This might come as a surprise to some who didn’t see the New York Giants play the Baltimore Ravens, but Odell Beckham Jr. had an exceptional game.
Furor over Beckham’s post-touchdown celebrations dominated the national discussion. Observers proclaimed that the wide receiver’s mock proposal to the kicking net and taking his helmet off out of the back of the end zone made him a distraction, a “me first” player, that he was out of control, and “on the edge.”
What got lost in all the discussion was that Beckham had the most productive game of his career, and one of the best halves of football by any receiver ever.
Beckham got off to a slow start, getting just 11 yards in the first half (after having the ball punched out by Eric Weddle on the Giants’ first play of the game). He even left the field in the second quarter with a hip pointer. But Beckham would come back on the field and play through the injury in the second half, racking up 211 yards and two touchdown.
That gutsy offensive explosion was enough to earn Beckham the honor of being named the NFC Offensive Player Of The Week. This is the first time Beckham has been named “Player Of The Week,” and the first time a Giants’ receiver has been named the NFC Offensive Player Of The Week since 2012.
Eli. Odell.— NFL (@NFL) October 16, 2016
SEVENTY-FIVE YARD TD.
Check the long jump #BALvsNYG https://t.co/x2L2abMVE4
ELI MANNING.— NFL (@NFL) October 16, 2016
ODELL BECKHAM JR.
And the @Giants take the lead! #BALvsNYG https://t.co/UqyRMducMR