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Inside the Numbers: Beckham Jr.'s impressive stats continue


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Odell Beckham Jr. has started each of the Giants' 12 games, meaning he has played in as many games this season as he did when he was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2014.

And while his statistics aren't quite as spectacular as they were when he had the greatest debut year ever by an NFL wide receiver, he is crafting one of the finest seasons by a wideout in Giants history.

Here's the 12-game comparison for Beckham's first two professional seasons:

2014 2015
Receptions 91 78
Yards 1,305 1,154
Touchdowns 12 10

With four games remaining, Beckham is on pace to finish with 104 catches for 1,538 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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Should he reach those numbers, he will be second on the franchise's single-season list for receptions (behind Steve Smith's 107 in 2009), No. 1 in yardage (by two yards; Victor Cruz holds the record with 1,536 in 2011), and tie Homer Jones' 1967 mark for most receiving touchdowns in a season.

In the Giants' 23-20 overtime loss to the Jets on Sunday, Beckham caught six passes for 149 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown. It was his 22nd consecutive game with at least four receptions, the NFL's second-longest active streak behind Atlanta's Julio Jones (32).

Since the start of the 2014 season, Beckham has 14 games with 100 or more receiving yards. Only Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown, with 15, has a higher total during that time.

Beckham's seven 100-yard receiving games this season tie him for the league lead with the Jets' Brandon Marshall and Brown.

Beckham has eight career games with at least 140 receiving yards, the most ever by any player in his first two NFL seasons. The previous record of six was shared by Houston's Bill Groman (1960-61) and San Francisco's Jerry Rice (1985-86).

Beckham's 2,459 yards is the highest total ever for a player in his first 24 games.

Beckham is the first receiver in Giants history with five consecutive 100-yard games. The last NFL player with such a streak was Denver's Demaryius Thomas, who had seven consecutive 100-yard games in 2014.

At age 23, Beckham is the second-youngest player in league history with five straight games of 100 or more receiving yards. The only other player to do so at age 23 or younger was Isaac Bruce of the Rams in 1995.

In 12 career home games, Beckham has 87 catches for 1,401 yards (116.8 per game) and 12 touchdowns.

Beckham's long score against the Jets gave him double-digit touchdown receptions in each of his first two seasons. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the seventh player in history to accomplish that feat, and the first since New England tight end Rob Gronkowski did it his first three years from 2010-12.

Beckham's 22 touchdowns are one shy of the Del Shofner's record for the most receiving scores in the first two seasons of a Giants career. Shofner set the record in 1961-62. Beckham already holds the records for receptions (169) and yards (2,459) by a player in his first two Giants seasons.

This season, Eli Manning has thrown 133 passes to Beckham, placing the receiver fourth among the NFL's most frequently-targeted players:

Player Team Targets
Julio Jones Atlanta 159
DeAndre Hopkins Houston 153
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 138
Odell Beckham Jr. Giants 133
Brandon Marshall Jets 131

• The Giants need to find a way to win more often when Beckham has a big game. They are 5-9 when Beckham has at least 100 receiving yards. Under Tom Coughlin, they are 37-37 when at least one receiver has 100 or more yards. They are 45-13 under Coughlin when they have a 100-yard rusher, but haven't had one in 13 consecutive games.

• With his 80-yard punt return touchdown on Sunday, Dwayne Harris became the first player in Giants history with touchdowns on a punt return, kickoff return and a reception in the same season. In addition to his score vs. the Jets, Harris had a 100-yard kickoff return vs. Dallas, and he has four touchdown catches. The last NFL player with punt and kickoff return touchdowns, plus at least four receiving touchdowns, was Seattle's Nate Burleson in 2007.

• Harris' 80-yard punt return was the longest by a Giants player since Tiki Barber's 85-yarder vs. Dallas on Oct. 18, 1999.

• Manning's 72-yard touchdown pass to Beckham was his 14th career completion of at least 70 yards. The Giants have scored on all of them.

• After the loss to the Jets on Sunday, Eli Manning is 23-23 as a starter vs. AFC teams. The Giants play their final AFC opponent of the season Monday night in Miami.

• The Jets sacked Manning three times for 16 yards in losses on Sunday, pushing the quarterback's career total past the 300-sack mark. In his 12-year career, Manning has now absorbed 301 sacks for losses totaling 2,099 yards.

• The loss to the Jets was the Giants' first in overtime in more than 10 years. They had last lost an overtime game on Nov. 27, 2005 in Seattle, 24-21 (a game in which Jay Feely missed field goal attempts on the Giants' final three possessions, including two in overtime; current Giants kicker Josh Brown won the game with a 36-yarder 12:15 into overtime). Between the two defeats, the Giants won six consecutive regular-season overtimes games, which had been the NFL's longest active streak. They also won the 2007 and 2011 NFC Championship Games in overtime. Minnesota and Oakland now have the longest current streaks, with four straight victories in overtime games.

• The Giants have rushed for at least 100 yards just twice in their first 12 games for the first time in their history. They ran for 100 yards twice in the entire 1945 season, when they played only 10 games.

• The Giants have lost five games this season in which they led in the fourth quarter. But they are not alone in their misery; Seattle is 7-5, but led in the fourth quarter of all five losses. This is the first time since 1995 the Giants have lost five games in which they owned a fourth-quarter lead.

• The Giants lost Sunday despite sacking Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick three times. Under Coughlin, the Giants are 54-22 when they register three or more sacks.

• Fitzpatrick threw for 390 yards on Sunday, dropping the Giants' record to 17-24 under Coughlin in games in which an opposing quarter passes for 300 or more yards.

• Against the Jets, the Giants held the ball on a second-half drive for 11:21. The series ended when Manning threw an interception on fourth down. It was just the third Giants drive since 1993 in which they held the ball for more 10:35 – and they didn't score on any of them. On Oct. 31, 1993, a drive against the Jets that took 10:45 ended with a Phil Simms' fumble at the one-yard line. That was the Giants' last loss to the Jets before Sunday. On Nov. 7, 2010, the Giants held the ball for the final 13 minutes in a 41-7 rout of the Seahawks. That series ended with three kneel-downs.  

• This week, the Giants will face the Dolphins and interim coach Dan Campbell, former Giants tight end. In 20 years as an NFL head coach, Coughlin is 24-14 against first-year head coaches, including 15-10 with the Giants.

• Since Manning made the first of his 179 consecutive starts on Nov. 21, 2004, the Dolphins have used 13 different starting quarterbacks: A.J. Feeley, Sage Rosenfels (who was Manning's backup in 2010), Gus Frerotte, Daunte Culpepper, Joey Harrington, Cleo Lemon, Trent Green, John Beck, Chad Pennington, Chad Henne, Tyler Thigpen, Matt Moore, and current starter Ryan Tannehill.

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