Nov 20, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (30) scores touchdown in the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Jamaal Williams scores trio of TDs as Lions surprise Giants

Jamaal Williams scored three rushing touchdowns and the visiting Detroit Lions achieved a three-game winning streak for the first time since 2017 by surprising the New York Giants 31-18 on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Williams rushed for 64 yards on 17 carries. Jared Goff passed for 165 yards, while Justin Jackson rushed for 66 yards on nine carries. Amon-Ra St. Brown caught seven passes for 76 yards for Detroit (4-6).

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones passed for 341 yards and a touchdown but was also picked off twice. Jones also rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown, but star running back Saquon Barkley was held to 22 yards on 15 carries.

Wan’Dale Robinson caught nine passes for 100 yards for the Giants (7-3). New York’s defense gave up a season high in points.

The Lions drove 11 plays and 64 yards on their first possession, which ended with Michael Badgley’s 24-yard field goal.

New York answered with an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Jones completed three passes of 16 or more yards and finished it off with a 3-yard scoring run. Graham Gano missed the extra point.

Aidan Hutchinson intercepted Jones’ pass in the second quarter and returned it 20 yards to the Giants’ 18-yard line. That set up Williams’ first touchdown of the game, a 4-yard run.

Detroit drove 68 yards on its final possession of the half, which Williams finished off with a 1-yard plunge. A 32-yard pass from Goff to St. Brown was the big play on the drive.

Jackson’s 36-yard kickoff return to open the second half put Detroit in good field position. The Lions cashed in once again on another Williams 1-yard run.

The Giants drove 67 yards to cut Detroit’s lead to 24-12. Matt Breida scored on a 3-yard run with 13:21 remaining. Gano once again missed the extra point.

Hutchinson recovered a fumble to give the Lions the ball at New York’s 33-yard line. That led to D’Andre Swift’s 4-yard touchdown run.

Jones hit Richie James for a 9-yard touchdown pass with 4:20 remaining. The two-point conversion pass attempt failed, leaving the score at 31-18.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs with the ball against the Houston Texans during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Efficient Giants leery of streaking Lions

Life hasn’t been this good this late in the season for the New York Giants since 2016, when they finished 11-5.

New York (7-2) holds what would be a playoff position in the NFC through Week 10 and came out of its bye week by using a familiar formula for success to smack the Houston Texans.

The Giants relied on Saquon Barkley’s legs and Daniel Jones’ savvy, while the defense continued to limit big plays.

New York churned out its seventh single-digit victory against Houston and now hosts the suddenly revived Detroit Lions (3-6) on Sunday.

Barkley, the league’s leading rusher at 931 yards, toted the ball a whopping 35 times for 152 yards against the Texans and capitalized on the NFL’s worst run defense.

Jones hasn’t passed for more than 217 yards in any game this season but he’s made smart decisions and uses his mobility when necessary. He hasn’t thrown an interception in six games, which is a big reason why the Giants are breathing down the necks of the Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) for the NFC East lead.

Darius Slayton is emerging as the top wideout. He caught a 54-yard touchdown pass against the Texans and has 11 receptions over the past three games.

The defense gave up a season-high 27 points to Seattle just before the bye week and allowed 387 yards to Houston but produced two turnovers and four sacks in the 24-16 victory.

The Giants have the NFL’s second-ranked defense in the red zone, allowing touchdowns just 38.2 percent of the time.

“They execute well. It’s not very complicated in terms of if you do your job, you give yourself a chance to make a play or execute a particular (play),” head coach Brian Daboll said. “Whether it’s offense, defense — whatever it may be — those guys do a good job each week of honing in on the game plan. Coaches do a good job of installing the game plan, and at the end of the day, the players got to make the plays down there.”

Despite its record, Detroit is quite capable of chunk plays. The offense has produced 42 plays of 20 or more yards, fourth-most in the league.

“They create explosive plays,” Daboll said. “The other thing they’re really good at is down in the red zone, finishing drives. It’s a team effort every week of how you need to play a game. But they’re an explosive team — no question about it.”

The Lions did something in Chicago that they hadn’t accomplished in 29 years. They rallied last week from a 24-10 deficit to pull out a 31-30 victory, the franchise’s first win after trailing by 14 or more points entering the fourth quarter since 1993.

Detroit snapped a five-game losing streak the previous week by edging Green Bay 15-9.

Now, the Lions will try to accomplish something they haven’t done since 2017 — win three consecutive games.

“If you really want to become a truly competitive, good team, you have to stack some wins together,” second-year head coach Dan Campbell said. “All the good ones do.”

Campbell’s team will need to find ways to limit Barkley, as well as Jones, on the ground. Jones has rushed for 387 yards and three touchdowns and Detroit’s defense has struggled against mobile quarterbacks. Bears quarterback Justin Fields rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns last week.

“They’re running the ball well,” Campbell said of the Giants, who average 4.8 yards per carry. “Most of it is Barkley. That’s where the explosive plays are coming from and that’s helping the quarterback play well, too. They’re playing good football right now. They’re very efficient.”

The Lions’ offense has been much more efficient over the past three games, turning the ball over just once.

Center Frank Ragnow (foot), receiver Josh Reynolds (back) and running back Jamaal Williams (illness) were among the Lions who didn’t practice on Wednesday. Tight end Daniel Bellinger (eye) and linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux (illness) sat out the Giants’ practice.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills (10) throws an incomplete pass under pressure from New York Giants linebacker Jaylon Smith (54) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Saquon Barkley rushes Giants past Texans

Saquon Barkley rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown as the New York Giants turned a third-quarter eruption into a 24-16 win over the visiting Houston Texas on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Barkley capped a 12-play, 74-yard march with a 2-yard touchdown run that answered a Houston scoring drive that cut the deficit to 14-10 midway through the third quarter. After totaling 182 yards in the first half, the Giants (7-2) recorded 149 yards on two third-quarter scoring drives.

The Giants’ first touchdown mark of the third quarter wasn’t as prolonged as the second.

Quarterback Daniel Jones adeptly avoided the rush just long enough to find Darius Slayton in the flat, and the wideout followed by avoiding the tackle of Texans rookie safety Jalen Pitre before darting up the sideline 54 yards for a touchdown. The score extended the Giants’ lead to 14-3 at the 12:33 mark.

Davis Mills and the Texans (1-7-1) managed a hasty response, covering 75 yards in seven plays with the quarterback completing all four of his pass attempts for 64 yards — including a 12-yard touchdown toss to Nico Collins.

But after Barkley gave the Giants a 21-10 lead, the Texans were slowed by a pair of turnovers.

Texans rookie running back Dameon Pierce fumbled at the Giants’ 10 on the drive following the Barkley score, with Giants linebacker Jaylon Smith recovering the fumble.

In the fourth quarter, Mills had his scoring pass to Brandin Cooks wiped away by a holding call on rookie guard Kenyon Green. On the next snap, Giants safety Dane Belton picked off Mills in the end zone.

Mills completed 22 of 37 passes for 319 yards.

The first half was an offensive slog for both teams.

The Texans failed to muster a first down in the first quarter, amassing minus-3 yards on nine plays across three possessions. The Giants, meanwhile, showed early promise but failed to maintain their momentum.

Keyed by a 36-yard Jones-to-Slayton pass play, the Giants grabbed a 7-0 lead at the 7:51 mark of the first on Jones’ 9-yard scoring pass to tight end Lawrence Cager. The Giants totaled 113 yards in the period and possessed the ball for 10:07 but mistakes in the second proved costly.

Guard Jack Anderson was whistled for a false start on 4th-and-1 in Houston territory, a miscue that forced the Giants to punt. Later in the second, Maliek Collins and Christian Kirksey combined for a third-down sack of Jones that pushed the Giants out of range for a field goal.

Aside from a seven-play, 61-yard drive that resulted in a 38-yard Ka’imi Fairbairn field goal — Pierce broke off a 44-yard scamper on that possession — the Texans accumulated 25 yards in the half and trailed 7-3 at the break after recording more punts (five) than first downs (four).

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Giants looking past injuries with Texans next

Beyond the surprisingly positive results, the first half of the season was relatively pristine for the New York Giants. That was before the bye week brought with it an unfortunate injury revelation.

The Giants (6-2), set to face visiting the Houston Texans (1-6-1) on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J., placed safety Xavier McKinney on the reserve/non-football injury list after McKinney suffered a hand injury in an ATV accident while on vacation. One of five Giants to start all eight games on defense, McKinney ranks fourth on the team with 38 tackles and has four passes defended and a forced fumble.

The loss of McKinney for several weeks not only impacts the Giants statistically, but it also alters roles on their defense. Safety Julian Love will assume the responsibility of relaying the plays on the field while Dane Belton and Jason Pinnock step into the void with McKinney sidelined.

Giants coach Brian Daboll sidestepped any revelation of whether McKinney was disciplined for his actions, and was curt in assessing how the Giants would move forward in his absence.

“I feel bad for Xavier. Disappointed that he got injured,” Daboll said. “And he’ll do everything he can do to get back and be ready to go.

“I feel bad for him, I feel bad for us. I know he’s disappointed. But can’t do anything about that now. We’ll get ready to play Houston.”

Even without McKinney, the Giants are well-positioned to keep pace in a competitive NFC East.

The Giants were without tight end Daniel Bellinger (eye) and tackle Evan Neal (knee) at practice on Wednesday. However, Daboll said the Giants were “moving in the right direction” with the likes of cornerback Cor’Dale Flott (calf), receiver Kenny Golladay (knee) and linebacker Oshane Ximines (quad), all of whom should provide a boost against a scuffling opponent in Houston.

The Giants have won four consecutive meetings against the Texans.

Quarterback Daniel Jones has posted a 90-plus passer rating in three of his past four starts while amassing five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) in four home games this season. Saquon Barkley ranks second among all running backs, averaging 121 scrimmage yards, including seven games with 85-plus scrimmage yards.

The Texans remain without receiver Brandin Cooks while rookie running back Dameon Pierce, their lone bright spot offensively with 678 yards and three rushing touchdowns, was a limited participant on Wednesday with a chest/shoulder injury.

Defensive lineman Maliek Collins (chest) and receiver Nico Collins (groin) appear to be on the mend, but the Texans are 0-3 since emerging from their bye with an average margin of defeat of 12.3 points.

“To get them back, of course, is big, two guys that we depend on,” Texans coach Lovie Smith said. “Maliek Collins, it all kind of starts with, most defenses, interior guys, the closest ones to the quarterback. To be able to get Maliek back is big for us. We missed him an awful lot. We’re starting that process. He was limited (Wednesday), but he’s getting closer to playing.

“Nico Collins, one of our best players too, big, good target, that has to help. Eventually, getting both of those guys back in the mix will help our team a lot, absolutely.”

–Field Level Media

New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll, left, talks to safety Xavier McKinney (29) during the second day of training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

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Giants get WR back, lose two for season during bye week

The bye week was painful for the New York Giants.

Safety Xavier McKinney is out for weeks with a hand injury suffered while on an ATV tour during the week off and the Giants also lost defensive tackle Nick Williams in a more traditional method; he suffered a torn biceps at Seattle before the bye week.

“I feel bad for Xavier. Disappointed that he got injured. And he’ll do everything he can do to get back and be ready to go,” Giants head coach Brian Daboll said. “I feel bad for him. I feel bad for us. I know he’s disappointed. But we can’t do anything about that now.”

Daboll said Tuesday the Giants also confirmed cornerback Aaron Robinson (knee) would be out for the season. He was injured in the Week 4 win over the Chicago Bears.

McKinney, the team’s defensive co-captain and on-field play caller, was placed on the non-football injury list and cannot return before Dec. 11. Daboll said he would miss at least the mandatory four games but wouldn’t disclose the nature of the injury incurred while riding an ATV in Mexico.

The Giants did get some potential good news with wide receiver Kenny Golladay back at practice. Golladay, the purported lead receiver for the Giants, last practiced two days before New York beat the Bears (Week 4) due to a sprained knee.

Offensive guard Shane Lemieux, the starter on the left side, has been out with a foot injury since Aug. 11 but was able to practice Tuesday. The Giants are likely to take their time with Lemieux, who started in 2020 as a rookie and suffered a knee injury in 2021.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; New York Giants safety Xavier McKinney (29) sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7)  during the second quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Giants S Xavier McKinney out ‘few weeks’ after bye week injury

Giants starting safety Xavier McKinney will miss “a few weeks” after suffering a hand injury while on vacation in Mexico during the bye week.

McKinney announced his injury Monday via Twitter.

“During our bye week, I went away to Cabo,” McKinney tweeted. “While there, I joined a group for a guided sight-seeing tour on ATVs. Unfortunately, I had an accident and injured my hand. The injury will keep me sidelined for a few weeks. I will do everything I can to get back as quickly as possible so I can contribute to what we’re building here in NY.”

McKinney, 23, is in his third season with the Giants, having started all eight games this season, compiling 38 tackles — two for loss — one forced fumble and his first career sack.

McKinney was drafted by the Giants as the 36th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft after three seasons at Alabama.

The Giants (6-2) host the Houston Texans (1-6-1) in Week 10.

–Field Level Media

Aug 11, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands the ball off to running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first half of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Giants to discuss Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley extensions

The New York Giants will discuss contract extensions for Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley during their bye week.

“We’ll have those meetings this week,” general manager Joe Schoen confirmed Tuesday.

The Giants (6-2) had their four-game winning streak snapped with Sunday’s 27-13 loss at Seattle, but have already matched their highest season win total since going 11-5 in 2016.

Jones, 25, was a first-round pick (sixth overall) in 2019 and has completed 63.1 percent of his passes this season for 1,399 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions in eight starts.

Barkley, 25, was a first-rounder (second overall) in 2018 and currently is second in the NFL with 779 rushing yards. He has five rushing touchdowns and 28 catches for 189 yards in eight games.

“We’ll kind of circle up with some strategy meetings as we move forward on contract extensions and if we may or may not do anybody,” Schoen said. “If I did, this would be the week. I would want to entertain it during the bye week, and then I probably won’t do anything after that. I don’t want anything to be a distraction to the players or organization. So, if we do something, it would be probably before Monday with any of our guys.”

Jones is playing in the final season of his four-year, $25.6 million rookie contract after the Giants declined their fifth-year option in April. Barkley is playing on his fifth-year option this season for $7.2 million.

–Field Level Media

Aug 29, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; A detailed view of the San Francisco 49ers helmet logo at midfield at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Former 49ers executive John McVay dies at 91

Former San Francisco 49ers executive John McVay, who helped build five Super Bowl title teams, has died at 91.

The 49ers announced McVay’s death on Tuesday and said he passed away on Monday. The club didn’t say what caused his death.

McVay teamed with Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh — and then George Seifert — to guide the 49ers to five Super Bowl crowns in a 14-season span from 1981-94. He spent 22 seasons with San Francisco, from 1979-95 and 1999-2003, and held a variety of titles, including general manager and director of football operations.

“This is a very sad day for our organization and the entire football community,” the 49ers said in a statement. “John McVay was a driving force in constructing teams for our five Super Bowl titles. Most importantly, John was a Hall of Fame person who built genuine and sincere relationships with front office staff, coaches and players. John’s commitment and contributions to the 49ers created the standard and tradition we strive to carry on today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the McVay family.”

McVay’s grandson, Sean, is the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, the reigning Super Bowl champions.

“John was such an instrumental influence on Sean and his leadership qualities permeate our entire organization through the relationship he had with his grandson,” the Rams said in a statement. “John’s legacy will live on forever and the marks he left on his family, our league, and our game will never be forgotten.”

John McVay also served as coach of the New York Giants for 2 1/2 seasons from 1976-78 and compiled a 14-23 record.

He was on the wrong side of history on Nov. 19, 1978 when the Giants held a late lead and quarterback Joe Pisarcik botched a handoff to Larry Csonka and fumbled the ball. Herm Edwards recovered and ran 26 yards for a touchdown with 20 seconds left to give the Philadelphia Eagles a 19-17 victory in what is known as the “Miracle at the Meadowlands.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) during the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Lockett’s redemptive touchdown sends Seahawks past Giants

Tyler Lockett overcame a pair of rare miscues to catch the tiebreaking touchdown as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the visiting New York Giants 27-13 Sunday afternoon in the NFL’s lone matchup of the week between teams with winning records.

The veteran receiver hauled in a pass from Geno Smith down the right sideline and scored a 33-yard touchdown with 9:18 remaining to put Seattle ahead for good.

Smith was 23 of 34 for 212 yards and two touchdowns for the NFC West-leading Seahawks (5-3). Smith went 5 of 5 for 75 yards on the go-ahead drive. Lockett finished the game with five receptions for 63 yards.

The Giants (6-2) were limited to 225 yards of total offense by a Seattle defense that was ranked 29th in total yardage. Daniel Jones was 17-of-31 passing for 176 yards and was sacked five times. Saquon Barkley gained just 53 yards on 20 carries.

Lockett lost a fumble at Seattle’s own 2-yard line that led to New York’s lone touchdown — a 1-yard run by Barkley with 5:51 left in the first half that tied the score at 7-7.

Lockett also had a potential touchdown reception late in the third quarter fall to the turf after the ball grazed his facemask. Lockett was charged with his first dropped pass of the season.

The Seahawks benefited from a pair of fumbles by New York punt returner Richie James, which led to 10 points.

The latter, with 6:04 remaining, gave Seattle the ball at the Giants’ 32-yard line. Smith hit tight end Noah Fant for 16 yards, then Kenneth Walker III scored on a 16-yard run to give Seattle a two-possession lead. Walker rushed 18 times for 51 yards.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Seahawks took the lead as Smith threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to DK Metcalf with 12:07 left in the half to cap a 15-play, 69-yard drive.

After the Giants tied it, James’ first fumble led to Jason Myers’ 35-yard field goal with 1:38 left to give the Seahawks a 10-7 lead at the intermission.

New York opened the second half with a 14-play, 79-yard drive that took 8:56 off the clock. But the Giants stalled in the red zone and had to settle for Graham Gano’s 31-yard field goal to tie the score at 10-10.

The teams traded field goals — a 51-yarder by Myers and a 31-yarder by Gano — before Lockett’s go-ahead score.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney (89) runs the ball against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Chiefs acquire WR Kadarius Toney from Giants

The Kansas City Chiefs acquired wide receiver Kadarius Toney from the New York Giants on Thursday for a third-round pick and a sixth-round pick, ESPN and NFL Network reported.

Both picks are 2023. However, ESPN reports the third-round pick is conditional while NFL Network reports it’s a compensatory pick in Round 3.

A first-round pick in 2021, Toney has reportedly been battling a hamstring injury all season and hasn’t played since Week 2. He has just two catches for zero yards and two rushes for 23 yards.

In 10 games (four starts) as a rookie last year, Toney caught 39 passes for 420 yards.

Toney also saw 60 percent of his snaps from the slot in 2021 and could eventually become the Chiefs’ primary slot receiver.

–Field Level Media