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Inside the Numbers: Beckham reaches new heights

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Giants.com's Michael Eisen takes a statistical look at Odell Beckham Jr.'s record-setting year:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – At this point, it's tempting to name this weekly statistical notebook the Odell Beckham, Jr. Report, because his achievements routinely dominate the proceedings. But for now, we'll settle for simply listing his otherworldly numbers.


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And this week delivered plenty more of them. Beckham's statistics in the Giants' 17-6 victory against the Detroit Lions on Sunday were relatively pedestrian - for him. He had six receptions for 64 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown. But it thrust his career numbers into areas he either inhabits alone, or resides with very little company.

With two games remaining, Beckham has caught 85 passes for 1,173 yards and 10 touchdowns. In his first two seasons, he caught 91 and then 96 passes, finished with 1,305 and 1,450 receiving yards, and scored 12 and 13 touchdowns. In 41 games, he has 272 catches for 3,928 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Beckham is the first player in NFL history to record at least 80 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons.

He is also the only player in history with at least 80 receptions and 10 touchdown catches in each of his first three seasons.

But he doesn't complete the circle alone. Beckham is one of three players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in each of his first three seasons, joining John Jefferson (1978-1980) and Randy Moss (1998-2000).

Redundancy alert: Beckham is the only player ever to begin a career with three seasons of at least 85 receptions, 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns.

To further break it down, Beckham is the first player in NFL history with at least 85 catches in each of his first three seasons.

Beckham is one of five players – and one of three active players - with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons. The others are Jefferson, Moss, A.J. Green and Mike Evans.

Finally, he is one of five players – one of two who are active – with at least 10 touchdown receptions in each of his first three seasons. The others are Pro Football Hall of Famer Bob Hayes, Jefferson, Moss, and New England tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Beckham is also the first Giants player with at least 10 touchdown receptions in three different seasons.

•  Beckham's 35 touchdown passes are the most in the NFL since the start of the 2014 season. They also leave him in a four-way tie for fifth place on the Giants' career list with Homer Jones, Del Shofner and Aaron Thomas.

•  Sterling Shepard's accomplishments are sometimes eclipsed by Beckham's long shadow, but he is having one of the finest seasons by a rookie receiver in Giants history. It's not Beckham-esque, but it's impressive.

Shepard's 55 catches mark the third-highest total for all Giants rookies, and second among wide receivers. Beckham had 91 receptions in his first season in 2014, and tight end Jeremy Shockey had 74 in 2002.

Shepard's 592 yards rank second among NFL rookies (behind New Orleans' Michael Thomas' 883 yards), and his seven touchdown receptions are tied for second among the league's rookies (with San Diego tight end Henry Hunter, one behind Thomas) and tied for fourth among all rookies in Giants history (with Bobby Johnson, who had seven in 1984).

•  While the Giants' passing game is posting impressive numbers, the rushing attack continues to struggle. The Giants are averaging 81.2 yards per game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is their lowest figure since they averaged 76.9 yards on the ground in 1945.

•  The Giants have not had an individual 100-yard rusher this year. They last played an entire season without a 100-yard rusher in 1996.

•  The Giants are one of five teams that has yet to score 30 points in a game this season (joining Chicago, Cleveland, Houston and San Francisco).

•  The Giants are allowing 17.9 points a game, the fewest they've given up since 2002, when their opponents scored 17.4 points-per-game.

•  Giants opponents have scored touchdowns on a league-low 40 percent of their trips inside the 20-yard line (16 of 40). That is their best defensive red zone performance since 2001, when they gave up touchdowns 37 percent of the time (through the full 16-game season).

•  The Giants did not commit a turnover in their 17-6 victory last week against Detroit. They have won five in a row, 11 of 12, and 18 of their last 20 games in which they did not have an offensive turnover.

•  The game against Detroit was completed in 2:51. It was the shortest Giants game since Nov. 17, 2013, when the Giants defeated Green Bay, 27-13, in 2:45.

•  Eli Manning will play in his 200th regular-season game for the Giants on Thursday (and make his 198th consecutive start). The first game Manning ever played in was also in Philadelphia, on Sept. 12, 2004. He will become the fourth player in franchise history to play at least 200 games:

GIANTS / MOST CAREER GAMES PLAYED:

  1. Michael Strahan    216
  2. Howard Cross    207
  3. George Martin    201
  4. Eli Manning    199

•  Manning was sacked twice by the Lions; the Giants are 78-78 in games in which he is sacked at least once.

•  The Giants will face rookie quarterback Carson Wentz and the Eagles in Philadelphia on Thursday night. Manning is 10-4 against rookie quarterbacks, including 3-0 this season (2-0 vs. Dak Prescott, 1-0 vs. Wentz).

•  Esoteric Note of the Week: Detroit's Matthew Stafford completed a 67-yard pass Sunday to Golden Tate. The last time the Giants gave up a pass of exactly 67 yards, the quarterback was Stafford – but the receiver was Calvin Johnson, on Sept. 8, 2014 in Detroit.

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