Odighizuwa was penalized for pretending to take a picture as several teammates were celebrating an interception return for a touchdown by safety Landon Collins. It cost the Giants 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff and was the second straight week that a Giants player was flagged for his celebratory actions.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. took his helmet off after exiting the back of the end zone in the previous week’s win over the Baltimore Ravens. He was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and fined $24,309 as a repeat offender. The embattled receiver has since appealed the fine.
Beckham was fined for a similar infraction to Odighizuwa's earlier this year. He pretended to take a picture of wide receiver Victor Cruz after a late touchdown to beat the Dallas Cowboys. The group celebration cost him $12,154 even though there was no flag.
The Giants have been flagged for three unsportsmanlike conduct and two taunting penalties this season. Center Weston Richburg was ejected for two unsportsmanlike infractions in a Week 3 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Odighizuwa is simply the latest Giants offender.
“We had some bad football show up again with the penalty after the touchdown,” coach Ben McAdoo said earlier this week. “Guys are excited, but we have to eliminate that bad football.”
The Giants have a bye this week. They return to practice Monday in preparation for their Nov. 6 matchup with the division rival Philadelphia Eagles.