Odell Beckham Jr and Antonio Brown Headline Giants vs. Steelers
There are several intriguing storylines in Sunday’s matchup between the 8-3 New York Giants and 6-5 Pittsburgh Steelers.
There’s the intrigue of two future Hall of Famer quarterbacks in Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger meeting for the fourth and possibly final time. Then there’s the game itself between two storied franchises Giants and Steelers both needing to win as they continue their push for the playoffs.
But perhaps what fans are looking forward to the most, is seeing the two best receivers in the league in Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown on the same field. Since 2014 Beckham Jr and Brown are tied for the most touchdown receptions with 33, and no other receivers have made more exciting plays than these two during that span.
Due to their success and personalities, they are also two of the most marketable players in the NFL.
Both receivers will likely eclipse the 1,000 yard receiving mark on Sunday as Brown just needs two yards, and Beckham needs 85. It will be the fourth consecutive season Brown’s had 1,000 receiving yards, and Beckham will achieve something few have done and that’s to have contributed 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons.
Both players are the spark plugs to their teams’ offenses, and whoever has the bigger game could determine the outcome of the game. In fac,t the Giants and Steelers try to get the ball in Beckham and Brown’s hands so often that you’ll like see both return punts on Sunday.
The debate between who is the better receiver between these two has been going on for about a year. On Sunday, we may finally determine who is better.
Jason Leach is an analyst for Pro Football Spot for the New York Giants for @pfspot. Follow him on Twitter @JasonKLeach