EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants now find themselves 6-3 following a solid defensive performance in a 21-20 victory over the sputtering Cincinnati Bengals.
The Giants held the Bengals to 282 yards from scrimmage and blanked Cincinnati after Alex Erickson’s 84-yard kickoff return set up Jeremy Hill’s nine-yard scoring run on the opening series of the second half. New York didn’t allow a TD the rest of the night and finished with three sacks of Andy Dalton after entering the game with a league-low 11. Landon Collins picked off Dalton in the fourth quarter, and the Giants sacked the Bengals’ quarterback on consecutive plays before running out the clock.
The Giants didn’t take the lead for good until Eli Manning threw his third touchdown pass of the game, a fourth-down gamble by rookie coach Ben McAdoo.
Sterling Shepard’s three-yard scoring reception in the fourth quarter wiped out Cincinnati’s 20-14 lead.
Manning was 28 of 44 for 240 yards, three TDs and two interceptions. Odell Beckham Jr. had 10 receptions for 97 yards, and Rasheed Jennings had 87 yards rushing for a ground game that was averaging less than 70 yards through eight games.
The Giants have outscored their opponents by just 21 points in their six victories.
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