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Inside the Numbers: Odell could set NFL mark

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Giants.com's Michael Eisen goes inside the numbers for a look at Odell Beckham's record-season:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -In 1932, Ray Flaherty led the NFL with 350 receiving yards (on a league-best 21 catches). In the 84 years since then, no other Giants player has finished the season No. 1 in the league in receiving yards. But Odell Beckham, Jr. has a chance to finish first in that statistical category this season.


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Beckham will enter the Giants' regular-season finale Sunday in Washington with 1,323 receiving yards. That is second in the NFL, 30 yards behind Indianapolis' T.Y. Hilton (and 10 yards ahead of Atlanta's Julio Jones). The receiver who has the most productive game on Sunday will lead the league in yardage. If it's Beckham, he will end a drought of more than eight decades for the Giants.

Beckham needs 128 yards to top the 1,450 he posted last season. That is the second–highest total in franchise history, behind Victor Cruz's 1,536 yards in 2011.

With 96 receptions, Beckham has matched his total for the 2015 season and needs four to become the second player in Giants history with 100 in a season; Steve Smith set the franchise record with 107 in 2009.

Beckham has 10 touchdown receptions. He had 13 last season, when he tied the franchise single-season record set by Homer Jones in 1967.

•  Beckham's 11 receptions last week in Philadelphia increased his career total to 283. That moved him past his friend and former LSU teammate Jarvis Landry (279) for the highest total in NFL history for a player in his first three seasons. With 4,078 yards, he needs 84 to break Randy Moss' three-year record of 4,163. With Beckham, nothing seems impossible, except perhaps setting the record for most touchdown receptions in a player's first three seasons. He has 35. Moss had 43. But if he has a really big game in Washington…

•  Beckham's 150-yard performance last week in Philadelphia was his 13th game with at least 125 receiving yards. He passed Moss (12) for the most in NFL history in a player's first three seasons.

•  Beckham's 60 points lead the Giants by 12 points over fellow receiver Sterling Shepard. Kicker Robbie Gould is third with 43 points. Beckham is on track to become the first non-kicker to lead the Giants in scoring since 1992, when Rodney Hampton finished with 84 points (14 touchdowns). The last wide receiver to lead the Giants in scoring was Jones in 1967 (also 84 points; he had 13 touchdowns receiving and one rushing).

•  With 150 receiving yards against the Eagles, Beckham moved past Lionel Manuel (3,941) and into 15th place on the Giants' career list with 4,078.

•  Victor Cruz had eight catches in Philadelphia to increase his career total to 301. That moved him past Kyle Rote (300) and into 10th place on the franchise's career list. Beckham's 283 receptions place him 12th.

•  Beckham, Cruz and Shepard were targeted by Eli Manning a combined 44 times against the Eagles. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that tied the NFL season high by a trio of wide receivers in a single game this season (Green Bay's Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery on Oct. 20). The Giants' trio totaled 26 receptions; Adams, Cobb, and Montgomery had 34, the most by a wideout threesome this year.

•  In Philadelphia, Manning threw 63 passes without getting sacked. That was the highest number of passes thrown by an NFL quarterback without a sack since Sept. 21, 2008, when Tampa Bay's Brian Griese threw 67 passes in an overtime victory in Chicago. The NFL record is 70 passes without being sacked, set by New England's Drew Bledsoe against on Nov. 13, 1994, in an overtime victory vs. Minnesota.

•  The Giants became the 16th consecutive team to lose when throwing 60 or more passes. The last team to put the ball in the air so often and win was Griese's Buccaneers, who beat the Bears in overtime, 27-24, on Sept. 21, 2008.

•  Manning's 13-yard touchdown pass to Shepard was his 18th in Lincoln Financial Field. That is tied for his highest total in an opposing team's stadium; he has also thrown for 18 scores in Dallas' AT&T Stadium.

•  That touchdown pass was the 320th of Manning's career. Exactly 200 of them have been from one to 19 yards.

Length of Eli Manning's 320 career touchdown passes:

1-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70-79 80-89 90-99
Yards Yards Yards Yards Yards Yards Yards Yards Yards Yards
140 60 47 28 9 7 12 10 5 2

•  Manning has thrown for 3,847 yards this season and needs 153 to reach 4,000 for the third consecutive season and the sixth time in his career.

•  The Giants converted 10 of 22 third-down opportunities against the Eagles. The 22 chances are the most the Giants have had in a game since Nov. 20, 1983, when they also converted 10 of 22 third downs in a game in Philadelphia. They won that game, 23-0. The 22 third-down opportunities were the most for an NFL team since Baltimore also had 22 on Sept. 5, 2013 at Denver.

•  The Eagles jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first 6:40 last Thursday. It was the fastest a Giants opponent scored two touchdowns since Nov. 11, 2012, when the Bengals took a 14-0 lead in the first 4:07 of what became a 31-13 Cincinnati victory.

•  The Giants had a 184-yard advantage in total yards (470-286) and a 188-yard advantage in passing yards (356-168). It was their largest lead in those categories in a loss since Sept. 26, 2010, when they were defeated by Tennessee despite having 200 more total yards (471-271) and 254 more passing yards (364-110).

•  Rashad Jennings' 44 rushing yards in Philadelphia increased his three-year total with the Giants to 2,041 yards. He is the 19th player to rush for at least 2,000 yards for the Giants.

•  The Giants' longest run this season is 25 yards, by Shane Vereen against Washington on Sept. 25. The last season in which the Giants did not have a run longer than 25 yards was 1982 – but that was a strike-shortened nine-game season. It's never happened in a 16-game season.

•  Robbie Gould kicked four field goals against the Eagles, the 11th time in his career he had at least four three-pointers in a game.

•  Philadelphia somehow had only one penalty for five yards, the first Giants opponent with such low numbers since Dallas also had one for five on Oct. 23, 2006.

•  If the Giants defeat Washington, Ben McAdoo will tie Dan Reeves (1993) for the most victories by a Giants head coach in his first season with the team:

Coach Season Record
Allie Sherman 1961 10-3
Dan Reeves 1993 11-5
Jim Fassel 1997 10-5-1
Ben McAdoo 2016 10-5 (one game remains)

•  The Giants' final two 2017 opponents will be decided in Week 17. The NFL scheduling formula has the Giants playing both the AFC and NFC West next season. In addition to their home-and-home series with NFC East rivals Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington, the Giants will host Los Angeles, Seattle, Kansas City and San Diego. This season, the Giants' longest trip was to Dallas. Next year, they will travel to Arizona, San Francisco, Denver and Oakland. Their final two games are determined by their second-place finish in the NFC East. They will host the second-place team from the NFC North (the loser of Sunday night's Detroit-Green Bay game), and visit the second-place team in the NFC South. That's currently Tampa Bay, but if the Buccaneers lose Sunday to Carolina and New Orleans defeats Atlanta, the Saints will finish second based on a better record against common opponents (7-5 to 6-6).

•  Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and current FOX lead NFL analyst Troy Aikman studies the league as thoroughly as anyone, and publishes his weekly and widely-read Aikman ratings. This week, Aikman has placed the Giants' defense No. 1 in his rankings. Officially the Giants are 11th in the league in yards allowed (330.6 per game) and third in scoring (18.3 points a game), but Aikman's formula for ranking offenses and defenses has the Giants D in the top spot.

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