The New York Giants won their sixth straight game on Sunday as they defeated the Cleveland Browns 27-13 to improve to 8-3. Here are the game balls including Odell Beckham Jr. snagging one.
The Giants offense continues to struggle and they were actually outgained in total yards by the Browns 343 to 296, and only managed 13 first downs to the Browns 21. There are also concerns over their kicking game as Robbie Gould missed an extra point that could have been costly. It was Gould’s third missed extra point in two weeks.
Still, a win is a win and the Giants now have their longest winning streak since 2008 and have a firm grasp on the fifth seed in the NFC wildcard race.
There were three players the stood out in the win and they deserve game balls.
JPP is being to look like the All-Pro defensive end he was several years ago as he had his best game of the year on Sunday. He had had seven tackles, three sacks, and ran back a Josh McCown fumble 43 yards interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that put the Giants up 20-6. It was the third touchdown of JPP’s career and his first since 2013. He also forced and had three hits on quarterback Josh McCown.
What makes his performance remarkable is that he was questionable heading into this game with a knee injury. Don’t be surprised if JPP is named NFC Defensive Player Of The Week.
2. Odell Beckham Jr.
Some thought Beckham may have a modest game since it was assumed that covered often by Joe Haden. But they were wrong OBJ fought through a thumb injury and had six receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns. His second touchdown came from four yards out with 5:10 remaining in the game to seal the win.
With the offense sputtering, Beckham was the only reliable playmaker the Giants had on Sunday. He also returned three punts for 35 yards and would have scored his first punt return for a touchdown if not for a holding penalty on Mark Herzlich.
Hankins had his finest game of the season against the Browns. He had three tackles, 1.5 sacks and forced the fumble that JPP ran back 43 yards for a touchdown. He and fellow defensive tackle Damon Harrison were the primary reason the Giants held the Browns to just 58 rushing yards for the game.
Efforts like this will be needed by JPP, OBJ and Hankins as the Giants begin a difficult five-game stretch to end the season, starting with the Pittsburgh Steelers.