Enjoy our second-half Open Thread!
Halftime score: The Giants and Falcons have hit halftime. Atlanta has a 10-3 lead. While the first quarter focused more on the Giants’ ability to pressure Matt Ryan, the second quarter was all about the Falcons taking down Eli Manning. Three of his four first-half sacks came in the second quarter, taking his total to 24 on the season.
The first score of the evening came in the second quarter, as well, with Atlanta’s Austin Hooper scoring on a 47-yard pass by Ryan. The Giants tried to answer on the following drive, but had to settle for a field goal after Manning’s fourth sack came on a third down while in the red zone. The Falcons closed out the half with another field goal, extending their lead.
Manning finished the half completing 13 of his 16 pass attempts for 154 yards. Saquon Barkley had seven carries for eight yards and six receptions for 36 yards. Odell Beckham, Jr. caught three passes on five targets for 57 yards, and Sterling Shepard had two receptions for 50 total yards. The Giants had 147 yards at halftime (an average of 5.1 yards per play), compared to 191 yards (8.1 yards per play) for the Falcons.
Injury update: Giants cornerback Eli Apple limped to the sideline at the end of the second quarter; the team has listed him as questionable to return with an ankle injury.
Injury Update: CB Eli Apple (ankle) is questionable to return. #NYGvsATL— New York Giants (@Giants) October 23, 2018
First quarter update: The game is scoreless after the first quarter, and the theme of the game thus far is pressure, particularly that generated by the Giants’ defense against Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan. Ryan has been sacked three times already, the first via a combo of Kerry Wynn and Olivier Vernon, the second by corner B.W. Webb and the third by Lorenzo Carter.
Eli Manning completed all seven of his pass attempts, for 67 yards, while also taking one sack. Saquon Barkley has three carries for four yards and four receptions for 24 yards. Odell Beckham, Jr. has two catches for 31 yards. In addition to their three sacks, New York’s defense has also recorded five tackles for a loss. Head over to our first-half Open Thread!
It’s time for kickoff! Check out our Open Thread here.
More Manning bros doing their Manning bro thing:
OBJ runs up to Randy Moss and mocks him by doing his infamous moon celebration in Green Bay pic.twitter.com/wwO5WTpIeJ— Giants Daily (@NYGDaily) October 22, 2018
Peyton Manning is on hand to support his younger brother tonight:
G Patrick Omameh
WR Jawill Davis
QB Kyle Lauletta
S Kamrin Moore
WR Russell Shepard
CB Mike Jordan
DT John Jenkins
John Greco for Omameh at RG
Spencer Pulley for Greco at C
K Matt Bryant
RB Brian Hill
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson
DE Steven Means
G Zac Kerin
T Matt Gono
DT Michael Bennett
What: New York Giants vs. Atlanta Falcons
When: Monday, Oct. 22
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Game time: 8:15 p.m.
Announcers: Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Jason Witten (Color Commentary), Anthony “Booger” McFarland (Sideline Analyst), Lisa Salters (Sideline Reporter)
Radio: Sirus XM: National: Channel 88, Falcons: 225, Giants 226; GTiants Radio Network — WFAN (880 AM – New York), Local affiliates; WADO (1280 AM – Spanish Broadcast).
Prediction: Odds Shark predicts a 32-19 Falcons victory
Online Stream: WatchESPN