Nov 15, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) huddles with the team during warmups before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Giants eye opportunity in matchup vs. Bengals

The New York Giants are sympathetic to rookie quarterback Joe Burrow’s season-ending left knee injury but regardless of the opposing quarterback, they are aware of the situation and potential to win the NFC East.

The Giants seek their third straight victory Sunday afternoon when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals, who are expected to start Brandon Allen in place of Burrow.

New York (3-7) enters Week 12 tied with Washington and Dallas for second place in the East and a half-game behind 3-6-1 Philadelphia, which tied Cincinnati earlier this season. Washington visits Dallas on Thursday and the Giants own the head-to-head tiebreaker with them.

“It’s definitely a unique opportunity,” New York tight end Evan Engram said. “It’s even more unique coming off a bye week and having that motivation and having that sense of urgency and opportunity that’s ahead of us is different.”

After losing four games by eight points or less in a 1-7 start, New York is seeking three straight wins for the first time since a six-game run from Oct. 16 to Nov. 27, 2016. The Giants followed up a 23-20 win at Washington with a 27-17 victory over Philadelphia on Nov. 15.

Daniel Jones was an efficient 21-of-28 for 244 yards while also getting a 34-yard TD run early in the first quarter. Wayne Gallman also had a pair of short TD runs and has all of his five TDs in the last four games.

New York’s defense has also held opponents without a touchdown in the first half for three straight games and against Philadelphia, they did not allow a third-down conversion on nine attempts.

The Bengals lost Burrow when he tore multiple ligaments in last week’s 20-9 loss at Washington. Ryan Finley replaced Burrow and completed 3-of-10 passes for 30 yards.

Finley started three games last season and has been Cincinnati’s primary backup since entering the league as a fourth-round pick in 2019, but Allen is familiar with Bengals coach Zac Taylor from their time with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 and 2018.

“It’s not fun,” Taylor said. “Joe was making improvements every week, and we were getting the offense headed in a direction that we thought was exciting. But that’s the way it goes. It’s ‘next man up.’”

Allen made three starts last season for Denver when he completed 39-of-84 passes for 515 yards and three touchdowns while getting sacked nine times.

The Bengals (2-7-1) have dropped their last two games since a 31-20 win over Tennessee on Nov. 1. After getting outplayed in a 36-10 loss to Pittsburgh, the Bengals squandered chances to win by missing two field goals and an extra point while Burrow lost a fumble at the goal line.

Burrow was injured after throwing a pass when Washington’s Jonathan Allen crashed into his left knee.

“It’s hard to lose our QB, our leader,” Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd said. “Seeing the play and how it happened, I felt sorry for him because I know how much he wants to win.

The Bengals lead the all-time series 6-4 and the home team has won each meeting.

–Field Level Media

Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants linebacker Oshane Ximines (53) reacts after winning the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Giants designate LB Ximines, S McKinney for return from IR

With six games left in the New York Giants’ regular season and the team still in the playoff race, the team is set to get a boost with the potential return of four players.

The Giants (3-7) on Monday designated linebacker Oshane Ximines and rookie safety Xavier McKinney from injured reserve. Also, the team activated punter Riley Dixon and long snapper Casey Kreiter from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

New York has 21 days to activate Ximines and/or McKinney to the active roster, otherwise they will remain on injured reserve, ending their 2020 season.

Ximines is a second-year outside linebacker who was drafted in the third round out of Old Dominion in 2019. He played in all 16 games in his rookie season and played in four games this season, starting three before hurting his shoulder.

He was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 9.

McKinney was the Giants’ second-round pick (36th overall) in April’s NFL draft out of Alabama. He played in 41 games in college, starting 28. The safety fractured his foot over the summer and has yet to appear in an NFL game.

Dixon was placed on the COVID list last Wednesday and has passed all the necessary tests to get back on the field. He’s expected to return Sunday when the Giants take on the Cincinnati Bengals.

Kreiter, who joined the Giants as a free agent from the Denver Broncos in April, is also expected to be back for Sunday’s game.

— Field Level Media

Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Deandre Baker (27) looks on during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Charges dropped against ex-Giants CB Baker

All charges were dropped against former New York Giants first-round pick Deandre Baker on Monday.

The Giants cut the 23-year-old cornerback in September following his offseason arrest for allegedly participating in an armed robbery at a house party in Miramar, Fla.

On Monday, an attorney representing three of the four alleged victims in the case was arrested in Broward County (Fla.) on extortion charges. Investigators say William Dean wanted Baker to pay his clients $266,000 each and, in exchange, they would stop cooperating with police or change their initial sworn statements, according to the New York Daily News.

Dean told Baker’s attorney his clients would do “anything you want, so long as the money is right,” per the report.

After Dean’s arrest, the Broward State Attorney’s Office told reporters that all charges against Baker were being dropped.

“I’ve been saying this from Day 1, that this was an extortion scheme and that Deandre was the victim,” Baker’s attorney, Bradford Cohen, told NFL Network on Monday. “This event did not play out as they insinuated. And the case was dismissed.”

Baker, the 30th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, did not take part in the Giants’ offseason program or attend training camp. He was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list on July 27 and formally charged on Aug. 7 with four counts of robbery with a firearm stemming from the alleged incident on May 13.

Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar were accused of taking money and watches from partygoers while they were armed with semiautomatic weapons. Baker also allegedly made threats with a firearm.

Prosecutors declined to continue the case against Dunbar, who remains on the Seattle roster.

In 2019, Baker played in all 16 games as a rookie and started each of the final 15 contests. He finished with 61 tackles (48 solo) and eight passes defensed.

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman (22) runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Giants tighten NFC East race with win over Eagles

Daniel Jones threw for 244 yards and rushed for a touchdown Sunday as the New York Giants tightened up the NFC East race with a 27-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Jones completed 21 of 28 passes with no interceptions, marking the first time in his two-year career he has played consecutive games with no turnovers. Wayne Gallman added two short touchdown runs as New York (3-7) enters its bye week with consecutive wins.

Carson Wentz hit on 21 of 37 passes for 208 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions as Philadelphia failed to convert a single third down (0 for 9). The Eagles (3-5-1) still sit atop the division but have a challenging schedule ahead.

The Giants led 21-17 going to the fourth quarter and finished the win off with 35- and 44-yard field goals from Graham Gano, the last occurring with 3:06 left. Their defense limited Philadelphia to 47 yards and five first downs in the fourth quarter.

New York started the game with an 85-yard touchdown drive, which Jones finished with a 34-yard run on a well-executed read-option to the left just 3:49 into the game.

After Philadelphia marched 53 yards in 12 plays to tee up Jake Elliott for a 40-yard field goal at the 6:27 mark, New York rattled off a 75-yard march that lasted nearly seven minutes. Gallman plunged in from the 2 on the second quarter’s opening snap to make it 14-3.

The Giants outgained the Eagles by just over 100 yards in the first half, but a different team emerged from the visitors’ locker room to start the third quarter. Boston Scott rattled off a 56-yard touchdown run on the fifth play of the period, tightroping his way down the left sideline.

After New York responded with a 1-yard scoring run by Gallman at the 9:49 mark, Philadelphia drew within 21-17 when Corey Clement finished a 75-yard drive by going 5 yards up the middle with 5:20 remaining.

–Field Level Media

Sep 3, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) looks on during the Blue-White Scrimmage at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Giants WR Tate injures knee in practice

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate sustained a knee injury late in Thursday’s practice.

He was added to the team’s injury report as a limited participant. Further details were not immediately available.

Tate was benched for last week’s game against the Washington Football Team and is now in danger of missing another key NFC East game Sunday when the Giants (2-7) host the Philadelphia Eagles (3-4-1).

Tate did not travel with the team to Washington, a direct response to his behavior during a Monday night loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 8.

Tate, 32, didn’t catch his first pass against the Bucs until the fourth quarter and reportedly yelled “throw me the damn ball” at the Giants’ sideline. Later, he made a touchdown grab to pull New York within two and screamed “throw me the ball!” into an ESPN camera.

Tate also engaged in a few other outbursts in which he was jumping up and down or waving his hands to display his frustration when he felt he was open and the ball didn’t come his way.

Tate has 22 receptions for 226 yards and two touchdowns in seven games this season. The 11-year veteran has 682 catches for 8,116 yards and 46 scores in 155 career games (112 starts) with the Seahawks, Lions, Eagles and Giants.

The Giants signed Tate to a four-year, $37.5 million contract — $22.95 million of it guaranteed — in March 2019.

Also limited in Thursday’s practice were running back Devonta Freeman (ankle) and wideout Sterling Shepard (toe/hip). Tight end Kaden Smith returned from the concussion protocol and was a full participant.

Freeman aggravated the ankle injury Thursday but still hopes to play Sunday, NFL Network reported.

–Field Level Media

Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants linebacker Markus Golden (44) celebrates his sack during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals bring OLB Golden back to the desert

Outside linebacker Markus Golden is headed back to the desert after the Arizona Cardinals acquired the former second-round draft pick from the New York Giants on Friday for a 2021 sixth-round selection.

Golden just played in the Giants’ 22-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, recording a tackle for loss and two quarterback hits.

The Cardinals made Golden the 58th overall selection in the 2015 draft and he proceeded to play four seasons with the team. Of his 46 games in Arizona, 24 of them were starts. He recorded a career-best 12.5 sacks in 2016 when he had 51 tackles.

Golden, 29, signed a one-year deal to join the Giants in 2019, recording 10 sacks and a career-best 72 tackles. The Missouri product signed another one-year deal with the Giants prior to this season.

The Cardinals hope Golden can help the pass rush after defensive end Chandler Jones was lost for the remainder of the season with a biceps injury.

–Field Level Media