1:00 PM Giants at Houston
win over the Texans 27-22.
Eli Manning was 25 of 29 for 297 yards and 2 TDs.
Barkley rushed for 82 yards on 17 carries and 1 TD, and caught 5 passes for 35
Wayne Gallman rushed for 25 yards on 6 carries.
rushed for 8 yards on 2 carries.
Beckham Jr. caught 9 passes for 109 yards.
Sterling Shepard caught 6 passes
for 80 yards and 1 TD.
Ellison caught 3 passes for 39 yards and 1 TD.
Evan Engram caught 1 pass
for 19 yards.
caught 1 pass for 15 yards.
Ogletree had 1 INT.
Donte Deayon recovered 1 fumble.
Lorenzo Carter, Mario
Edwards Jr., and B.J. Hill each had 1 sack.
Rosas kicked 44 and 30 yard field goals.
Texans started off the game with an opening drive field goal. So far this season
the Giants have won the toss, deferred, and then let the other team score. The
Texans ended the half scoring another field goal. The good news was they had nothing
in between! It was a rarity for the Giants to score on their opening drive - they
haven't done that all season, to take the lead- they haven't done that all season,
and even keep it for the entire half.
The Giants offensive line had all kinds
of trouble last week with the Cowboys, but they did well with the changes they
made. Eli Manning was completing almost every pass, and Odell Beckham Jr. and
Sterling Shepard were involved early
on. Saquon Barkley had run for one touchdown, and Rhett Ellison added another.
The Giants were up 20-6, and I felt like I was watching a different offense out
The Giants defense held Houston to just a long field goal in the third
quarter. They also forced a fumble, which was good, as Manning's unit had cooled
off a bit. The Texans were really on the move at the end of the quarter. The Giants
defense started to give up some big passing plays to quarterback Deshaun Watson
before sacking him to start off the fourth quarter. On the very next play they
intercepted him in the endzone.
Things didn't look good when Manning was sacked
twice on the next drive, and the Texans went on to score their first touchdown
of the game on the following one. They were only five points behind now. I was
expecting the worst, but the offense managed to put a drive together for the first
time in this half. It was killing the clock, and it ended with a Manning to Sterling
Shepard 7-yard touchdown pass.
Then, even though the defense sacked Watson
and had him at a 3rd-and-long, and 4th-and-8, and 4th-goal, he led his team all
the way downfield, and finally hit his receiver for a touchdown. By then the score
was 27-22 with only one second left, and the Giants had the win. I know I wasn't
the only one expecting the Giants lose another one coming into this game, but
they played well. I know I shouldn't do it, but I can't help having my hopes up
now, for at least some good showings in the games that follow."
knows that a quarterback needs time to throw, and a running back needs some blocking
to run. The offensive line for the Giants haven't been able to do that until today.
Their two biggest playmakers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley, had been neutralized.
After last week's performance in Dallas, the Texans had lots of game film to review
on how to exploit the Giants offense. Head coach Pat Shurmur knows all that the
Texans saw and more, and he decided to make a sudden switch, inserting Chad Wheeler
at the right tackle spot instead of Ereck Flowers.
Shurmur already had to give
veteran offensive lineman John Greco
his first start, because center Jon Halapio was lost for the season with a broken
leg and ankle from last Sunday night's game against the Cowboys. It did help that
Wheeler and Greco had worked together with the second string units, and overall
things worked out well.
As would be expected, there were some mistakes and
Manning took four sacks, but he had more time to hit the receivers he needed to,
and make the plays that can get you touchdowns instead of field goals. Manning
missed on only four of his 29 passes, and he threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions.
The offensive line, working in this configuration for the first time, had to deal
with defensive end J.J. Watt, and he alone registered three of those sacks and
a few near misses. Saquon Barkley had some room to run, and made good use of it,
including his 15-yard touchdown.
The Giants defense did it's job, and though
they allowed the Texans to gain some traction in the second half, they came up
big when it mattered. In the two games they had played, the defense had a total
of 1 sack and 1 interception. Today they picked up 3 sacks, one interception,
and one fumble recovery.
Over these first three games they haven't had Olivier
Vernon and Eli Apple on the field together. The fill-ins have picked up some valuable
experience working together, but next week they'll be playing at home against
the New Orleans Saints. That's a bit of a step up compared to what they've seen
over the last three weeks. The Saints are averaging over 34 points a game. If
the Giants can get one or both of those key players back on the field, it would
be a big help."
- FIELD GOAL
Ka'imi Fairbairn 23 Yd Field Goal
plays, 69 yards, 4:50
Saquon Barkley 15 Yd Run (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
10 plays, 75 yards, 6:00
- FIELD GOAL
Aldrick Rosas 44 Yd Field Goal
plays, 58 yards, 5:14
- FIELD GOAL
Aldrick Rosas 30 Yd Field Goal
plays, 64 yards, 5:59
Rhett Ellison 16 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick
6 plays, 71 yards, 1:56
- FIELD GOAL
Ka'imi Fairbairn 28 Yd Field Goal
plays, 65 yards, 1:20
- FIELD GOAL
Ka'imi Fairbairn 54 Yd Field Goal
plays, 41 yards, 3:13
Will Fuller V 6 Yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Two-Point
Pass Conversion Failed)
7 plays, 67 yards, 3:32
Sterling Shepard 7 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick
9 plays, 77 yards, 5:29
Lamar Miller 4 Yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Ka'imi
12 plays, 75 yards, 2:07
scored an opening possession touchdown on the road for the first time since Nov.
Giants had their first
lead of the season after their opening drive, and throughout the game.
Eli Manning's 86.2 completion percentage was the second-highest of his career.
Eli Manning, with 342 touchdowns, is now tied with Fran Tarkenton for 7th all-time.Giants
Saquon Barkley has more than 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first three games.
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