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New York Giants defeat Cincinnati Bengals, 25-23:…

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New York Giants defeat Cincinnati Bengals, 25-23:...


After two weeks at home, the New York Giants traveled to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. Being the third preseason game, both teams wanted to get a longer look at their starters and many of them played well into the first half.

The Giants were without star running back Saquon Barkley (load management) again. Also not active were WR Golden Tate (concussion), CB Sam Beal (hamstring), CB DeAndre Baker (knee), CB Antonio Hamilton (groin), LB Alec Ogletree (calf), OT Chad Wheeler (back), OT George Asafo-Adjei (concussion) and WR Sterling Shepard, who is still rehabbing a thumb fracture.

Two rookies — linebacker Ryan Connelly and cornerback Corey Ballentine — started on defense. After a tight end screen went for 29 yards on the opening play, the Giants tightened up. Rookie defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence batted away an Andy Dalton pass on second down and then Ballentine knocked away a hurried pass on third down. Linebacker Tae Davis provided the pressure via a blitz.

On offense, Eli Manning started the ballgame at quarterback and Wayne Gallman, who missed last week’s game against the Bears, started at running back. Tight end Evan Engram saw his first action of the preseason and caught his first pass — a screen which he converted into a first down.

Manning directed a 15-play, 66-yard scoring drive to open things for the Giants despite two dropped passes by Cody Latimer. Guard Will Hernandez was flagged twice for penalties, one for a face mask, the other a false start. Aldrick Rosas ended up kicking a 41-yard field goal to give the Giants a 3-0 first quarter lead.

Manning made — or tried to make — a key block on a Gallman run.

The Bengals went on a scoring drive of their own later in the quarter. Dalton drove Cincy 70 yards on six plays culminating on a 26-yard touchdown pass to tight end C.J. Uzomah, who beat a leaning Jabrill Peppers on a wheel route.

Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones finally got his ‘welcome to the NFL’ moment when left tackle Nate Solder got beat by Carl Lawson, who nearly beheaded Jones. The Giants recovered the fumble and Jones went on to drive the Giants to a score highlighted first by this pass to Brittan Golden.

…and then there was this play to rookie Darius Slayton to get the Giants into scoring range. Rod Smith punched it in a several plays later.

Jones has been everything and more for the Giants this preseason. He’s not going to start, but if the Giants need him to he’s pretty close to being ready.

 

The remainder of the game was played by roster bubble players for both teams and it went pretty much the way you would expect. The Giants won, 25-23, and everyone has head coach Pat Shurmur to thank for going for two after the Giants scored their final TD in the fourth quarter.

  • Wide receiver Brittan Golden, who was thought to be just a camp player with little to no chance to make the roster, had a breakout night. The 31-year-old journeyman made several key catches in the game and a 68-yard punt return for a TD in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, Golden muffed his next attempt, giving the Bengals the ball on the Giants’ 35 yard-line.
  • Running back Rod Smith left the game in the first half with a groin injury and did not return.
  • Will Hernandez committed three penalties in the first two drives plus he appeared to read his assignment correctly on several running plays. We know he’s better than that, so not to worry.
  • The battle for the third string quarterback spot continues, but Kyle Lauletta looked a heckuva lot better than Alex Tanney this week. The competition will continue next week in New England.
  • Ballentine and rookie linebacker Joseph Tauaefa led the Giants’ defense with seven total tackles apiece. Ballentine had a tackle for a loss and two passed defensed while Tauaefa had a sack.
  • Rookie linebacker Oshane Ximines recorded two sacks in the game.


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