Despite making one of the greatest catches ever seen, Odell Beckham Jr.’s performance wasn’t enough for the Giants to overcome the Cowboys – and it may cost a lot of people their jobs.
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The New York Giants have a storied history of great catches. David Tyree in Superbowl XLII, Mario Manningham in Superbowl XLVI, Mark Ingram in Superbowl XXV, but Odell Beckham Jr.’s three-fingered catch might have been one of the most impressive ever made. If you haven’t seen it yet you can see it here. But even though Beckham carried the team on his back the entire game, and arguably through their last few games, it simply wasn’t enough.
Now the Giants are 3-8 – tied for the 6th worst record in the league. And even though they clearly have a budding star like Beckham that may even become a Pro Bowler this year, the team has failed to address many key areas like the offensive line and outside LBs – and that falls on GM Jerry Reese and of course embattled head coach Tom Coughlin. With their six-game losing streak it may have sealed the fate of Coughlin to be gone at the end of the season – because there are very few coaches in the NFL that can survive three straight years without a winning season.
Here are the five biggest losers from Week 12 of the NFL season:
Atlanta Falcons – The fact that this Falcons team at 4-7 can potentially make the playoffs with only five to seven wins while a team like Seattle or San Francisco will be inevitably left out or forced to play them on the road is one of the reasons the NFL may need to reconsider the division alignment.
Detroit Lions – The Lions were right to be angry at the Patriots for running up the score against them at the end of the game, but Dominic Raiola’s low hit on the Patriots defender during the kneeldown was a terrible move that should not be tolerated, no matter how high emotions get.
Houston Texans – Not only did the Texans loss put them two games behind the Colts in the AFC South title race, but now that they’ve officially lost QB Ryan Mallett for the rest of the season they’re going to be forced to grudgingly start Ryan Fitzpatrick again.
Miami Dolphins – With the Patriots taking a commanding lead of the AFC East division, the Dolphins needed that upset win to stay alive in the playoff race. But QB Ryan Tannehill threw a late INT that resulted in a Denver TD. They still have a shot, but their chances took a major hit with that loss.
Jacksonville Jaguars – We already know that the Jaguars are a terrible team, and will likely have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft. But the defense forced three turnovers in that game and were unable to get more than a field goal. Even the most offensively inept teams in football can usually build enough momentum to get a TD when they have that kind of defensive success – that says a lot about this Jaguars team.