreaker to the division rival Washington, there was plenty to be pleased with as a New York Giants fan.  Here are three players that I believe had major impacts in the Week 3 matchup: 

Breakout Performer: Orleans Darkwa

The third-string Giant running back, forced into a backup role due to unavailable Rashad Jennings, put together an all-around solid day on the ground.  He rushed for 53 yards on 10 carries, including a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.  Look for Darkwa to continue to see more of the ball in light of Shane Vereen’s likely season-ending triceps injury.

 

X-Factor: Odell Beckham Jr.


Putting his sideline pouting aside, Beckham was absolutely electric for New York this past weekend, snagging seven passes for 121 yards and a touchdown, including an incredible circus catch.  He clearly won the one-on-one battle against Josh Norman, and if not for numerous penalties and mistakes, Beckham’s performance would have been enough to get the Giants to 3-0. 

 

Team MVP: Sterling Shepard

 

Shepard made major contributions in what has become a formidable aerial attack for the third consecutive game, racking up 73 yards on five receptions, including a 23-yard touchdown catch from Eli Manning in the first quarter.  He’s been a reliable target for Manning so far, and his MVP status is more of season award as it is just for Week 3, considering there weren’t too many options after blowing a 21-9 lead.  He knows how to find holes in the secondary, and the calm, composed, and professional manner in which he has conducted himself with thus far has elevated him to a leadership role on this team.  Giants fans can only hope that some of that can rub off on Beckham.


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