Jones, Barkley lead Giants previous Texans 24-16 for 7-2 begin
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Daniel Jones threw two landing passes, Saquon Barkley ran for 152 yards and a TD and the stunning New York Giants returned from their bye week and beat the Houston Texans 24-16 on Sunday.
Jones, who was 13 of 17 for 197 yards, hit tight finish Lawrence Cager on a 9-yard TD cross and Darius Slayton on a 54-yard catch and run because the Giants (7-2) tallied on their opening possession of every half in constructing a 14-3 lead.
Barkley, who had a career-high 35 carries, scored from 2-yards out within the third quarter after the Texans (1-7-1) closed to 14-10.
The Giants protection preserved the win, forcing two red-zone turnovers within the fourth quarter. Linebacker Jaylon Smith recovered Dameon Pierce’s fumble on the 11-yard line and Dane Belton intercepted Davis Mills’ cross ultimately zone, one play after Houston misplaced a TD cross to Brandin Cooks due to a holding name.
Mills (22 of 37 for 319 yards) threw a 12-yard landing cross to Nico Collins and Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked discipline targets of 38, 34 and 46 yards for Houston, which has misplaced 4 straight.
The final discipline purpose reduce the result in eight factors with 7 seconds to play however Adoree Jackson recovered the onside kick to seal the win.
Pierce ran for 94 yards and had two catches for 28 yards for the Texans.
The 7-2 begin is the most effective for the Giants since opening 8-1 in 2008. They are hoping to make the playoffs for the primary time since 2016.
Cager was elevated from the follow squad for the sport and the TD catch was the primary of his temporary four-game profession, three with the Jets. He additionally recovered an onside kick after Fairbairn’s second discipline purpose. … Texans TE Jordan Akins had three catches for 72 yards. … Slayton finised with three catches for 95 yards.
No accidents had been introduced in the course of the recreation.
Texans: Return residence to play the Commanders on Sunday.
Giants: Host Lions on Sunday.
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