New York Giants vs. Cincinnati Bengals

NYG
25
CIN
23
FINAL
1234T
NYG 3701525
CIN 7301323

Game Information
Location: Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 34,887

CINCINNATI (AP) Daniel Jones completed a difficult week with an upbeat performance that will shush the doubters for a while.

Jones completed a pair of long passes and led the New York Giants to a touchdown during a 25-23 victory over the Bengals on Thursday night in Zac Taylor's first home game as Cincinnati's head coach.

"I think it's time to start asking some questions of the people that didn't like him," coach Pat Shurmur said.

In a GQ article published Tuesday , Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said he was stunned that the Giants drafted the quarterback from Duke in the first round. Mayfield tried to tamp down the comment and texted Jones to explain his remarks.

"He just told me it was a miscommunication, a misinterpretation of what he said," Jones said. "I appreciated him reaching out. I just told him no worries."

Jones got into the game on the Giants' second series and went 9 of 11 for 141 yards the rest of the half. He had completions of 35 yards to Brittan Golden and 27 yards to Darius Slayton on a seven-play touchdown drive, a solid all-around showing for Eli Manning's eventual replacement.

Manning advised Jones about how to handle the flap with Mayfield.

"I thought he did great," Manning said. "I told him what to say. He didn't listen to me, though. He took the high road."

Manning led an opening 15-play series that ended in a field goal and included five plays that gained at least 9 yards. Manning was 4 of 8 for 41 yards. In three preseason games, Manning is 9 of 13 for 86 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.

Golden had a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Giants pulled away.

The Bengals distributed 34,887 tickets for the game, fewer than for the first home preseason game last year. They had the second-lowest home attendance in the league last season, part of the impetus to fire Marvin Lewis and bring in Taylor to try to stir fan interest.

The Bengals' new offense under Taylor has struggled to find consistency. Andy Dalton played three series that ended with a couple of punts and a touchdown.

Dalton found tight end C.J. Uzomah down the right sideline - he beat safety Jabrill Peppers - for a 26-yard touchdown on his third and final series. Dalton was 7 of 10 for 104 yards behind a mix-and-match line. Andre Smith started at left tackle for Cordy Glenn, who missed practice this week, and moved to right tackle in the second quarter.

"I thought we moved the ball well," Dalton said. "On the first drive, we had some missed communications that we've got to get fixed."

Rookie Ryan Finley finished the first half when Dalton left and was 14 of 20 for 155 yards with no interceptions and three sacks.

"Obviously there are some things we need to work on, but we showed flashes of the things we can do well," Uzomah said.

REMEMBERING CED

The Bengals had a moment of silence pregame for former running back Cedric Benson, who died in a motorcycle accident in Texas over the weekend. Benson played for the Bengals from 2008-11.

GO FOR IT

The Giants went for it on fourth down twice in the first quarter. They converted a fourth-and-1 to keep Manning's drive going, and failed on fourth-and-4 on Jones' first drive.

TIGHT END RETURN

Giants tight end Evan Engram made his first preseason appearance and caught the one pass thrown his way for 9 yards.

ATTENDANCE NUMBERS

Last year, the Bengals distributed 35,633 tickets for their first preseason game last year and 39,520 for the second one.

LINE SHUFFLE

Taylor continues to try different combinations on the line, which lost left tackle Jonah Williams and left guard Clint Boling before the start of camp.

"We're working through it," Taylor said. "We need some guys to step up."

INJURIES

Giants: WR Golden Tate III (concussion) was out, along with RB Saquon Barkley. RB Rod Smith scored on a 1-yard TD run in the second quarter and missed the rest of the game with a groin injury.

Bengals: WR John Ross missed his third preseason game with a hamstring injury. Cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard and running back Joe Mixon were held out. WR Auden Tate suffered a left knee injury in the first half and didn't return.

UP NEXT

Giants: Play at New England next Thursday.

Bengals: Host the Colts next Thursday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Giants Bengals
07:00 Aldrick Rosas 41 yd FG 3 0
00:09 C.J. Uzomah 26 yd pass from Andy Dalton (Randy Bullock kick) 3 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Giants Bengals
06:22 Rod Smith 1 yd run (Aldrick Rosas kick) 10 7
00:29 Randy Bullock 50 yd FG 10 10

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Giants Bengals
No scoring this quarter.

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Giants Bengals
13:08 Damion Willis 3 yd pass from Jake Dolegala (Randy Bullock kick) 10 17
08:34 Jon Hilliman 1 yd run (Alonzo Russell 2pt Pass from Kyle Lauletta) 18 17
06:58 Brittan Golden 68 yd punt return (Aldrick Rosas kick) 25 17
02:43 Josh Malone 2 yd pass from Jake Dolegala (failed 2pt Pass from Jake Dolegala) 25 23

Team Stats
  New York Cincinnati
1st Downs 18 21
Total Yards 323 354
Passing 267 325
Passing Completions/Attempts 19-32 31-42
Yards/Pass 7.6 6.9
Rushing 56 29
Rushing Attempts 26 16
Yards/Rush 2.2 1.8
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles Lost 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Possession 28:34 31:26

New York Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Daniel Jones 9 11 141 12.8 0 0
Kyle Lauletta 4 7 77 11.0 0 0
Eli Manning 4 8 41 5.1 0 0
Alex Tanney 2 6 25 4.2 0 0

Cincinnati Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Ryan Finley 14 20 155 7.8 0 0
Andy Dalton 7 10 104 10.4 1 0
Jake Dolegala 10 12 94 7.8 2 0

New York Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Wayne Gallman Jr. 8 31 3.9 0 14
Jon Hilliman 6 14 2.3 1 5
Rod Smith 5 8 1.6 1 5
Reggie White Jr. 1 6 6.0 0 6
Paul Perkins 3 2 0.7 0 1
Kyle Lauletta 3 -5 -1.7 0 -1

Cincinnati Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Rodney Anderson 8 7 0.9 0 8
Alex Erickson 1 6 6.0 0 6
Jordan Ellis 1 5 5.0 0 5
Giovani Bernard 3 4 1.3 0 4
Quinton Flowers 2 4 2.0 0 6
Jake Dolegala 1 3 3.0 0 3

New York Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Brittan Golden 2 59 29.5 0 35
Reggie White Jr. 1 36 36.0 0 36
Russell Shepard 2 31 15.5 0 19
Garrett Dickerson 2 30 15.0 0 18
Paul Perkins 3 27 9.0 0 18
Darius Slayton 1 27 27.0 0 27
Rhett Ellison 2 26 13.0 0 20
C.J. Conrad 1 11 11.0 0 11
Wayne Gallman Jr. 1 10 10.0 0 10
Bennie Fowler III 2 9 4.5 0 5
Cody Latimer 1 9 9.0 0 9
Evan Engram 1 9 9.0 0 9

Cincinnati Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Ventell Bryant 4 55 13.8 0 34
Damion Willis 3 55 18.3 1 33
C.J. Uzomah 2 54 27.0 1 28
Rodney Anderson 4 51 12.8 0 18
Cody Core 4 36 9.0 0 13
Hunter Sharp 2 20 10.0 0 15
Alex Erickson 3 18 6.0 0 12
Tyler Boyd 1 18 18.0 0 18
Jordan Ellis 2 14 7.0 0 11
Josh Malone 2 11 5.5 1 9
Auden Tate 1 10 10.0 0 10
Giovani Bernard 1 6 6.0 0 6
Cethan Carter 1 4 4.0 0 4
Jordan Franks 1 1 1.0 0 1

New York Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Josiah Tauaefa 5 2 1 6
Corey Ballentine 5 2 0 0
Oshane Ximines 3 1 2 15
Jabrill Peppers 3 1 0 0
Terrell Sinkfield 3 0 0 0
Henre' Toliver 3 0 0 0
Sean Chandler 2 0 1 7
B.J. Goodson 2 1 0 0
Kenny Ladler 2 2 0 0
Ronald Zamort 2 0 0 0
Keion Adams 1 0 1 0
Jonathan Anderson 1 1 0 0
Ryan Connelly 1 2 0 0
Markus Golden 1 0 0 0
Grant Haley 1 2 0 0
Dexter Lawrence II 1 0 0 0
Kareem Martin 1 0 0 0
Tenny Adewusi 0 0 0 0
Antoine Bethea 0 1 0 0
Lorenzo Carter 0 2 0 0
Jake Ceresna 0 0 0 0
Tae Davis 0 1 0 0
Garrett Dickerson 0 0 0 0
B.J. Hill 0 0 0 0
Janoris Jenkins 0 0 0 0
Julian Love 0 1 0 0
Avery Moss 0 2 0 0
Aldrick Rosas 0 0 0 0
Russell Shepard 0 0 0 0
Chris Slayton 0 3 0 0
Michael Thomas 0 1 0 0

Cincinnati Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Tony McRae 4 2 0 0
Shawn Williams 3 1 0 0
Kerry Wynn 2 2 1 10
Preston Brown 2 0 0 0
Deshaun Davis 2 1 0 0
Ryan Glasgow 2 1 0 0
Davontae Harris 2 1 0 0
William Jackson III 2 0 0 0
Carl Lawson 1 0 1 7
Jessie Bates III 1 3 0 0
Anthony Chesley 1 1 0 0
Sam Hubbard 1 0 0 0
Tyree Kinnel 1 0 0 0
Josh Tupou 1 2 0 0
Nick Vigil 1 0 0 0
B.W. Webb 1 0 0 0
Brandon Wilson 1 0 0 0
Renell Wren 1 2 0 0
Germaine Pratt 0 1 0.5 0
Jordan Willis 0 2 0.5 0
Andrew Brown 0 2 0 0
Noah Dawkins 0 1 0 0
Carlos Dunlap 0 0 0 0
Dan Godsil 0 0 0 0
Clark Harris 0 0 0 0
Trayvon Henderson 0 1 0 0
Malik Jefferson 0 2 0 0
Dare Odeyingbo 0 1 0 0

New York Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Cincinnati Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

New York Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Brittan Golden 2 41 20.5 0 23
TJ Jones 1 30 30.0 0 30

Cincinnati Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Josh Malone 1 29 29.0 0 29
Hunter Sharp 1 22 22.0 0 22
Alex Erickson 1 16 16.0 0 16

New York Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Brittan Golden 3 73 24.3 1 68
TJ Jones 1 4 4.0 0 4

Cincinnati Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Hunter Sharp 2 14 7.0 0 11

New York Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Aldrick Rosas 1 1 100.0 41

Cincinnati Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Randy Bullock 1 1 100.0 50

New York Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Johnny Townsend 3 131 51
Riley Dixon 1 40 40

Cincinnati Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Kevin Huber 5 194 43