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Giants Trump Bengals in Monday Night Football

usatsi_9677790_168381752_lowresThe New York Giants topped the Cincinnati Bengals 21-20 in prime time last night, making it four wins in a row for New York.

The Giants’ (6-3) usual struggles, running the ball and fighting for sacks, actually became their crutch in the fourth quarter. The Giants sacked Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton three times including twice in the fourth quarter.  Rashad Jennings then rushed for a season-high 87 yards.

OBJ Makes History

usatsi_9678154_168381752_lowresGiants’ wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. stole the spotlight Monday night to become the fastest wide receiver in NFL history to reach 3,500 receiving yards.

He totaled 97 yards for the game and one touchdown.

Beckham was drafted 12th in the first round of the 2014 draft after playing for the LSU Tigers. He has 31 career receiving touchdowns since entering the NFL, which just broke the tie against Antonio Brown for that time span.  Overall for his career, he averages 14.6 yards per reception.

Battle of the Not So Impressive QBs

Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw two picks and went 28-for-44 Monday night, totaling only 240 yards. With two turnovers, he averaged 5.5 yards per attempt.

Granted, he did a good job of getting the ball to Beckham in the first quarter. He had a 147.3 passer rating when targeting Beckham in the first with eight targets, eight receptions, 79 yards and one touchdown.

Dalton was 16-for-29 for 204 yards, one touchdown and one pick.

Giants’ Defense

usatsi_9677622_168381752_lowresIf the Giants’ defense plays the way they did on Monday, they definitely have a shot at keeping up with the 8-1 Dallas Cowboys.

The Bengals (3-5) were forced into eight third downs with at least nine yards to go, and four of them were at least 15 or longer.  Their first third-down conversion didn’t come until 13:50 in the fourth quarter.  They forced three sacks, something they really struggled with previously.

 

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