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Fact or Fiction: How great was Beckham's catch?


Odell Beckham Jr.'s catch last week was the best in Giants history. **


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JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -If the David Tyree helmet catch had happened in a regular season game, I would go fact. But you can't run from the fact that it happened on the Giants' game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLII. The freakish athleticism of Beckham does not trump the timing and drama of Tyree.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -I understand there was an element of luck with David Tyree's play -- and Eli Manning's escape was as remarkable as the catch -- but come on, we're talking about the Super Bowl. The significance of that sequence doesn't get much bigger in the history of all of sports, period. Beckham's will go down as one for the ages, but I don't think it dethrones Tyree's, which had the "wow" factor both for the athleticism of the play and its stage.

There will be an NFL team in London within 5 years.


JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction - **We aren't there…. Yet. But I think there might be one within ten years. The NFL is clearly building an audience there and there are enough fans to fill a building. I just don't know how travel and scheduling would be handled if west coast teams had to travel there regularly.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -The momentum hasn't slowed down since the international series began, but I just don't see it happening in the near future…or ever. It's one thing to be like the NBA, NHL, and MLB and have teams in Canada, but the time difference and the logistics of west coast teams traveling across the pond make it a very difficult proposition.

Beckham is the frontrunner for the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.


JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction - **He missed too many games, so I would still look to Mike Evans of Tampa or Kelvin Benjamin of Carolina to win that award. Another sleeper is offensive lineman Zack Martin, who many consider to already be one of the best guards in the NFL. These awards are rarely given to offensive linemen, but given his impact on the Cowboys, it might be warranted this year.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -If he hadn't missed the first four games, I'd say "fact" for sure. He's one of the most popular players in the league right now, let alone rookies, but not having that first quarter of the season might hurt him in this race. And since linemen never win this thing, take your pick from this incredibly productive rookie class of wide receivers.

Eli Manning will set a career-best for touchdown passes this season. He currently has 21 through 11 games.


JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - **The Giants play against some struggling defenses the rest of the year, and Manning should be able to average two touchdowns a game, which would tie his career high of 31. I'll give him one more for good measure, which would be a new career high for him. The one thing that could stop him? Bad weather in the Giants home games against Washington and Philly.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -He's on pace to hit 31 exactly, which would tie his career high. I think he gets that extra one to put him over the top, especially with the emergence of Beckham and the return of Rashad Jennings to take some of the pressure off the offense. And while the Giants can't overlook anyone, their last five games are against teams in the bottom half of the league in points allowed.

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