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Rapid Reaction: New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few thoughts on the New York Giants' 31-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night at MetLife Stadium:

What it means: A sixth straight loss for the Giants, and mathematical elimination from the NFC East race with a week still to go in November. The Giants will need to win all five of their remaining games just to finish this season with a .500 record.

Stock watch: Giants' offense, UP. Quarterback Eli Manning went through a rough patch in the third and fourth quarters, and his interception in the red zone was inexcusable and set up the Dallas touchdown drive that gave the Cowboys their first lead. But the offense clicked all throughout the first half and on the 93-yard drive that gave the Giants the lead back with three minutes left in the game. The Giants converted their first seven third-down conversion attempts and were a remarkable 11-for-15 on third downs in the game. And they didn't call one fade route at the goal line.

More of the same on the O-line: The Giants made a couple of changes to their offensive line, as Geoff Schwartz started at right tackle for the injured Justin Pugh and Adam Snyder replaced rookie Weston Richburg as the starting left guard. But while the protection held up all right in the first half as the Giants built a 21-10 lead, it crumbled in the third quarter and Manning began to feel the effects, as he appeared jittery and out of rhythm. Regardless of how they arrange things for the remaining five games of this season, the Giants will go into the offseason still needing to make the offensive line a top priority.

Game ball: Who else could it be? Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made one of the most incredibly athletic catches you'll ever see in the second quarter. It was a twisting, one-handed, 43-yard touchdown catch, his second touchdown of the game. He left the game briefly in the fourth quarter with a back injury but did return to the field and ended up with 146 yards and those two touchdowns on 10 catches. Assuming he recovers from the injury, Beckham should continue to be a bright spot for the remainder of this lost Giants season.

What's next: The Giants travel to Jacksonville for a 1 p.m. ET game against the 1-10 Jaguars next Sunday. It will be the Giants' first game since Week 5 against a team that does not currently have a winning record. They are 3-0 against those teams this year.