The New York Giants picked up their second straight loss last night as the Minnesota Vikings took care of business in their new stadium winning 24-10. With the Giants traveling to Green Bay next, here are three takeaways from last night’s matchup.
OBJ is Clearly Frustrated
Another week and another Odell Beckham Jr.. outburst. OBJ couldn’t keep his cool when Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes appeared to hit him late out-of-bounds. He got in the face of Rhodes while also screaming at the referee earning him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Rhodes would continue to be all over Beckham Jr. the rest of the game as the star wideout finished with a career-low three receptions for 23 yards.
This now marks the fourth straight week that OBJ has been held out of the end zone. Couple his underutilization in the offense with the media constantly looking for him to explode again, Beckham Jr. is frustrated. In an interview with ESPN’s Anita Marks, OBJ said “I’m not having fun anymore” referring to playing the sport he loves. The Giants and Beckham Jr. need to figure out what is causing these outbursts because it is easy to see it is affecting the team.
Paul Perkins Can Be a Vital Asset
Perkins, the former UCLA Bruin, had his skills on full display in his limited time last night. Only just two receptions, the rookie ended up leading the Giants in receiving yards with 72 thanks to a screen play he took 67 yards to set up the Giants only touchdown. Perkins was drafted as an “all-around” running back making him a good asset to have on your team. With Vereen out, Perkins should get some more touches to see what he can do with the ball. His blocking can improve, but with the ball in his hands, he has the ability to break out for a big play like the Giants saw last night.
D-Line Still Not Living Up to Expectations
The Giants defensive line continues to struggle to get pressure on the quarterback as Vikings QB Sam Bradford stayed on his feet all night. It was not predicted to be this way with the Vikings’ offensive line being passive and hurt to start the season. Edge rushers Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon didn’t make an impact on Bradford’s throws which allowed the veteran to pick apart the laboring secondary. Both of these players have only one sack on the year, and they are the only sacks by the defensive line through four weeks. This stat needs to change especially considering the amount of money spent to bolster up the line.