Giants handle Texans 24-16 to move to 7-2

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The Giants have had to squeeze out some close wins over the course of the season, but Sunday’s game against the Texans played out differently.

A Daniel Jones touchdown pass put them up early and they never gave up the lead on their way to a 24-16 home victory. The win lifted the Giants’ record to 7-2 and they’ll try for their eighth win at home against the Lions next Sunday.

Jones threw another touchdown pass in the third quarter and Saquon Barkley ran for his sixth touchdown after the Texans were able to cut the Giants’ lead back down to four points. The Giants were not able to add any points in the fourth quarter, but their defense forced a fumble by running back Dameon Pierce with Houston in scoring position and picked off Davis Mills in the end zone a bit later.

The Texans also hurt themselves with penalties on those would-be scoring drives and the mistakes were ultimately too much for the 1-7-1 team to overcome. Pierce had 17 carries for 94 yards to go with the fumble and continue a strong rookie season, but they need to be much sharper when they host the Commanders in Week 11.

Barkley’s strong season also continued as he posted 35 carries for 152 yards on the day. He and the Giants have reportedly tabled contract extension talks, but more of the same over the rest of the season will set Barkley up well for contract talks once the season is out.

Jones has his own contract issues to sort out and he posted a very efficient line of 13-of-17 for 197 yards in the win. Darius Slayton led the team with 95 receiving yards and a score, tight end Lawrence Cager had his first NFL touchdown, and Isaiah Hodgins also had a couple of big plays for a receiving corps that welcomed Kenny Golladay back in the first half. He had a bad drop, however, and he didn’t see much of the field after that point.

Those aren’t names that anyone expected to be leading the way for the passing game of a 7-2 team, but the Giants have defied expectations all year and they continue to put themselves in great shape for a playoff run.

9 responses to “Giants handle Texans 24-16 to move to 7-2

  1. Nice win coming out of the bye. Don’t know what to say about Golladay, though… he just doesn’t have his head in it.

  2. I’m going to get a lot of eggs thrown at me but I think Golladay needs to build his confidence back up. He’s not used to being that wide open, his catches are mostly contested. Use him in goal line sets, maybe he’ll snap out of it like Slayton has. FYI Barkley is again leading the league in rushing which will make more opportunities for Golladay and Slayton.

  3. Cake schedule. Lions, Texans, Jags, Packers, Bears…..that’s a last place non-division schedule. Lots of division games coming up. The other division teams are not great teams by any stretch, but I would expect 5 more losses for the gIANTS. 10-7 is still good for a first year coach and should be good enough to make the playoffs in a crappy NFC. If things hold, some of the division winners (other divisions) will be weaker than the wild card teams. The playoffs are going to see a lot of road upsets this year.

  4. Golladay isn’t very good right now but to be real he was no bum in Detroit or College. He’s just not worth what Gettleman gave him. He’s definitely better than Sills, James and Johnson.

  5. Well, you can’t say the Texans are tanking, the best beard in football has them playing hard. Just too many mistakes and penalties. Pierce is definitely a stud. I cringe when Mills drops back to pass, he’s just takes too long to pick a target especially with a leaky OL. When he does drop back and sling it he throws a good ball.

  6. Good Win coming off the Bye! I guess I was wrong, schemes can Make or Break a players productivity Regardless of how Talented an individual is. Slayton seems to have “figured it out” while Golladay is looking like he could use a fresh start A la Kadarius Toney.

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