Well, football fans, it’s nearing the end of the season and the New York Giants have dug themselves a hole again. Must be time for them to start playing at the top of their game, and that’s just what they did this week.
|The Dolphins had no answer for Odell Beckham.|
In a Monday Night Football showdown against the Miami Dolphins, the gmen showed the kind of offensive firepower many have waited for them to display all season. Lamar Miller and the fins put up a good fight in their own stadium, with Miller rushing for 89 yards and two scores, but they couldn’t keep up with the passing attack led by Eli Manning, Odell Beckham and the Giants’ passing attack. Manning had one of his best games as a pro, throwing as many touchdown passes as he had incompletions. He went 27 for 31, for 337 yards and no interceptions as he spread the ball around high and low. New starting tight end Will Tye, a local kid drafted from Stonybrook, caught a touchdown pass and is continuing to blend well into the offense. Ruben Randle had a solid game, as did running back Rashad Jennings, who’s been quiet since early in the season.
But the real star of the game, aside from Eli, was Mr. Beckham. The Dolphins just didn’t have an answer for him. He caught seven passes for 166 yards and two scores, and both of his touchdowns were beauties. One was an 84-yarder, on which he dropped a double move and sprung wide open between the hashmarks where Eli hit him right in stride. The other was a highlight-reel hands grab outside the corner of the end zone, where he came out of the break and the ball was right there. There were a few moments where it looked like the touchdown might not stand, but replay upheld the call and Beckham had his first touchdown catch of the day.
Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins attempted a late comeback, and actually made things seem close for a bit. But needing a first down to seal the deal by running out the clock, Eli went to–you guessed it–Odell, who made a diving catch for a first down. This catch was reviewed, as well…but the call was once again upheld, and the Giants engaged the victory formation and ended the night tied for first in the NFC East.
Next week, the Giants face the NFL’s last undefeated team, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. It looks like a tough task on paper, but Eli and company have some experience pulling off upsets against undefeated teams…I’ll leave it at that. You could make a serious case that if the Giants work their way into the postseason, they’d be a serious threat…but first they have to go through the team that right now looks like the favorite to win the NFC. The Giants will be at home…can they pull it off? Hit us up @Brackethead on Twitter and tell us what you think. If you really want to show your stuff and win stuff while you support your team, head to www.gofancheer.com and download the app to Play, Shout and Win!
May the brackets always bust in your favor,
Brackethead & the folks at FanCheer