By Brad Carroll
It was 63 days since the last time the New York Giants won a game, so the team and their fans should take an extra day to enjoy their 36-7 romp over the Tennessee Titans Sunday afternoon. The victory snapped a seven game losing streak and let everyone celebrate for the first time since October 5. Yes, it's been that long since the Giants last won a game.
The season long ago ended, but there's nothing wrong with winning, and the Giants did so convincingly on the road, improving to 4-9 overall. While there will be no playoffs at the end of the season for the Giants, the future is getting brighter by the week. Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had another standout performance against Tennessee and rookie running back Andre Williams finally broke free with a big game, eclipsing the 100-yard mark in the victory.
The Giants have several holes to fill this offseason, but if they keep on hitting on players in the draft, the losing seasons will come to an end sooner rather than later. It's no surprise those two rookies lead off our Game Balls list for this week.
Odell Beckham Jr.: He had another attention-grabbing game, catching 11 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. Beckham Jr. actually did most of his damage in the first half, when this blowout was still a game, grabbing nine passes for 117 yards and a score. Beckham Jr. recorded his sixth straight game where he reached at least 90 yards receiving, by far the longest in the NFL this season. He has four 100-yard games over that stretch. Beckham Jr. has developed great chemistry with Eli Manning and that should only get better next season and into the future.
Andre Williams: He finally broke free with a monster game against the Titans, rushing 24 times for 131 yards. Williams hit on a big play as well, first corralling a toss he nearly dropped and then sprinting through the defense (sprinting may be putting it nicely) all the way to the end zone for a 50-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Williams and the Giants exposed the NFL's worst rush defense and left with a victory because of it.
Jason Pierre-Paul: The Giants defensive end was back to his old self this week, sacking Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger twice and hitting him one other time. Pierre-Paul added seven tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage.
Devon Kennard: The linebacker also sacked the quarterback twice in the game and added six tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage. Kennard had the big hit in the game, sacking Mettenberger and forcing a fumble that was returned for a touchdown, giving the Giants a 17-0 lead. He registered two quarterback hits.
Josh Brown: The kicker doesn't get much credit, but Brown had a big game Sunday. He was a perfect 5-for-5 in field goal attempts, with a long of 52. He totaled 18 points in the game. Brown was good from 20, 19, 36, 52 and 42.
Markus Kuhn: He had perhaps the biggest play of the game, recovering a fumble forced by Devon Kennard and returning it 26 yards for a touchdown. The Giants went up 17-0 after the defensive touchdown, all but ending the game right there.
Damontre Moore, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Antrel Rolle: The trio combined for one of the more embarrassing moments of the season. Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted Mettenberger and had clear sailing into the end zone, but instead of just running straight to the goal line and spiking the ball, he decided to high-step the whole way down, obviously putting himself above the team. A team, by the way, that had three wins coming in. When the celebrating in the end zone finally ended, Rolle decided to take a fake photo of Rodgers-Cromartie. Again, a dumb decision that was flagged by the officials. To make matters even worse, Moore took the opportunity on the interception to take a cheap shot at the quarterback, knocking him to the ground while nowhere near the play. So, after all the celebrating, the touchdown didn't even count, as a flag was throw on the Moore hit. The Giants played a near perfect game, but this threesome couldn't leave great enough alone. It stunk for Moore, who had two sacks in the game and could have made the Game Balls list.