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It’s difficult to gauge where the New York Giants are at this juncture of the preseason as their opponents, the Chicago Bears, did not play any of their starters while the Giants did.

The Giants sat quite a few players themselves. Their three top offensive playmakers — wide receiver Sterling Shepard (thumb), running back Saquon Barkley (load management) and tight end Evan Engram (coach’s decision) — were all scratches.

That didn’t stop Eli Manning and the Giants’ offense from putting together a 10-play, 79-yard scoring drive to open the game.

Manning went 4-for-4 for 42 yards including an 8-yard touchdown strike to Bennie Fowler. Running backs Rod Smith, subbing for Wayne Gallman (toe), rushed for 33 yards on six carries on that first drive as well.

Manning hit three different receivers on that drive and 16 players in all caught passes for the Giants in the game. Is this a harbinger for things to come this season?

“Yeah, I think so,” Manning said in a sideline interview. “We have a lot of guys who have been working hard, who were here last year and have played well for us. We’ll get Cody (Latimer), Bennie (Fowler), Golden (Tate) and Rhett (Ellison) going. When we get Saquon (Barkley) in there, we’ll have him. We have a lot of guys that we have great confidence in that can get open. We’ll spread it around and just throw it to the open guy.”

Daniel Jones relieved Manning on the second possession behind the Giants’ starting offensive line. Jones hit on his first three passes, highlighted by a 40-yarder down the left sideline to Cody Latimer. The good feeling wouldn’t last long however, as Jones fumbled the snap on the very next play, turning the ball over to Chicago on the Bears’ 24.

Jones then came back to earth with two incompletions on his next drive, but it looked like T.J. Jones stumbled and could not get to the ball. Later on in the quarter, Jones had the ball stripped from him by the Bears’ James Vaughters, who beat Chad Slade to the inside.

Jones was given a final opportunity to put up some points before the half after the Bears snapped the football out of the end zone with 2:59 remaining in the second quarter. The drive ended with Jones hitting T.J. Jones in the corner of the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown putting the Giants up, 19-3.

All-in-all, a very sloppy game that basically served to safeguard the Bears’ starters from injury and give the Giants a chance to gain some cohesiveness after an offseason that saw many personnel changes.

  • No Barkley, no problem. The Giants gained 161 yards on the ground and 411 overall in the game. The Bears had only 34 yards rushing.
  • The Giants led in time of possession, 34:54 to 25:06.
  • Daniel Jones may have lost two fumbles but he still had a positive outing, hitting on 11-of-14 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. He really could have had 13 completions. Scott Simonson dropped one and T.J. Jones stumbled, putting another pass just out of reach.
  • T.J. Jones had a 43-yard kickoff return. Giants got sacks from Olsen Pierre, Markus Golden and rookie Oshane Ximines. Wide receiver Alonzo Russell saved third-string quarterback Alex Tanney from a pick-six by streaking down the field to catch Clinton Duck from behind.
  • CB Sam Beal (hamstring), CB DeAndre Baker (knee), LB Alec Ogletree (leg), OT Brian Mihalik (burner), OT George Asafo-Adjei (concussion) and
  • WR Darius Slayton (hamstring) were held out. Zak DeOssie (toe) also did not play. Taylor Pepper served as the long snapper.
  • Antonio Hamilton started at cornerback but left the game with a groin injury in the first half.

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