1:00 PM Bills at Giants
lose to the Bills 28-14
Giants got off to a good start, but it ended fast. Wait, I said that exact same
thing last week. For the second time in a row the Giants scored on their opening
drive. Saquon Barkley started things off with a 6-yard run. Then with the Bills
focused on Barkley, Eli Manning handed the ball to wide receiver Bennie Fowler
who ran it for 20 yards. Barkley carried it the next three times, with the last
being a 27-yard touchdown run. After the the game's fifth play and extra point,
the Giants were up 7-0.
Buffalo took over, and the defense held them to just
3 yards, on a 3-and-out. They even sacked quarterback Josh Allen on his first
pass attempt. The fans who came to the stadium were excited seeing the Giants
in control, and were looking forward to enjoying the rest of the day. They should
have left at that point, because it was all downhill after that. Just like last
week when the Cowboys came back with three straight touchdowns before the half
was over, the Bills did the exact same thing, and the Giants were trailing 21-7.
Giants offense came alive again near the end of the third quarter, and they did
manage a touchdown just as the fourth quarter was starting. Unfortunately, Buffalo
came right back on their next drive with one of their own, and the Bills were
up by two touchdowns again. Desperate for points with only five minutes left,
the Giants went for it on a 4th-and-10 from their own 42 yard line, and that didn't
work. The defense buckled down and held Buffalo to a 3-and-out.
to get something going, and he completed a 33 yard pass to Evan Engram. A short
pass to Barkley was incomplete, and Manning's next pass to Fowler was intercepted
at the Buffalo 2 yard line. The Bills chewed up most of the remaining time, and
the fans came nowhere close to enjoying this game, as the Giants lost the home
opener for the third year in a row."
Manning has no receivers he can trust, and the defense is still finding itself.
This week the Giants were without their best two wide receivers. Sterling Shepard
was out with a concussion, and Golden Tate is still on NFL suspension. To make
matters worse, they lost Cody Latimer in the second half when he sustained a concussion.
offensive line was up against the Bills strong defensive unit. He was sacked one
time for a nine yard loss, but there was pressure and 4 passes were batted down,
one which resulted in an interception. That happened after TJ Jones returned a
punt 60 yards to the Bills 33-yard line. Manning then completed a 12 yard pass
to Bennie Fowler, and his next pass to Fowler was tipped at the line of scrimmage
and intercepted near the end of the half. That disastrous half also saw Aldrick
Rosas miss on a 48-yard field goal after making 20 straight.
Early in the third
quarter the defense sacked Josh Allen for the second time in the game and the
ball came loose. It sure looked like the had a turnover when they recovered it,
but the ref said the play was whistled dead before the fumble. It didn't look
that way on the replay, but it wasn't reviewable. The defense continued to look
good on the Bills next two drives. Then the Giants put together a nice 12 play
drive that resulted in a touchdown on a 4 yard pass play to Jones.
were down by only seven points now, but the defense returned to their usual level
of play, and the Bills moved downfield to the Giants 3-yard line and kicked a
field goal. When Dexter Lawrence was hit with an unnecessary roughness call on
the play, the Bills opted for a 1st-and-goal at the Giants 2 yard line and Frank
Gore ran it in two plays later. The Giants found themselves down 14 points with
about five minutes left in the game. On their turn, which included Saquon Barkley
running 12 yards for a first down, all five of Manning's passes were incomplete,
including a 4th and 10 from their own 42 yard line.
Surprisingly, the defense
held the Bills to a three-and-out. When Manning took over, he connected with Evan
Engram for a 33 yard completion, but when he tried with another deep pass, this
time to Bennie Fowler, it was intercepted. That about did it, and the disappointed
fans did not get to see a miracle comeback in this home opener. The Giants are
now 0-2 and will be on the road next week in Tampa Bay."
| First Quarter
Saquon Barkley 27 Yd Run (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 75 yards,
Josh Allen 6 Yd Run (Stephen Hauschka Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 75 yards,
| Second Quarter
Devin Singletary 14 Yd Run (Stephen Hauschka Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 70
Isaiah McKenzie 14 Yd pass from Josh Allen (Stephen Hauschka Kick)
7 plays, 98 yards, 4:26
| Third Quarter
| Fourth Quarter
TJ Jones 4 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 12 plays,
76 yards, 6:17
Frank Gore 1 Yd Run (Stephen Hauschka Kick)
Drive info: 13 plays, 75 yards,
Giants recorded their first three sacks of the season.
gave up a 98-yard touchdown drive, the
longest by a Giants opponent since 2013.
are 0-2 for the sixth time in seven seasons.
Sept 22 Giants at Tampa Bay.
Sept 29 Redskins at Giants.
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