EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Odell Beckham Jr. insisted he wasn't frustrated with his noticeably quiet performance in the Giants' win over the Chicago Bears, even though it looked and sounded like he was.
The Giants' energetic receiver was oddly short with his answers in the postgame locker room following Sunday's 22-16 win. And that followed a scene in the fourth quarter when he caught a three-yard pass on third-and-4 and flung his helmet on the sidelines, before receivers coach Adam Henry came over to calm him down.
Beckham, who caught just five passes for 46 yards, said he wasn't frustrated that he wasn't more involved. Asked why he thought he didn't have his usual amount of catches, he said, "I don't know. You have to ask someone else. I'm not their coordinator. I don't do their game plan."
Clearly the Bears' game plan was similar to what many teams have done against the Giants this season: limit the damage that the Giants' best receiver would be able to do.
"Obviously there were some coverages that were skewed his way," wide receiver Victor Cruz said. "I think it's just how the game unfolded. Early on, we got the running game going a little bit. We were feeding off that. Just gauging to see how the defense was playing us. I don't think it was anything crazy that they did. But we were just taking what was in front of us and moving the ball down the field."
With Beckham neutralized, the Giants leaned heavily on rookie receiver Sterling Shepard, who was targeted a team-high 11 times and caught five passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. Thanks to the windy conditions, Eli Manning (21 of 36, 227 yards, two touchdowns) threw eight passes to his running backs and another two to tight end Will Tye.
He also completed a 48-yard pass to Cruz for the Giants' lone big passing play of the day.
Beckham had one 20-yard catch, but otherwise averaged only 9.2 yards on his five catches, as the Bears defense seemed to surround him each time he touched the ball. His frustration, though, wasn't visible until that fourth quarter helmet toss.
Still, he was cooperative with the media after the game and eventually did open up with his answers. But the one topic that irked him was how the Bears defense kept him in check.
"I don't know," he said. "That's like the third question you asked. It's kind of the same thing. I don't really know the answer. I'm just going to keep telling you the same thing."