Buffalo Payments cling on — barely — in a 14-9 win over the New York Giants

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Buffalo Payments head coach Sean McDermott cheers on his gamers on the finish of the primary half of an NFL soccer recreation in opposition to the New York Giants in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday Oct. 15, 2023. (AP Picture/ Jeffrey T. Barnes) AP

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — It took Josh Allen and the Buffalo Payments offense practically three quarters to search out their rhythm.

Seems, that was simply sufficient in pulling out a 14-9 win in opposition to the offensively challenged and under-manned New York Giants.

“We’re a a lot better workforce than we confirmed tonight, and confirmed final week,” Allen lamented in reflecting again to Buffalo’s jet-lagged begin in a 25-20 loss to Jacksonville at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London final weekend. “We bought to determine why that’s, and get ourselves out of a funk early on.”

After being shut out within the first half for the primary time since 2019, Allen and the offense discovered some semblance of effectivity in overseeing two prolonged landing drives, capped by Quintin Morris’ 15-yard landing catch with 3:48 remaining.

It was barely sufficient in a ground-it-out, yard-by-yard chippy and sometimes sloppy thriller that wasn’t determined till the ultimate play, and on an untimed down.

Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s cross into the tip zone glanced off Darren Waller’s proper hand dealing with first-and-goal from the 1. New York bought the additional likelihood after linebacker Terrel Bernard was flagged for defensive interference on a cross supposed for Waller as time expired on third-and-5 from Buffalo’s 10.

Whereas the Payments (4-2) barely held on, the Giants (1-5) have been lamenting their fourth straight loss coming all the way down to a season-long lack of ability to search out the tip zone. New York settled for 3 area objectives by Graham Gano because the workforce ended each the sport and the primary half having a drive finish at Buffalo’s 1.

“It got here all the way down to 1 yard and simply missed it,” coach Brian Daboll stated. “We bought it down there 4 occasions and we didn’t put it in. That’s actually the distinction within the recreation, not with the ability to punch it in the long run zone.”

The primary half ended with Saquon Barkley being stopped for no acquire on first-and-goal from the 1 with the Giants out of timeouts and unable to get off one other snap as time expired.

New York has failed to attain an offensive landing within the first half this season, and has solely mixed to attain six touchdowns — together with one by the protection on Jason Pinnock’s 102-yard interception return in a 31-16 loss at Miami final week.

“We bought to discover a method to give you factors right here. I put that on me,” stated Barkley, who had 93 yards on 24 carries in his first recreation after lacking three with an ankle harm. “Everybody’s pissed off with dropping.”

The Payments, meantime, have been respiration a serious sigh of aid following an outing by which Buffalo opened as 14-point favorites based on Fanduel SportsBook.

Buffalo overcame two first-half turnovers — receiver Gabe Davis’ misplaced fumble and an Allen interception — which led to the Giants pulling forward on Gano hitting 29- and 43-yard area objectives. And the Payments gained for simply the sixth time when being shutout via three quarters — and first since 10-7 win at Philadelphia in December 1993.

Buffalo didn’t rating till six seconds into the fourth quarter, when Allen capped a 17-play, 89-yard drive with a 3-yard landing cross to Deonte Harty.

“Oh, man that was wild,” Payments security Micah Hyde stated. “Lucky to get the win and yeah survive one other week. I do know it’s early within the season however you may’t let these shut video games slip and we have been capable of get it performed.”

Per week after permitting the Jaguars to transform 10 of 18 third-down makes an attempt, Buffalo persevered in an outing it allowed the Giants to transform 10 of 19.

And Buffalo was practically crushed by an opponent that was lacking beginning quarterback Daniel Jones (neck) and two beginning offensive linemen.

The sport featured a scare within the second quarter when Buffalo operating again Damien Harris was loaded into an ambulance on the sector and brought to the hospital for testing after sustaining a neck harm. Harris flashed a thumbs-up signal along with his left hand as he was being loaded into the ambulance. The Payments stated the fifth-year participant had motion in his extremities.

Coach Sean McDermott supplied an replace in saying Harris was trending properly.

Allen completed 19 of 30 for 169 yards passing with two touchdowns and an interception.

Taylor completed 24 of 36 for 200 yards in making his first begin in two years, when he was with Houston. Taylor was additionally dealing with his former workforce, after going 22-20 over three seasons in Buffalo from 2015-17.

“It’s robust to exit on that one, particularly after we did as a lot as we did to get into that state of affairs,” Taylor stated. “Any loss hurts. … Whether or not or not it hurts extra as a result of it’s in Buffalo, I wouldn’t say that.”

PUSHING AND SHOVING

A close to melee broke out within the Payments finish zone within the third quarter. It started with linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux laying on the turf and kicking at Buffalo left sort out Dion Dawkins. New York’s Leonard Williams then pushed down Payments proper sort out Spencer Brown. And even Allen bought into it through the use of his shoulder to run into linebacker Bobby Okereke.

O-LINE INJURIES

The Giants started the day lacking two offensive line starters in left sort out Andrew Thomas and heart John Michael Schmitz. Joshua Ezeudu, beginning instead of Thomas, left the sport and didn’t return as a result of a toe harm within the first half. The led Justin Pugh transferring to left sort out. Pugh had simply been signed to New York’s follow squad this week, and was enjoying his first recreation since tearing a knee ligament with Arizona final season.

UP NEXT

Giants: Host the Washington Commanders on Sunday.

Payments: On the New England Patriots on Sunday.


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