The Giants were 0-2 in primetime games heading into last night’s matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. However, that has now changed as the gutsy play calling from Giants head coach Ben McAdoo on 4th and goal gave Big Blue the touchdown they needed to win 21-20 at MetLife Stadium.
Another tally has been added to the Giants’ win streak, now standing at four. After a big win in what many called a must-win after what transpired Sunday in the NFC East, here is what we learned in Week 10:
Odell Beckham Jr. Rewrites History Yet Again
Ten catches for 97 yards helped Beckham change the record books again as he became the fastest player to reach 3,500 receiving yards in NFL History. Beckham Jr. beat out former San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys’ WR Lance Alworth by one game (36) to accomplish this feat. Add a touchdown and a Michael Jackson “Thriller” tribute in his celebration to the mix, and it was just another routine night for the Giants’ star wideout.
Ground Game Showcasing Its Potential
It was the first time this season that the Giants’ running backs managed to break 100 yards in a game. Rashad Jennings showed that he can still be the lead back of this squad as he managed to pick up 87 yards on 15 carries which included a strong 25-yard run which set up the Giants for a score. Major improvements still need to be made in this aspect of the offense, but last night showed exactly what this run game is at the moment. As long as Jennings and rookie RB Paul Perkins can pick up a few yards here and there especially in clock management situations like late in the 4th last night, the offense should continue to work at a good pace. Hopefully this trend can continue going forward making the Giants’ offense even more lethal.
Defense: Take a Bow
GM Jerry Reese was surely grinning once again last night as his new defense continued to showcase its talent. Making the biggest statement was the defensive line which has been stellar of late. Defensive ends, Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon, were monsters all night long setting the edge and not allowing Bengals’ RB Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard to get anywhere. Vernon also collected a sack on a big 3rd and 18 that killed the Bengals’ hopes at taking the lead late in the game. The defensive line has certainly improved since the beginning of the season, and it showed as they put constant pressure on QB Andy Dalton. The Giants finished the game with three total sacks.
Additionally, the secondary shut down one of the best wide receivers in the game in A.J. Green last night, and that is no easy task. Coming into the contest, Green had been averaging 112 yards per game. CB Janoris Jenkins had the task of covering Green most of the night and he certainly delivered. At the end of the game, Green’s stat line read seven catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. That is extremely well done for such a prolific playmaker. Finally, we can’t forget about the Landon Collins who pulled in his fourth interception in three games.
Overall, it was another great performance for this Giants’ defense that once again held another potent offense in check.