What did we learn Sunday when the New York Giants won their third straight game, defeating the St. Louis Rams, 37-27? Quite a bit actually. Here are five things worth discussing.
Odell Beckham Can Get Under An Opponents' Skin
Whether you think it's good or bad, and sometimes it can probably be both, there is no doubt Odell Beckham Jr. can get under the skin of the opposition and turn himself into a target for opposing defenses.
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Kerry Wynn Is No Fluke
OK, so Giants fans have waited ... and waited ... and waited for a young, play-making defensive end to get his opportunity and turn into a force opposite Jason Pierre-Paul. Well, Kerry Wynn has done just that. After spending the first 11 games of the season on the inactive list, the undrafted free agent rookie from Richmond has become a key part of the resurgence of the Giants' defensive line.
Sunday, Wynn had an interception, a fumble recovery -- both career firsts -- and a sack. He drew praise from Tom Coughlin:
"Kerry Wynn ought to be recognized for some of the things he's doing as a young player and taking advantage of his opportunities," Coughlin said.
Tom, consider him officially recognized.
Sometimes You See Some Really Crazy Stuff
And it's even crazier when that stuff involves a placekicker. Josh Brown of the giants got himself involved in two insane plays Sunday afternoon.
First, he mule-kicked a Rams player and drew a penalty.
Then Brown was victimized by the coolest blocked field goal you will ever see. Which we can discuss without getting all bummed out about because a) it was really cool and b) the Giants won, anyway. Give it up for Daren Bates of the Rams.
Tom Coughlin Has Jumped The Shark
Coughlin talked during the week about the Giants needing to be "innovative" to find unexpected ways to get the ball to Beckham. Never, ever thought I would see the day though that Coughlin signed off on running a "Wildcat" play, especially with Eli Manning as quarterback.
It happened the very first time the Giants had the ball, with Beckham taking a direct snap while Manning was lined up wide to the left. The play ended up gaining nothing, as Beckham looked to try to throw but had to pull the ball down. Still. Tom Coughlin? Wildcat? Option passes with a wide receiver? We've seen onside kicks. Reverses. Are we going to see a fake punt next week against the Eagles? Eli keeping the ball on a read-option? Maybe the old man has lost his mind.
There Is A Lot To Be Optimistic About
Look at how many young players made huge contributions on Sunday. Beckham is a star, of course. Rueben Randle (six catches, 132 yards) had the best day of his career. Weston Richburg and Justin Pugh were part of a solid offensive line. Andre Williams carried 26 times for 110 yards and absolutely trucked a St. Louis defender with a Brandon Jacobs-style during a 45-yard run. Orleans Darkwa forced a fumble and scored a touchdown on a terrific 12-yard run. We already talked about Wynn. Devon Kennard had another nice game.
It took a long time to get there, and you can argue about the reasons the Giants got there or whether it would have happened at all without the myriad of injuries they suffered, but the Giants have arrived at a place where they should feel really good about their core of young players. Enjoy it.