Week 12 – Dallas @ NY Giants: Catch it like Beckham

Watching the New York Giants in 2014 is the same as following Hawthorn in the AFL in 2005 and 2006.

We are rubbish. There’s no getting away from that. But just as Lance Franklin kept me clicking through the turnstiles during those dark days for the Hawks, Odell Beckham gives me a reason for distracted Mondays in the office in 2014.

What a star. There are no superlatives to describe his leaping, one-handed touchdown catch against Dallas on Monday, but the fact that it nearly broke the internet is enough to suggest how good it was.

I never thought I would see a catch by a Giant better than David Tyree’s Super Bowl effort in 2008 until now.

Beckham is the reason why the Giants will pack out MetLife Stadium for the remaining home games against Washington and Philadelphia, even through the season is shot.

I despise the Cowboys with every fiber in my body. Watching Jerry Jones yukking it up in my team’s stadium makes me feel ill.

But Beckham’s catch and his all out hustle, (10 catches, two touchdowns, 146 yards) almost made the whole thing palatable and suggests that maybe, just maybe, there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

But changes need to be made. Firing defensive co-ordinator Perry Fewell at season’s end is a no-brainer. How Tony Romo could twice stand protected so long in the pocket in the clutch has me baffled, and disgusted. The Cowboys’ match-winning drive was oh, so predictable.

Because I can’t bet on footy for professional reasons, I don’t have a phone betting account. But if I did, I would have backed the Cowboys when they started their drive. They were absolute certainties.

And old Tom Coughlin should march into the sunset and into the Hall of Fame. Great man, great coach, but the Giants need a new voice at the top.

Coaching the Giants is a plum job and with players like Beckham on the roster, there should be no shortage of excellent candidates. Bill Cowher intrigues me. But has he been out for too long? Todd Bowles from the Cardinals deserves consideration, while the college coach I like is Kevin Sumlin from Texas A&M.

They (we?) are the New York Football Giants. Three years without the playoffs are, as far as this fan is concerned, three years too many.

Hopefully the Mara and Tisch families will eschew the conservatism for which the team has long been known and make a coaching hire as splashy as their new wide receiver.

Nov 23
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford NJ (80,520)

Dallas 3 7 14 7 – 31
NY Giants 7 14 0 7 – 28

Passing: Eli Manning (NYG), 338 yds, 3 TD’s, 1 INT
Rushing: DeMarco Murray (DAL), 24 car, 121 yds
Receiving: Odell Beckham Jr (NYG), 10 rec, 146 yds, 2 TD’s
Pigskin Almanac “Am I The Best Beckham Ever” award: Odell Beckham Jr (NYG)

Ashley Browne is a senior writer for AFL Media and has been bleeding for the New York Giants from the other side of the world for more than 30 years.

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