Inside Scoop: Giants 27 Ravens 23

The Giants were able to stay in the mix for the NFC East title with a 27-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.  Here are three players who were major factors in the win.

 Breakout Performer: Odell Beckham Jr.

 Odell Beckham Jr. finally broke through his five-week slump and returned to familiar form, catching two touchdown passes and amassing 222 yards, including the game-winning score on a 66-yard throw from Eli Manning.   His performance was especially incredible considering the bum hip he was playing on for most of the game, but fans would have ben hard pressed to think that anything was wrong with him judging by his breakaway speed after his touchdowns of 66 and 75 yards.  Beckham’s 211 yards in the first half ranked fourth all-time among receivers, and a less-than-formidable Rams secondary gives Beckham the opportunity to add on to this performance in Week 7.

X-Factor: Mark Herzlich and Jonathan Casillas

 Defense captain and linebacker/special team player Mark Herzlich get my X-Factor spot for their huge fourth down stop in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game.  On 4th-and-1, Joe Flacco tossed the ball to Terrance West, who looked like he had a clear path to the end zone.  Herzlich and Casillas had other intentions, however, as they both took great angles of pursuit to the pylon, with Casillas knocking West out of bounds and Herzlich primed to make the stop right behind him.  I always like to give love to defensive guys who don’t always get the spotlight with Odell Beckham on their team, but this stop kept the Giants in striking distance of Baltimore’s lead at the time and allowed Beckham’s late touchdown to give them the win.

 Team MVP: Eli Manning

 Manning was far from perfect on Sunday, throwing two interceptions on top of two touchdowns for 403 yards, but his clutch touchdown throws to Odell Beckham were pretty darn close.  Touchdown passes of both 75 yards at the end of the first half and 66 yards at the end of the second half really showed Manning’s value as a player who has historically come up with big throws in big spots.  I also have to applaud his leadership when it came to Odell Beckham’s antics, as he’s taken stances that don’t alienate him or his coaches/teammates.  Throwing for over 400 yards and two touchdowns that arguably kept the Giants afloat in the NFC East makes Eli Manning my Week 6 Giants MVP. 



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