World, Meet Odell Beckham Jr.
So, I don’t know if any of you watched last night’s game, but it was a game that turned out entirely differently than how I thought that it would. The Cowboys were visiting the Giants in the Meadowlands for their second division game of the season. A lot was on the line for the Giants, who needed a win in order to stay in contention for the NFC Wildcard playoff, while a lot was on the line for the Cowboys, who needed a win to stay tied for the division lead with the Eagles. Considering how both the Giants and Cowboys had been playing going into the game, there wasn’t much hope for the giants. However, the Giants have a reputation of pulling out big wins, and the Cowboys have the reputation of blowing big games. So the outcome was pretty up in the air.
However, the Cowboys ended up winning, and the game itself was a nail biter right to the end. But, there was a lone bright spot for the Giants by the time the game ended. Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr. was the Giants’s first pick in this year’s draft, in a class of rookie wide receivers that have been unseen in the NFL before. Kelvin Benjamin, Brandin Cooks, Sammy Watkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Jordan Matthews, and Mike Evans have been making splashes in the NFL unlike other rookie receivers before them. And all of them are having amazing years. Beckham, the new centerpiece of the Giants’s offense, isn’t a big receiver, measuring in at just under 6’0″. He’s a speedy, high-jumping, play making machine, not much different from Victor Cruz. He’s the type of receiver that turns 15-yard designed crossing-route plays into 55-yard gains. He’s a big play in a small body.
That concept couldn’t have been more epitomized than last night, when Beckham finished the game with 10 receptions for 146-yards and 2 touchdowns, a much superior stat-line from an already good one he put up against the Cowboys just a few weeks ago. Beckham dominated throughout the first half, and in spectacular fashion. His second touchdown grab might be the greatest catch I’ve ever seen made on a football field during a game. And he made it look so easy.
I don’t know about you, but in the first photo, that sure looks like Beckham Jr. made that catch with three fingers. Furthermore, the fact that he was fouled on the play getting a defensive pass-interference call and coming down with the ball with one hand, all in one single motion is pretty impressive.
Though the Giants couldn’t pull out the win, and are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs entirely, unless everything goes wrong with Philly and Dallas, the rest of the season should be at least very entertaining with this guy on the field.