The New York Giants offense was firing on all cylinders today, putting up 38 points on the lowly Buccaneers defense. All the stars were out with big games by running back Saquon Barkley, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and a vintage performance by quarterback Eli Manning. Manning lead the offense to a season high point total, and leading the New York Football Giants to their first win streak in 700 days.
Two early touchdowns by Saquon Barkley ran the Giants lead up to 14-0, one on a six yard pass from Manning and one on a five yard run. An Alec Ogletree pick six and an Aldrick Rosas field goal pushed the Giants lead up to 24-14 going into the fourth quarter. A Beckham receiving touchdown increased the Giants lead to 31-14 with thirteen minutes to go. A comeback led by Buccaneer backup quarterback Jameis Winston cut the Giants lead to three, but than a rushing touchdown by Saquon Barkley put the game out of reach, keeping a late Buccaneers touchdown from affecting the final score, 38-35.
Barkley continued his great rookie season, putting up one hundred and fifty-two total scrimmage yards and three touchdowns. Pat Shurmur came out of the Monday Night matchup with the San Francisco 49ers with the gameplan to clearly feature the stud rookie, giving him a team-high twenty-nine touches. Barkley continues to be the best offensive rookie in football, putting himself in pole position for offensive rookie of the year.
Odell Beckham Jr. continued his recent string of good performances, catching four passes on four targets for seventy-four yards and a touchdown, his fourth on the season. The Giants are 2-0 since Odell Beckham called his shot, saying the Giants will finish the season 7-0, bringing their record to 9-7. With the obvious gameplan to feature Barkley, Beckham makes the most with his smaller role in the offense.
Eli Manning had one of his best games in the season, completing 17-18 pass attempts, throwing for two hundred and thirty one yards, two touchdowns and posting a passer rating of 155.8. Perhaps the most important statistic of Manning’s day is the fact that he threw zero interceptions. In a game where the Giants leaned heavily on Saquon Barkley, Manning not turning the ball over allowed the Giants to put the ball in their playmakers hands consistently.
The Buccaneers continued to struggle defensively, allowing over thirty points for the seventh time this season. The Bucs also continued to lose the turnover battle, turning the ball over four times to the Giants zero. Three of those turnovers were interceptions by starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was benched for backup Qqarterback Jameis Winston after his third interception.
The Giants have won two straight and are now three games back of the division leading Washington Redskins. After the devastating, season-ending injury to Redskins quarterback Alex Smith, the NFC East is more wide open than ever and truly anyone’s division. The Giants will look to add to their win streak and move closer to an improbable second-half resurgence when they welcome the struggling, defending champion Philadelphia Eagles into MetLife Stadium next Sunday.