Inside the Numbers: More records for Odell

Posted Dec 13, 2016's Michael Eisen takes a statistical look at the team's win over the Cowboys: 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Odell Beckham, Jr.’s 61-yard catch-and-run touchdown was the biggest play in the Giants’ 10-7 victory against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night. Actually, it was one of just two big plays in the game, the other being Dak Prescott’s 31-yard pass to Terrance Williams that accounted for the game’s only other touchdown. None of the other 127 plays in the game gained more than 19 yards.

But while Beckham’s exciting sprint to the end zone was unusual for that particular game, the long touchdown has become a relatively common occurrence for the third-year receiver.

In his 40th career game, Beckham scored his 10th touchdown that covered 50 or more yards, and his ninth of at least 60 yards. Both figures are NFL highs since he entered the league in 2014.

Beckham is closing in on the three-year NFL records from both distances. Beckham’s nine touchdown receptions of 60 or more yards are second through a player’s first three seasons, just one behind Harlon Hill’s 10. Hill spent his first eight seasons with the Chicago Bears from 1954-61. Beckham’s 10 50-yard touchdowns are the third-most in the first three years of a career, behind Hill (12) and Randy Moss (11).

Beckham has sailed past the previous Giants’ three-year records of eight 50-yard touchdowns (which was held by Homer Jones) and seven 60-yard scores (Jones and Victor Cruz, who are tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Charley Taylor for the third-highest three-year total in history).


Beckham has 3,864 career receiving yards, the second-highest total in history by a player in his first three seasons. He needs exactly 300 yards in the last three games to pass Moss (4,163).

By increasing his career yardage total to 3,864, Beckham moved past Mark Bavaro (3,722) and Earnest Gray (3,768) and into 16th place on the franchise’s career list. Lionel Manuel is 15th with 3,941.

Beckham’s four receptions on Sunday increased his career total to 266, tying him with Bavaro at No. 12 on the Giants’ career list. Cruz is 11th with 292.

*Beckham’s 34th touchdown advanced him past Plaxico Burress and into eighth place on the Giants’ career list. Three players had 35 career touchdowns: Aaron Thomas, Del Shofner and Jones.

*Romeo Okwara made his first career start Sunday night at defensive left end in place of Jason Pierre-Paul, who is sidelined after undergoing surgery last week. Okwara was the first rookie free agent defensive lineman to start a game for the Giants since Damane Duckett on Jan. 2, 2005 – also at home against Dallas.

*Okwara was the third undrafted rookie to start a game for the Giants this season, joining safety Andrew Adams and wide receiver Roger Lewis, Jr. That is the highest number of rookie free agents to start for the Giants in a non-strike season since 1980, when they had seven such starters.

*This is the first time the Giants have started two rookie free agents on defense since 2005, when linebacker Chase Blackburn (two games) and safety James Butler (one) each started.

*Okwara picked up his first career sack when he tackled Prescott for a 5-yard loss. He is the first Giants player to record a sack in his first career start since Pierre-Paul and Dave Tollefson both did it on Sept. 11, 2011 at Washington. The last Giants player with a sack in each of his first two starts was Mathias Kiwanuka in 2006.

*Okwara was the first Giants rookie free agent to register a sack since Kerry Wynn at St. Louis on Dec. 21, 2014.

*How unusual was it for the Giants to win while scoring just 10 points? According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since the 1970 merger, the Giants are 8-133-1 when scoring no more than 10 points. In the last five years – since the start of the 2012 season – NFL teams are 11-294-2 when they score 10 or fewer points.

*The Giants’ 10-7 victory against Dallas was the 13th NFL game in the last five years in which the teams combined for no more than 17 points, and the fifth this season.

*The Giants twice defeated Dallas this season by a combined four points (20-19 and 10-7), their lowest victory margin in a series sweep since 1990, when they defeated the Phoenix Cardinals by four combined points (20-19 and 24-21).

*The Giants have won 10 consecutive games in which they held the opposition to less than 20 points. Their last such loss was by16-10 to San Francisco on Nov. 16, 2014.

*The Dallas game was the third this season in which the Giants did not allow a second-half point, their highest total since 2012.

*The Giants and Cowboys struggled not only to put points on the board, but to gain yards and get first downs, as the next several paragraphs indicate. Each team finished with 260 total yards. It was the first Giants game in which neither team exceeded that total since Nov. 10, 2013, when the Giants gained 251 yards and the Oakland Raiders had 213 in a 24-20 Giants victory.

*The Giants have not gained 300 yards in any of their last three games (and won two of them), the first time that’s happened since they did it four games in a row spanning the 2013-14 seasons (last three in 2013, and the opener in 2014).

*The Giants (12) and Cowboys (13) combined for 25 first downs, the lowest total in a Giants game since Oct. 3, 2010, when they and the Bears totaled 24 first downs (just six by Chicago).

*The Giants and Cowboys were a combined 3-for-29 on third-down conversion opportunities (including 1-for-15 by Dallas). The last Giants game with so few successes on so many attempts was on Nov. 7, 2004, when the Giants and Bears also went 3-for-29 (the Giants were 1-for-14).
The last NFL game with so much third-down futility was played on Nov. 15, 2009, when Oakland and Kansas City were a combined 3-for-31.

*The Giants last had no more than two third-down conversions on at least 14 tries on Oct. 12, 2014 in Philadelphia (2-for-14). They had last held their opponents to one success on at least 15 tries on Dec. 6, 1987 (when the Eagles were 1-for-18).


*The Giants and Cowboys each punted nine times on Sunday night, the first time that’s happened in a Giants game since Dec. 24, 2011, when the Giants and Jets each had nine punts.

*The Giants trailed Dallas at halftime, 7-0. The previous week in Pittsburgh, their halftime deficit was 14-0. It’s the first time they were held scoreless in consecutive first halves since Dec. 8 and 15, 2013, when they trailed San Diego 24-0 (in a 37-14 loss) and Seattle 13-0 (in a 23-0 loss).

*This season, the Giants have won three games in which they did not score a point in the fourth quarter (beating Philadelphia, Chicago, and Dallas). They last did that in a single season in 2010. They had only two such victories in the five seasons from 2011-15 (one in 2011, one in 2012).

*The Giants have held their opponents to less than 20 points six times, the first time that’s happened since 2012.

*The Giants are 8-2 in games decided by eight points or less, the NFL’s highest victory total in such games. Oakland is 7-1, Dallas fell to 6-2 by losing to the Giants. All seven Giants home games have been decided by six points or less. The Giants are 6-1 in those games.

*If the Giants defeat Detroit on Sunday, Ben McAdoo will become fourth Giants coach to win at least 10 games in his debut season.

Coach Season Record
Allie Sherman 1961 10-3
Dan Reeves 1993 11-5
Jim Fassel 1997 10-5-1
Ben McAdoo 2016 9-4 (three games remaining)

*The game Sunday will be Eli Manning’s 100th home start. He is 56-43.

*Manning has 3,997 completions and needs three to become the seventh quarterback in history with at least 4,000.

*Manning has thrown 6,707 passes and needs 21 more throws to pass Drew Bledsoe (6,727) and move into eighth place on the league’s alltime list.

*The Giants’ victory Sunday raised Manning’s record vs. rookie quarterbacks to 10-4, including 3-0 this season (2-0 vs. Dak Prescott, 1-0 against Carson Wentz; the Giants play in Philadelphia a week from Thursday). The Giants have won five consecutive games against teams with rookie starting quarterbacks dating back to Dec. 7, 2014 in Tennessee (Zach Mettenberger).

*Manning’s 61-yard touchdown pass to Beckham against Dallas was the 12th of his career between 60-69 yards. That is higher than his total of touchdown passes between 40-49 yards (nine) and 50-59 yards (seven).

*The Giants will host the Lions on Sunday. Both teams are 9-4. It’s the first Giants game in which each team is at least five games over .500 since Dec. 19. 2010, when Giants and Eagles were both 9-4.

*According to the NFL, the Giants are one of three NFC teams that can clinch a postseason berth this week – but the right combination of results must occur. The Giants must beat Detroit, and Washington must lose and Green Bay and Minnesota must lose or tie. Washington hosts Carolina Monday night, Green Bay visits Chicago, and Minnesota hosts Indianapolis. Detroit and Seattle can clinch the NFC North and West titles, respectively, and Dallas, which has secured a playoff spot, can clinch the NFC East championship (though a Giants victory would prevent that).

*The Giants today terminated the practice squad contracts of running back George Winn and offensive lineman Laurence Gibson. They signed offensive lineman Adam Gettis to the practice squad. Gettis played in three games this season, including a start at left guard in Cleveland on Nov. 27. He was waived on Saturday, when running back Shane Vereen was activated off injured reserve.

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Week 14: L, 10-7 at Giants
Next: vs Buccaneers Running back Ezekiel Elliott had 24 carries for 107 yards. It was his sixth game this season with at least 100 yards. Elliott’s 1,392 rushing yards are the third-most by a player in his first 13 games in NFL history.


Week 14: W, 20-17 vs Bears
Next: at Giants Quarterback Matt Stafford rushed for a seven-yard touchdown with 3:17 remaining in the fourth quarter in the Lions’ 20-17 victory over Chicago. Stafford has led eight game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime this season, the most such drives by a quarterback in a single season since 1970. 


Week 14: W, 10-7 vs Cowboys 
Next: vs Lions Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. tallied a 61-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. Beckham’s touchdown was his 34th on a pass from Eli Manning, the most by any receiver. Beckham had been tied with Plaxico Burress (33).



Week 14: L, 38-10 at Packers
Next: vs Rams Seattle compiled 136 yards rushing on Sunday, led by 67 yards on 12 carries from Thomas Rawls. Through the past four weeks, the Seahawks are averaging 163.8 rushing yards per game.


Week 14: W, 16-11 vs Saints
Next: at Cowboys Running back Doug Martin had 23 carries for 66 yards and scored the Buccaneers’ only touchdown. He also caught two passes for 19 yards in the victory.


Week 14: W, 42-14 at Rams
Next: vs 49ers Atlanta linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. had three sacks, one forced fumble and a 21-yard fumble-return touchdown in the Falcons’ 42-14 win at Los Angeles. Beasley is the 10th player – and first Falcon – to record three sacks and a fumble-return touchdown in a single game since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.