Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Geno Smith out for the Year with ACL Tear

So much for the quarterback controversy developing in Florham Park with the New York Jets. On Monday it was reported that Jets quarterback Geno Smith tore his ACL during Sunday's action against Baltimore when he was tackled by Matt Judon. As a result, he will undergo season ending knee surgery to repair the ligament tear.

This is the latest, and possibly final chapter of misfortune in Smith's Jet career. From being treated like a proverbial human yo-yo under Rex Ryan in his battle with John Idzik to getting punched in the face by a teammate last August, and showing incredible immaturity both on and off the field, it is bizarre and disturbingly fitting that his time in New York could end like this.

Smith was never going to be the Jets starting quarterback again. That shipped sailed away for good when the Jets fired both Idzik and Ryan and hired Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan. They held on to him, albeit reluctantly, because of his contract, but he never blossomed enough to win anyone over. Hopefully, Smith can revive his career elsewhere, most likely as a back-up.

Now the Jets are back in the hands of Ryan Fitzpatrick, who professed his angst for the Jets front office, saying that he felt owner Woody Johnson, Maccagnan and Bowles stopped "believing in him."

Bowles offered the perfect retort to Fitzpatrick's comments when he told reporters: "If pissed off is going to stop the turnovers, then I'm more than happy to have him pissed off the whole time." That was perhaps the best quote Bowles has had in his short two year stay with the Jets. It is the perfect answer that basically tells Fitzpatrick to stop complaining and play like a professional.

For a quarterback who came across as the ultimate team guy, Fitzpatrick certainly has shown his true colors as a self-absorbed athlete, who thinks he's better than everyone around him.

Those hoping that this means Bryce Petty will enter the conversation should hold their horses. Beat writers for the Jets have noted that Petty does not look ready to play since he was just recently activated from the DL after a shoulder injury. He is probably a ways off before being able to truly challenge Fitzpatrick for the starting job.

Not to mention, at 2-5 the Jets still have a mathematical (although unlikely) shot at the postseason. They play in Cleveland this week, visit Miami in two weeks and face the Rams in mid-November. Those are three teams that they should beat with Fitzpatrick at quarterback. If they do, they are 5-5 going into their first match-up with the Patriots in late-November. If the team squanders this chance with Fitz under center, then obviously it is time for Petty to start.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Fitzpatrick Rips Jets Executives after Victory over Baltimore


As the old refrain goes, only the Jets could put cold water on their own victory.

The Jets defeated the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday 24-16 in a game that featured a nice return to the running game and a defense that finally found its groove. Yet, nobody was talking about that a few hours after the game had concluded. The talk was all about Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith.

The Jets quarterback quandary got worse, not better on Sunday afternoon. It all started when Smith was injured on a tackle by Ravens defensive lineman Matthew Judon when the quarterback was trying to scramble out of the pocket. Insert Fitzpatrick, the man whom Smith replaced four days earlier. And it was Fitzpatrick who led the Jets to a come-from-behind victory. Oh, the irony.

While Fitzpatrick played well, he was 9-for-14 for 120 yards and a touchdown, it is what he said after the game that shook Jetland to its core once again.

"The biggest thing in the this game in order to last is to have belief in yourself..." Ok, good start Ryan. He's going to say how he learned a lot from his demotion and is ready to let bygones be bygones, right?

"...because when the owner stops believing in you and the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself." D'oh (facepalm)!

Fitzpatrick then went on to say that his teammates are the ones who have his back, while insinuating that the Jets front office does not. Fitzpatrick must have taken a hint when Bowles benched him on Wednesday, two days after the Monday night debacle in Arizona that owner Woody Johnson and/or GM Mike Maccagnan may have had a say.

What make matters worse is Geno Smith left Sunday's game with an apparent knee injury and never returned. On his performance, Smith was decent in his return under center. Nothing spectacular. His final stat line was 4-of-8, 95 yards and a touchdown, but keep in mind 69 of those yards came on one play to Quincy Enunwa. Take away the touchdown, Smith was 3-of-7 for 26 yards.

Now Todd Bowles has a decision to make go with Geno Smith, if healthy, or stick with Fitzpatrick who just threw him under the bus?

To make matters more interesting, one has to wonder if Smith even has support in the locker room. After the game, Dan Leberfeld of Jets Confidential tweeted out that Sheldon Richardson told Geno to get rid of the ball faster before taking big hits.

"I keep telling him to get rid of the ball. I play defensive line." - Sheldon Richardson on Geno Smith.

Smith isn't a guy who has been reported in the past to be endearing to his teammates. He said he was going to write a book about his "comeback" during the summer. Then when Fitzpatrick returned he told the media he was "pissed." This is also the same guy who threw a temper tantrum on the sideline showing up Fitzpatrick last week in Arizona.

While Fitzpatrick said he "feels for" Geno Smith, his declaration about the front office, and his statement that he should be "the starter every week" is a slight slap back at Smith as well.

Looks like New York has a quarterback controversy on their hands as they get ready for Cleveland.

This ugly situation mares what was a great day for the Jets. The defense was tremendous on Sunday. They held the Ravens to six yards rushing and picked off Joe Flacco twice on the afternoon. The first interception by Buster Skrine set up the Jets field goal to take a 17-16 lead.

Later, Flacco was picked off again when he air-mailed a ball into the clutches of Marcus Gilchrist. The Jets quickly converted that into six points when Matt Forte plunged in from the one yard line to make it 24-16. Brandon Marshall is deserving of a save on this scoring drive as he recovered a Forte fumble three plays prior to the touchdown.

Fitzpatrick started out hot when he came in relief of Smith, completing his first seven passes, and leading the Jets on a  seven play 85-yard scoring drive to cut the Ravens lead to 14-13 just before halftime.

Giants Defense leads G-Men to Victory in London


The only way the Giants could begin to put the Josh Brown fiasco behind them was to find a way to pull out a win against the Los Angeles Rams in London, England on Sunday morning. Give them credit, for a few hours anyway they succeeded, as Big Blue's defense came to play in a big way, dominating the Rams in a 17-10 win to push New York to 4-3 as they hit the bye week.

Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, a one-time head coach of the then St. Louis Rams dialed up a game plan that flustered his former team in so many ways, and likely will push current Rams head coach to make a decision on quarterback Case Keenum.

The Giants harassed Keenum all day. First they shut down his star running back Todd Gurley, holding him to just 57 yards on 15 carries, and made speedy receiver Tavon Austin a virtual non-factor with just 57 yards on 10 receptions.

On top of that the Giants made the plays defensively they needed to because they were not getting any help from the offense.

Eli Manning and company had a pretty pedestrian day against the Rams. They only ran for 36 yards on the ground, and Manning threw for 196 yards through the air. At the end of the day the Giants had only one scoring drive that produced points and that was a 14-play 71 yard drive that resulted in a  field goal in the second quarter.

Least of all the offense put Big Blue in a big hole early when Larry Donnell fumbled the football on the second play of the game, handing LA great field position. The Rams cashed in seven plays later when Austin caught a 10-yard pass from Keenum for a touchdown to make it 7-0.

Before the Giants knew it they were down 10-0 for the second straight week after one quarter of play.

Then the defense turned it on. With 7:10 to go before halftime, Landon Collins picked off an overthrow Keenum pass and weaved his way through the Rams offense to the end zone for the score. How determined was Collins to score on the play? When it appeared he was tackled at the two yard line, he used a nice second effort to power over two lineman to get into the end zone for the score to tie the game up at 10.

Fast forward to the fourth quarter and Collins again came up huge when he picked off another Keenum pass and set up shop for the Giants at the Rams 35.  Three plays later, Manning hit Odell Beckham Jr. for a 22-yard gain to the Rams three yard line, before Jennings capped it off with a 1-yard plunge to put the Giants on top 17-10.

Later in the quarter with the Rams driving into Giants territory, Keenum threw his third pick of the day, this time to Dominique Rodgers Cromartie to kill the Rams momentum with a little over four minutes to go.

However, the Giants could run out the clock, giving Keenum and the Rams one last shot at tying the game. Keenum had the Rams moving, getting them all the way to the 15-yard line before he heaved up a meatball into the back of the end zone that Cromartie caught like a fair catch on a punt. Ball game over.

The Giants head into the bye at 4-3, and will face Philadelphia in two weeks.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Cubs End the Curse, Head to World Series

Chicago wins NLCS 4-2

It certainly is "hard not to be romantic about baseball" as the movie Moneyball once said.

For the Chicago Cubs fan, they had waited 71 years for this very moment, and for those who go beyond the last time the Cubs last represented the National League in the Fall Classic, it has been 108 long years since Chicago last won it all.

While there is still work to be for these 2016 Chicago Cubs, they are heading back to the World Series for the first time since 1945. They will square off against the Cleveland Indians, who are gunning for their first World title since 1948.

Two old school mid-western teams and one dream.

The Cubs got the job done by relying on the right arm of Kyle Hendricks who out-dueled Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw with a performance that will go down in NLCS history as one of the best by a starter. It will most certainly be one of the top five efforts in Cubs history.

Hendricks held the Dodgers scoreless over 7.1 innings of work. He allowed only two hits on the night, with the first hit for the Dodgers coming on a lead-off single by Andrew Toles in the first inning. Toles was quickly erased one pitch later on a 6-4-3 double-play grounder to short stop. That was the only time the Dodgers ever threatened to do some damage against Hendricks.

He blew away Los Angeles, taking out the drama in a game that otherwise would have been full of drama with the Cubs going for the first pennant since the Harry S. Truman administration. He shutdown hitters with ease, fooled them with his off-speed stuff, and came back with a deadly fastball that had hitters chasing. In short he made the Cubs relax in that third base dugout.

Offensively, the Cubs went to work early and often for Hendricks, giving the righty two quick runs in the bottom of the first inning. Kris Bryant singled to right to score Dexter Fowler with the first run of the day; then two batters later Ben Zobrist, who won a World Series ring last fall with the Kansas City Royals, plated home another run on a sac fly to center.

Leading 2-0 in the second inning, the Cubs tacked on when Fowler drove home Addison Russell on a RBI single to left to make it 3-0 against the mighty Kershaw.

Wilson Contreras sent Wrigley Field into full throttle party mode in the fourth inning when he deposited a Kershaw pitch into the left field bleachers for a solo shot to make it 4-0.

Finally, Anthony Rizzo corked one to right-center for his second home run of the series to push the Cubs lead to 5-0.

It is important to note that Rizzo, Bryant and Fowler played a huge role in not only the Cubs win on Saturday night, but in the NLCS in general. The trio was a combined 5-for-12 (.416) with three runs scored and three RBI in Game 6. Fowler hit .333 in the series, while Bryant hit .304 and Rizzo .320. With those three hitters turning up the heat against the Dodgers it is easy to see why the Cubs won.

By the eighth inning, Joe Madden pulled Hendricks from the game to a thunderous standing ovation from the Cubs Nation. For a fan base that has been so tortured for so many years, Hendricks gave them the kind of effort they had waited generations for. They never got this effort from Kerry Wood or Mark Pyror when it mattered a little over a decade ago. They didn't get this for their current ace, Jake Arrieta in this LCS. Instead they got this effort from a 26-year old man, who was always the forgotten man in the Cubs rotation.

When you think Cubs starting pitchers in 2016, you think Arrieta and Jon Lester. To be fair Lester was named LCS MVP with good reason, he did beat the Dodgers twice. But, this was Hendricks' night to shine on a national stage and he did in a big way.

Finally, it was up to Aroldis Chapman. The ex-Yankees and Reds closer picked up where Hendricks left off in the eighth inning, giving the Cubs 1.2 innings of no-hit baseball to get lock the door on LA  for good. The final out coming on a double play with the combination of Russell, Baez and Rizzo completing the 6-4-3 to win it. Combined Chapman and Hendricks faced one batter shy of the minimum, something that has only been done once before in a postseason game, i.e. Don Larson's perfect game in the World Seres in 1956.

Once Rizzo closed his glove on the ball for the third and final out of the ball game the party was in full force. The song "Go Cubs Go!" exploded over the sound system, old Cubs fans cried, younger Cubs fans were in total hysteria. From the intersection of North Sheffield Ave, and West Waveband Ave where throngs of fans packed outside the stadium, to the local bars in and around Chicago, it was absolute pandemonium in Chicago's North Side.

This was their night to cherish. So long Billy Goat, hello Cleveland.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Giants and NFL all guilty of Ignoring the Josh Brown Fiasco

The New York Giants should be disgusted with themselves.

When given the chance to do the right thing back in August, Big Blue turned its back on the facts and allowed kicker Josh Brown to remain on the team. They allowed a man who (at the time) allegedly abused his wife to remain a part of the one of the flagship franchises in the National Football League.

The NFL is equally culpable in this mess. When presented with the facts all they did was suspend Brown for one game, the season opener in Dallas.  Typically a domestic abuse case in the NFL would require a six-game suspension.

Now the backlash is coming back at the NFL and the Giants, after a journal entry submitted by Brown's ex-wife, Molly to the Kings County (Washington) Prosecutors office, detailed the ugly truth, Brown abused his wife. He even went as far to say that he "physically, verbally and emotionally abused my wife Molly." The letters also document Brown's obsession with sex, and his history of abusing women which began at age seven.

All of this comes out after we learned in the summer of 20 incidents in which Brown abused his ex-wife. Those abuses date back to 2009 when she was pregnant with their child.

In short, this dude is flat out disgusting.

What makes this sad story most sickening is that the Giants knew about it, and did nothing. Giants President and Co-Owner John Mara admitted during the summer that he knew of Browns arrest from 2015 in Washington state when the Brown case opened up. Yet, it was not enough to convince the Giants not to re-sign the kicker.

“Based on the facts and circumstances that we were aware of at that time, we were comfortable with our decision to re-sign him,” Mara said while standing on the porch of the Giants’ training facility at the Meadowlands. “Nothing has happened in the meantime to make us question that decision.”(NY Daily News). 

The Giants signed him to a two-year deal this off-season, and have stood behind him even in light of the latest allegations. Before taking off for London, Giants coach Ben McAdoo said that they would "not turn their backs on Josh." 

Eli Manning was also "all over the place" according to the New York Post in his response to the Brown allegations. In a way you can understand this from the player and coach standpoint, because the subject is so touchy, and it isn't official whether Brown will be gone or not. 

Still the lack of enforcement by the Giants front office when it mattered the most is truly troubling. While many assume that Browns career with Big Blue is over, nothing has been made official. The Giants did sign Robbie Gould to take over for Brown, which may signal an end game for the disgraced kicker, but a decision probably will wait until the NFL makes its own determination. 

Currently the NFL placed Brown on the league exempt list, which is the NFL version of limbo. In a nutshell Brown will still get paid, but can not play in any games, attend any games, nor does he could on the 53-man roster. He can still work out at the facility via the teams' permission. The NFL is currently doing an investigation that it should have done months, if not years ago on Brown. 

If the NFL determines that the evidence from the King County Police Department is too damning, one would figure that it could be the end of Brown's career. 

Yet, a punishment seems hallow now. The NFL continues to strike out in the public image department. They botched the Ray Rice fiasco, suspending Rice only one game when video came out of the former running back slugging his wife. After outside pressure, the NFL instituted a stronger ban, and Rice never played in the NFL again. The NFL also botched the Adrian Peterson incident with a slap on the wrist. Peterson returned last season after missing all of the 2014 season due in part to injury and the scandal involving child abuse. Not to mention Deflategate challenged the collective bargaining agreement. 

And the NFL wonders why people are turning off the television sets? 

This is the latest disgrace. Nobody comes out clean in this disaster. The best news that would come out of this is if Brown never plays in the NFL again. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Geno Smith Named Jets Starting Quarterback

Oh, goodie Jets fans! Geno Smith is back under center for the miserable New York Jets, starting this Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Smith was named the Jets starting quarterback after wishy-washy head coach Toddy Bowles back tracked from comments he made following the Monday Night meltdown in Arizona. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw yet another pick, deserved to be benched, but Smith is not going to be a tonic the Jets need.

Many have already pointed out that the decision by Bowles looks like it has Woody Johnson's fingerprints all over it. It was reported before the game on Monday that Johnson was displeased greatly with the Jets performance this season; understandable for team that is 1-5. Perhaps Johnson had a say, or maybe someone underneath him had a say on the Jets quarterback situation.

On one hand the decision had to be made to bench Fitzpatrick. The Jets rank 26th in the NFL in total offense and dead last in the league in points per game with 15.5. On top of that Fitzpatrick has a QBR of 30, and 11 picks to just five touchdowns. His drive killing interception in the end zone against the Cardinals was an absolute backbreaker.

With that being said, Geno Smith will not rescue this sinking ship. He is a stop gap for either Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg or both at some point down the road. Smith has really nothing to prove to the Jets. The trade deadline is coming on November 1, but two games certainly will not be enough to convince someone to take Geno off the Jets' hands.

For one, there is too much baggage there. From the clash with IK Enemkpali last season that cost Smith the starting job in the first place, to his continued lack of professionalism and maturity, no one in their right mind would give this guy a chance ... unless you are the Jets, of course.

Chances are Bowles will have Geno Smith on a very short leash. If he plays poorly, Petty will be in under center. Keep in mind that Petty just recently returned from the disabled list after dealing with a shore shoulder that he injured in the preseason. Petty played well this summer, and were it not for the injury, he could have supplanted Smith as the back-up to Fitzpatrick.

Either way, the Jets season is over. Their chances at the postseason went by the wayside weeks ago when they got smacked around in Pittsburgh.

The Jets can delude themselves all they want that they are still trying to contend by putting Geno Smith in action, but at the end of the day the Bryce Petty era (for better or for worse) is on the horizon.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Debacle in Arizona leaves Jets at Crossroads


It has been well established for weeks now that the Jets chances of making the playoffs was slim to none. Now after a listless performance in a 28-3 meltdown in the desert, it is becoming abundantly clear that perhaps this 2016 New York Jets team has given up on the season.

At least that is how it looked on Monday night in front of a national TV audience.

There was no fight, no passion, no real discernible effort by the Jets on Monday night, and that falls at the feet of head coach Todd Bowles. They got blown off the football by the Cardinals on both sides of the ball, and failed to adjust to the flow of the game. In other words it looked like the Jets chalked up the L as soon as the got off the plane.

They were outgunned 396 - 230. They had only 11 first downs in 10 drives and were a measly 2-for-13 on third down. Not to mention the ridiculous amount of penalties (10) that the Jets amassed over 60 minutes of painful football.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals did whatever they wanted. Run at the Jets from middle of the field? Why not. Run toward the sidelines? Why not. Throw deep into coverage? No problem. Arizona running back David Johnson tore the Jets apart. He ran for 111 yards on 22 carries, but it felt like a lot more. The Cardinals offensive line pushed the Jets front seven around as if it the Jets were a Division I-AA school (no offense to an I-AA college football teams out there).

On the first play of Arizona's second drive of the night, Johnson glided through the line of scrimmage and dashed untouched down the sideline for a 58-yard touchdown to make it 7-0. He was never touched. There was no holding, why would there be when there wasn't a Jet even close enough for a Cardinal offensive lineman to hold. It was an embarrassment.

Johnson would score twice more, with each one completing a lengthy scoring drive for the Cardinal offense. In each instance, Johnson when untouched as the Cardinal offensive line pushed away the Jets like the parting of the Red Sea.

And then there was the quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick was absolutely atrocious on Monday against the Cardinals, as he reckless and listless until Bowles finally pulled the plug on him in the fourth quarter when the game was out of hand. Somehow, he completed 16 passes in 31 attempts, but for much of the night he was overthrowing and under throwing his intended targets, and missing badly. The Cardinals never sacked him, because they didn't need to. Fitzpatrick was doing enough to hurt the Jets by failing to move the team in any positive direction.

The only time Fitzpatrick had the Jets moving on a 12-play 61 yard drive in the third quarter, he threw a costly, drive killing interception in the end zone on third and seven from the Arizona 14-yard line.

The fact that Fitzpatrick was still in the game in the third quarter was a joke in itself. He should have been lifted for Geno Smith sooner, not because Smith would have given the Jets a chance, far from it. It would have sent a message that the $12 million man is not getting it done and the Jets have to go elsewhere.

When asked about Fitzpatrick's job status after the game, Bowles gave his quarterback the dreaded vote of confidence, comparing his decision to lifting a starting pitcher in baseball. Fitzpatrick is still expected to start on Sunday against Baltimore. But let's be honest the leach is going to be short on him. If Fitzpatrick were to struggle against the Ravens, then the Jets have no choice but to let Smith or even Bryce Petty play.

Fitzpatrick has done nothing to deserve to remain the starter, his 11 interceptions to just five touchdowns and a 30 QBR proves that. The fact that this team has scored only two touchdowns in its last four games, and has scored exactly three points in two of those losses says everything you need to know about the quarterback and this offense.

Removing Fitz now would signal that the season is indeed lost, but lets' be honest with the way this team is playing (not just at the quarterback position) this season is a lost cause anyway. At some point soon the Jets have to take stock and see what they have moving forward on this roster.

Word is that Woody Johnson is not pleased at all and getting impatient. With the teams poor play, and Bowles lack of innovation during pre-game and in-game decision making, his seat is only going to get warmer after last night's loss. Already fans and media are calling for Bowles head. His quiet demeanor and Mangini-esq personality is doing him no favors. And if the Jets continue to put forth efforts like last night, he won't be the HC of the NYJ and Ryan Fitzpatrick won't be the QB of the NYJ too much longer.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Giants Survive Ravens, End 3-Game Skid


It was not pretty at the Meadowlands on Sunday, and when it comes to the New York Giants lately, it never is. After watching the Ravens dominate the first quarter by jumping out to a 10-0 lead, Big Blue worked its way back into the ball game, and soon outlasted the Ravens in a fourth quarter shootout.

The star of the show? The same man who has become a lightening rod of controversy for the Giants this season: Odell Beckham Jr. In a lot of way's Beckham Jr's day was a microcosm of the entire afternoon. He started his day by fumbling the football on the Giants first play of the day. Baltimore quickly took advantage and punched it in for six points to make it 10-0.

Later, Beckham Jr. was hobbled by a hip injury that forced him to miss the Giants lone scoring drive of the first half.

Then, when the Giants took off, so did Beckham Jr. On the Giants opening drive of the third quarter, Eli Manning moved the Giants on an efficient 15-play 72 yard drive that ate up over five minutes of action. Manning completed two big passes to Sterling Shephard, an 11-yarder to Beckham, and a clutch 17-yarder to Victor Cruz to the Ravens' two yard line. The Giants would settle for the field goal, but the dye was cast.

After the Ravens took a 13-10 lead midway through the third quarter, the Giants wasted no time in responded. Manning hit Beckham Jr. in the flat toward the sideline and the speedy receiver did the rest. He made a move to peel off the corner was gone down the sideline, galloping home for a 75-yard touchdown to give the Giants their first lead at 17-13.

Keep in mind this game could have been a lot different had the Ravens not shot themselves in the foot. Baltimore drove the ball all the way down to the Giants 1-yard line, thanks in big part to a 70 yard completion from Joe Flacco to Mike Wallace. The Giants maligned defense held the Ravens out of the end zone on three goal line plays, forcing a fourth and goal at the one. Had Baltimore settled to kick a field goal to cut it to 17-16, they could have been in position to either tie or win the game later, instead they decided to go for it. It was a big mistake. The Giants held the Ravens out of the end zone when Terrance West was gang tackled by Jonathan Casillas.

Fast forward to 2:38 to go in the game, with the Giants now holding onto a 20-16 lead. The Ravens had just driven into Giants territory, when Baltimore got the biggest gift of them all when Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was flagged for pass interference. It was a horrible call, because Rodgers-Cromartie was underneath in coverage and had the advantage toward the football. The flag should have been on Breshard Perriman for offensive pass interference. It was a hideous call by the officials, and it nearly cost the Giants the game.

With Giants fans booing their collective heads off, the Ravens scored on Terrance West's two yard plunge on third and goal from the Giants two yard line to make it 23-20.

With 2:04, the Giants needed a miracle. They got it. On fourth and one at the Giants 34, Manning found Beckham Jr. breaking containment down the sideline and hit him in stride for a 66-yard touchdown that sent MetLife Stadium into a frenzy. Beckham dashed into the end zone, ripped his helmet off and even proposed to the kicking net as the Giants stunned Baltimore 27-23.

Beckham had 222 yards receiving on the day, while Manning earned his 100th career win with 300 touchdown passes to boot.

The Giants (3-3) head to London next Sunday to face the LA Rams.