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Inside the Numbers: Odell shatters record books

Posted Nov 30, 2016

Giants.com's Michael Eisen takes a statistical look at Odell Beckham Jr.'s impressive numbers:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – This won’t exactly qualify as a surprise, but Odell Beckham, Jr. is zeroing in on more records and about to join some elite company in other statistical categories.

The electrifying wide receiver has 252 receptions in his three years in a Giants uniform. That is just eight shy of the record for most catches by a player in his first three NFL seasons; Cincinnati’s A.J. Green had 260 from 2011-13. With five games remaining, Beckham should cruise past that mark.

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But there’s a caveat. Beckham could easily surpass Green and still not own the record when the season ends. That’s because Miami’s Jarvis Landry – Beckham’s close friend and former LSU teammate - has 258 reception and will likely pass Green this weekend. But here’s the catch about the catches. Beckham has played in 38 games and is averaging a bit more than 6.6 catches per contest. Landry has played in all 43 games in his career and averages about half a catch less a game. Now they’re separated by six receptions with five games to go. This race could go right down to the season’s final quarter.

Beckham is also within striking distance for the three-year receiving yardage record. Randy Moss currently holds that mark with 4,163 from 1998-2000. Beckham is at 3,670, so he needs 494 to surpass him. That’s 98.6 yards a game – challenging, but for Beckham, doable. Landry, despite having six more catches, has more than 1,000 fewer yards than his friend (2,648), so he’s not getting that record.

The three-year record for touchdown receptions will be a little more difficult to attain. Moss scored 43. Beckham has 33. But if anyone can score 10 touchdowns in the last five games, it’s Beckham. Landry, by the way, has 11 touchdowns.

•  Beckham already has obliterated the previous Giants’ three-year records in those categories, which were all held by Hakeem Nicks: receptions (252-202), Yards (3,670-3,034), and touchdown catches (33-24). Beckham had 25 career touchdown receptions at the end of the 2015 season, so he actually broke the three-year record in just two seasons.

•  Beckham had two receiving touchdowns last Sunday in Cleveland, the ninth time he’s caught multiple scoring passes in a game. That tied the Giants mark also shared by Homer Jones and Joe Morrison.

The nine multi-touchdown games leaves Beckham tied for fourth among NFL players in their first three seasons. Rob Gronkowski had 12, Jerry Rice 11, and Bill Groman 10. Bob Hayes, John Jefferson and Moss had nine apiece. Of course, Beckham has five more opportunities to move up the list.

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•  Beckham has 3,670 yards in 38 games. The record for the fewest number of games to reach 4,000 yards is held by Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth, who did it in 42 games.

•  This season, Beckham has 65 receptions for 915 yards and eight touchdowns. With 85 more yards, he will become the fifth player with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first three NFL seasons, joining Green, Jefferson, Moss, and Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans (who passed the 1,000-yard mark for the third time on Sunday).

If Beckham scores two more touchdowns, he will become the fifth player with at least 10 receiving scores in each of their first three NFL seasons, joining Gronkowski, Jefferson, Moss, and Hayes, also a Hall of Famer.

•  Beckham’s three multi-touchdown games this season tie Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown and Evans for the league high.

•  Beckham made his debut in Week 5 of the 2014 season. Since then, his 33 touchdown receptions lead the league, followed by Brown (28) and Evans (24).

•  By raising his career total to 252 receptions in Cleveland, Beckham jumped ahead of Aaron Thomas (247) and into 13th place on the Giants’ career list.

•  Beckham’s running mate at receiver, Victor Cruz, has one reception in each of the last three games he’s played - for 48, 46 and 37 yards. Cruz is the first Giants player with three consecutive catches of at least 37 yards since Lionel Manuel in 1984.

•  In Cleveland, Eli Manning threw at least three touchdown passes for the fifth time this year, tying the career-high for three-touchdown games in a single season he previously set in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

•  The Giants are 25-6 when Manning throws exactly three touchdown passes.

•  The victory in Cleveland was Manning’s 50th on the road. He is 55-43 at home and 50-46 as the visiting starting quarterback.

•  The game against the Browns was Manning’s 50th regular-season start against an AFC team. He is 27-23 and has thrown 75 touchdown passes and 48 interceptions vs. AFC opponents.

•  Josh McCown was the 86th different starting quarterback Manning has faced. Hue Jackson was the 73rd different head coach.

•  The Giants, Detroit and Washington have had all of their games within one score in the fourth quarter this season. There have been 135 games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 12, the most such games in the first 12 weeks of a season in NFL history.

•  Jason Pierre-Paul’s 3.0 sacks on Sunday raised his career total to 50.0. He is the seventh player in Giants history with at least 50 sacks (since they became an official statistic in 1982). Justin Tuck is sixth on the franchise list with 60.5 sacks.

•  JPP is the first Giants player with at least three sacks and a touchdown in the same game since George Martin on Nov. 24, 1985 at St. Louis, and the first NFL player to accomplish the feat since Dallas’ Demarcus Ware on Jan. 2, 2011 at Philadelphia.

•  Pierre-Paul has three career touchdowns, second among active NFL defensive ends (J.J. Watt has five).

•  The Giants have won nine straight games when holding the opposition to less than 20 points

•  The Giants have missed four extra points this season, the first time that’s happened since 1975 (that’s only missed kicks, not PATs that were unsuccessful because of a bad snap, a block, etc.).

•  This week, two elite quarterbacks from the 2004 NFL Draft, Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, will face each other in Pittsburgh. Manning, Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers – another member of that class, who was traded by the Giants to San Diego for Manning – are all in the top 15 in history in passing yards and touchdown passes. The only draft class that has even two players ranking in the top 15 in each of those categories is 1983: Dan Marino and John Elway.

•  In Pittsburgh, Ben McAdoo can become the first head coach since Jim Harbaugh (2011) to win seven consecutive games as a rookie head coach. Miami Dolphins first-year head coach Adam Gase can also accomplish the feat on Sunday (on the road at the other AFC North-co-leader, Baltimore).