* Daniel Jones had a solid preseason outing, completing 14 of 16 passes for 116 yards and one interception. For the second straight week, he led the Giants on a scoring streak, leading an 11-play, 84-yard walk for a touchdown. Jones had an interception, but it came on a pass that hit Daniel Bellinger on the hands in the middle. Jones’ longest completion came on a throw to Collin Johnson for 23 yards that deflected off the hands of Bengals defensive back Delonte Hood before Johnson stabbed him in the air. Jones’ other big throw was a well-placed throw into tight coverage from David Sills, who turned and jumped to catch 20 yards.
* Despite a makeshift offensive line due to numerous injuries, protecting and running blocking was good enough for the first-team offense to avoid all three and strikeouts on their three possessions. The coaches used a lot of play, RPO and fast passing to protect the offensive line from potential pressure. The Giants’ longest third down attempt with the first-team offense was 5 yards.
* Andrew Thomas played 14 snaps in the game and left no pressure, according to Pro Football Focus. Veteran right guard Mark Glowinski allowed two rushes on 25 pass blocks. Evan Neal granted a haste in his 25 pass blocking snaps. Devery Hamilton, who played at tackle for most of training camp, allowed just one pass in 32 pass blocks to left guard. Sixth-string center and veteran guard Max Garcia handled the quarterback-center trade well and allowed just two runs.
* In all, the Giants’ makeshift offensive line allowed just one sack and one quarterback touchdown all night. Chris Owens had only been a Giants for a few days before allowing just one rush in 36 pass blocks. Rookie Roy Mbaeteka had his longest streak of his young career and allowed one quarterback hit and three rushes on 29 pass blocks. Veteran tackle Will Holden played center with the third team for the first time in his career and allowed the game’s only sack, according to PFF.
* The numbers for Alex Bachman and Davis Webb speak for themselves. Bachman led the team with 14 targets, 11 catches and 122 receiving yards. It was clear that the two were able to retain the chemistry they had built working together in practice. Bachman settled into open areas of zone coverage and Webb found him in time. Both of Bachman’s scores came on yards gained after the catch. The first score came after passing the Bengals defenders on the sideline and the second after a broken tackle. Bachman also had a special teams tackle.
* David Sills is another receiver battling for a spot on the final roster. He had the toughest hold of the day, a leaping back shoulder-style hold down the left sideline despite tough coverage. He’s another bigger receiver with reliable hands like Collin Johnson, who also had a productive day with three catches for 41 yards.
* The Giants running backs also played an important role in the passing game. Antonio Williams caught all seven of his targets for 46 yards. Jashaun Corbin caught all four of his targets for 15 yards and Sandro Platzgummer had a catch for three yards.
* Adoree ‘Jackson only played 13 snaps but was a very willing tackler and didn’t shy away from being physical with running backs.
* According to PFF, the Giants’ blitz rate (44%) and man-to-man coverage (less than 50%) were down slightly this week. NIckel Khalil Dorsey had the Giants’ lone sack in a blitz.
* In the Bengals’ fourth conversion in the first quarter, Trent Taylor was able to get some separation on a well-designed rub road.
* The Giants lost rookie linebacker Darrian Beavers for the season to an ACL injury, but fellow rookie Micah McFadden was very active. He led the team with five tackles in just 16 snaps and put some pressure on the opposing quarterback on an inside blitz.
* Let’s look at the defense the Giants played in the Bengals’ last play after scrimmage. They placed Tomon Fox and Quincy Roche, their two leading rushers against the sideline on either side of the field. With no timeouts and only nine seconds remaining, the Giants knew the Bengals had to get the ball out of bounds after a completion, so they positioned those two players so it was impossible to make a quick pass to the outside. It didn’t even look like the Bengals knew Fox was there until he stabbed wide receiver Trenton Irwin in the chest with his shoulder, forcing a fumble and ending the game.