STEELERS 24/GIANTS 14
The Giants six-game winning streak turned into a pumpkin on a cold Sunday evening in Pittsburgh. The Steeleres walloped the G-Men 24-14, and it wasn't even that close. The Giants were totally slapped around by a Pittsburgh team that gashed the Giants defense for 389 yards, and was 7-for-15 on third down.
By halftime the score was 14-0, Steelers. The lead soon ballooned to 24-7 before the Giants got a garbage time touchdown to make the final score somewhat respectable. Still it was a horrible loss that puts the Giants in a situation where they have no choice but to settle for the wild card.
Inconsistent Eli Manning: Manning wasn't great on Sunday. He failed to lead the Giants stagnant offense, especially in the first half where they were shutout for the second straight week. Manning threw a costly interception at the Steelers nine-yard line that eventually led to a Pittsburgh touchdown before the half. Overall, Manning threw for only 195 yards on 35 attempts with two interceptions. While the offensive line certainly deserves plenty of blame for not giving Manning enough time in the pocket, he isn't getting the job done consistently this year.
Odell Beckham Jr Delivers More Headaches: Beckham had a good day, hauling in 10 catches for 100 yards, but the guy continues to be a lightening rod for controversy. He was blasting the officials after the game, and his wore his friendship with Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown on his sleeve on Sunday. When Brown scored a touchdown for Pittsburgh, the camera's quickly shot over the Beckham who was smiling and clapping his buddy on. What is with this guy? Clearly Beckham continues to fail when it comes to understanding the game both on and off the field. He shouldn't be rooting for his friends especially when they are playing against him.
The Giants D was Woeful! The Giants defense has easily been their strength this year, but on Sunday they couldn't stop a nose bleed. Le'Veon Bell gashed them for 118 yards on the ground, and Ben Roethlisberger picked them apart for 289 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Outside of Olivier Vernon's two sacks there was not much to talk about regarding the Giants' defensive effort on Sunday.
What is next? More tough games. The Giants host the Dallas Cowboys (11-1) at the Meadowlands on Sunday night. The Cowboys are due for a loss, but the Boys remember that their only L this year came against Big Blue in Week 1. Expect some serious payback. If the Giants tackle the way they did in Pittsburgh, Eziekiel Elliot will have a monster evening.