The Giants once again won the toss and elected to defer to the second half, putting their defense on the field to start the game. It turned out to be a good decision, as the Giants’ defense played well, allowing just three points in the first three drives.
The Giants’ offense featuring a new new-look offensive line with John Greco at center and Chad Wheeler at right tackle showed a marked improvement over the first two weeks. The protection was far from perfect, but Eli Manning showed more confidence, standing tall and making some impressive throws. Saquon Barkley capped the first drive with a 15-yard touchdown run, coming back to the field after suffering a bruised knee earlier in the drive. The Giants’ second drive ended with 44-yard field goal by Aldrick Rosas, who also drilled a 30 yard attempt to finish the Giants’ third drive.
Eli Manning was on fire in the first half, completing 12-of-14 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown, while Saquon Barkley rushed 10 times for 69 yards and a touchdown. Odell Beckham caught 5 of 6 targets for 75 yards.
With Barkley dinged, both Jonathan Stewart and Wayne Gallman saw more snaps than they otherwise might have. Both ran well and provided a variety of styles for which the Texans defense had to account.
Evan Engram left the field in the game following a similar hit to the knee while running at full speed down the sideline. He was ruled with a knee injury.
The Giants will get the ball to start the second half. Use this as your open thread.