The Giants finally ended their three-game losing streak as they took down the Baltimore Ravens on their home turf, 27-23. It was an all-around great effort on both sides of the ball by the G-Men. Here is what we learned in Week 6:
OBJ Is Officially Back
Through all the speculation and adversity he faced in the past few weeks, this was just the game Odell Beckham Jr.. needed to get over the hump. The star wideout crushed the 5th ranked defense in the league hauling in eight receptions for 222 yards and two touchdowns that both have the Giants the lead. The most important takeaway from this performance wasn’t OBJ proposing to his beloved kicking net, but it was Eli Manning utilizing his best option when it was crunch time. Beckham Jr. scored the game winning touchdown showing off his blinding speed on a quick slant up the middle. Hopefully this is a sign that Beckham Jr. is out of his early season slump and back on track.
Defense Can Make the Big Play
The G-Men defense did let up 23 points which isn’t the best, but when it came down to it, the big play was made. It was 4th and 1 near the end zone where the Ravens decided to go for it. RB Terrance West got a pitch to the outside and the Giants were there to stop him before he reached the end zone. That brought the momentum back to the home team’s bench and it stayed until the final whistle blew. There are obviously points that need attention on the defense, but being 5th in red zone efficiency and being able to make the big play when it is needed makes this defense special. Look for them to continue this trend going forward.
Manning Spreading the Wealth Correctly
We know the Giants offense doesn’t heavily favor one or two players, but rather spreads the wealth among their assets. While it is great to have options, using the right ones is crucial and the Giants may have finally realized this against the Ravens. The past two weeks, Manning was throwing to his second and third options in his running backs and tight ends. Screens and quick dump offs can only go so far. This time around, though, we find the wide receivers utilized in the way they should be given their prowess. Alongside OBJ’s big day, Cruz and Shepard had three and four catches respectively. Mix in great play from Larry Donnell and the three running backs used in Rashad Jennings, Paul Perkins and Bobby Rainey and the Giants offense ran to perfection.
The wealth can be spread around, but it is the smartest investments that create the big payout. Hopefully Manning grasped this concept after this game.