The Giants cut the Raiders lead to 17-14 with 5:16 left in the game with a 13-yard touchdown from Geno Smith to Evan Engram. The following possession, the Raiders put the game out of reach with a David Carr to Johnny Holten 5-yard touchdown with 3:23 left in the game.
Smith was OK in his first start in a Giants uniform, completing 21-of-34 passes for 212 yards, a touchdown and two turnovers. Smith took over the starting quarterback job this week after head coach Ben McAdoo announced that he was benching Eli Manning earlier this week.
Evan Engram had another productive game at tight end for Big Blue. Engram caught seven passes for 99 yards on eight targets. He led the Giants in receiving on the day.
New York struggled to run the ball against Oakland’s front, averaging 2.7 yards per carry on 24 carries on the day. Orleans Darkwa led the group in rushing, with 32 yards on 14 carries, including a first half touchdown.
Moments That Mattered
- LB Jonathan Casillas, QB Davis Webb, OL Justin Pugh, CB Eli Apple, WR Travis Rudolph, LB Jeremy Cash, and DT Khyrie Thornton were all inactive for today’s game.
- Eli Manning was active for the game but Geno Smith started at quarterback for the Giants. That ended Manning’s streak of 210 consecutive starts.
- With 1:10 left in the first half, the Giants tackled Marquette King before he was able to get a punt off on third down. The Giants took over at the Raiders 9-yard line. One play later, Geno Smith was strip sacked by Khalil Mack, ending the Giants scoring opportunity right after it started.
- Giants right tackle Chad Wheeler left the game in the fourth quarter with a concussion and did not return.
- Engram caught a touchdown with 5:16 left in the fourth quarter, a 13-yard pass-and-catch from Smith. The touchdown gave Engram the franchise record for touchdowns by a rookie tight end (6).
The Giants will play in their 13th regular season game on Dec. 10, when they will head back home to MetLife Stadium to take on the Dallas Cowboys. The game can be seen on FOX at 1 p.m. EST.
NOTE: Be sure to check out Dan Berkman’s post-game Facebook Live session.