Odell Beckham Jr

Odell Beckham Jr. injury: Giants decide on OBJ’s status for Monday Night Football

The Giants struggled without Beckham in Week 1, failing to reach the end zone and losing 19-3. In Beckham’s career, he averages 95.9 receiving yards per game, which ranks third among all receivers since he entered the NFL in 2014. And he’s tied for the league lead in receiving touchdowns (35) in that span despite missing six possible games. That’s how important he is to the Giants.

His presence should open up the game for the Giants receivers. Without Beckham on the field, Brandon Marshall failed to get open last week, catching one pass in garbage time for 10 yards. If Beckham didn’t play on Monday night, Marshall likely would’ve been forced to go up against Lions CB1 Darius Slay, who allowed two receptions and nine yards to the Cardinals last week, according to Pro Football Focus. That’s a battle Marshall probably would’ve lost. Now, Marshall should be able to exploit one of the Lions’ other weaker cornerbacks.

He should also make life easier for the Giants’ shaky offensive line considering they won’t have to block for nearly as long if receivers like Beckham are getting open more quickly than they did last week. And, of course, nobody should be happier than Eli Manning, who struggled mightily without his favorite receiver.

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