Against a defense that had not allowed a touchdown in three straight weeks, the New York Giants (6-9) racked up 514 yards of offense on Sunday in a 37-27 road victory over the St. Louis Rams (6-9).
On the second-to-last NFL Monday before Big Blue concludes its 2014 season at home against the Philadelphia Eagles (9-6), Giants.com rounds up what experts and analysts are saying about the team:
"If the Giants are looking for reasons to feel good about their team going into next season, this game was loaded with them. The Rams had not allowed a touchdown since Week 12, but the Giants scored four of them and rolled up 514 yards in the process. Quarterback Eli Manning was 25-for-32 for a season-high 391 yards and three touchdowns. Odell Beckham Jr. was incredible again, with eight catches for 148 yards and a pair of touchdown catches, including an 80-yarder in the third quarter. Rueben Randle went for more than 100 receiving yards and caught a touchdown. Andre Williams had 100 rushing yards. Orleans Darkwa scored a rushing touchdown. I mean, everybody was into the act here. It was as complete an offensive performance as the Giants have delivered all season, especially when you consider they were facing one of the league's toughest defenses."
"Orleans Darkwa. Ever hear of him? The Giants running back officially is on this season's all-name team—and he made a couple big plays, forcing a fumble for the Giants on a Ram kickoff and rushing for a 12-yard touchdown."
"GRADE: A. Eli threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns against St. Louis. The Giants 37 points was impressive because it came against a Rams defense that had only given up an average of 9.2 points per game over the past five weeks, including a Week 11 game where the Rams held Peyton Manning to seven points."
"The New York Giants are peaking behind a rookie that no one can cover. They all have Odell Beckham Jr.'s back, too. Beckham caught two touchdowns and rolled up 118 of his 148 yards receiving in the second half after absorbing two late hits in a 37-27 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The Rams hadn't allowed a TD in three straight games."
"The Giants (6-9) have won three straight games and are trying to finish strong after a mostly dismal season. Beckham has been the greatest revelation and he once again dominated, with eight receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns. But he didn't do it alone, as Eli Manning was nearly perfect, shredding what was supposed to be a fierce Rams' defense, not only finding Beckham but also Rueben Randle (6 catches, 132 yards, one touchdown) and getting solid work on the ground from rookie running back Andre Williams (26 carries, 110 yards). But it was Beckham, again, who provided the most memorable moments."
"You could not take your eyes off Odell Beckham Jr. again Sunday. As he has been for his entire NFL career, all 11 games of it, the Giants' dynamic wide receiver was at the center of everything that transpired inside the Edward Jones Dome in Sunday's 37-27 victory over the Rams. Beckham caught two more touchdown passes from Eli Manning, broke a handful more records, and emerged the league's first rookie this season to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for receiving in yet another remarkable performance. It was the Giants' third consecutive victory down the stretch of a season that became more about pride than playoffs."
"The Rams' back-to-back shutouts feels like forever ago now. The Giants torched the Rams in their own building, piling up 514 yards on Gregg Williams' defense. The Rams have plenty of talent on their roster, but consider Sunday a reminder they shouldn't be gloating about their organizational success just yet. Eli Manning is quietly on the way to perhaps the best statistical season of his career. The Giants quarterback was locked in on Sunday, finishing 25 of 32 for 391 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Manning, 33, already has two Super Bowl MVP awards on his resume. A couple more seasons like this and he's a veritable lock for Canton. Beckham could be the guy who puts Eli over the top."