The Giants win another nail biter. They not only defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 21-20, last night. They managed to do it by running out the clock with their offense on the field, something they have not been able to do at other times this season. Can you believe it? Their 6-3.
The Giants, last in the league in rushing yards per game entering the game, got the ball at their own 41-yard line with 3:01 to play and protecting that one-point lead. They sealed the game with five consecutive runs by Rashad Jennings, including a 9-yard run on third-and-6 after Cincinnati used its final timeout with 2:50 to play, and a season-long 25-yard run two plays later that allowed the Giants to go into victory formation. When is the last time we saw that?
Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes. Odell Beckham Jr. caught 10 passes for 97 yards. In the process he became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 3,500 receiving yards, doing so in his 36th career game. Lance Alworth (one of my favorite players as a kid) held the previous record of 37 games.
The defense continues to play better. It was solid. The Bengals were held to 2 out of 11 conversions on 3rd down. That was the difference in this game. The Giants stopped the Bengals and the Bengals did not stop the Giants enough times. Second-year safety Landon Collins snuffed out a Cincinnati drive with an interception at the Giants’ 38-yard line. He returned the ball to the Bengals’ 41-yard line with 11:22 left in the game. That makes three straight games with an interception for Collins.
At 6-3, the Giants have now equaled their win total from each of the past two seasons. I wanna believe that they are the real deal. They play the Bears and Browns. Monsters of the Midwest they are not. Get your business done. You’ll be 8-3 and headed into Pittsburgh. That game will (virtually) earn you a playoff spot if the Giants execute better. Roethlisberger, Bell and Brown are men. They will offer a test. The Giants final 5 games are against credible opponents. They play PIT, DAL, DET, PHL and WAS. They can win all 5 games. They can lose all 5 games. Lets take it one game at a time.
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