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Instant Analysis: Raiders 24, Giants 17

Posted Dec 3, 2017

Giants.com brings you an instant postgame recap of Sunday's game: 


AT A GLANCE

Playing without Eli Manning for the first time since November 14, 2004, the New York Giants fell to the Raiders 24-17 in their final trip to Oakland. Big Blue will fly back with a 2-10 record.

UP NEXT

The Giants play three of their final four games at home against NFC East opponents, beginning with a visit from the 6-6 Cowboys in Week 14.

>> WATCH GIANTS VS. RAIDERS HIGHLIGHTS

Dallas claimed the first leg of the season series with a 19-3 victory in Week 1.


WHAT WE LEARNED ON OFFENSE

*Geno Smith, who was announced as the starting quarterback on Tuesday, went 21 of 34 for 212 yards and a touchdown. He also two fumbles lost on strip-sacks by Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack. Rookie quarterback Davis Webb was inactive.

*The Giants’ first two series yielded a loss of a yard while they began with three consecutive three-and-out drives. Their initial first down came via penalty on the fourth possession, which ended with Orleans Darkwa scoring his third touchdown of the season late in the first quarter on a one-yard run. Like he has done at times this season, 331-pound defensive tackle Robert Thomas doubled as a fullback on the play and had the lead block.

*The Giants, who have started eight different offensive line combinations this season, remained with the same lineup from last week while Justin Pugh missed his third consecutive game with a back injury. Undrafted rookie Chad Wheeler again started in his place at right tackle, and Jon Halapio played right guard with D.J. Fluker on injured reserve. However, Wheeler left in the second half with a concussion and was replaced by Bobby Hart.

*Paul Perkins, who began the year as the starting running back, got his first carry since Week 4 in Tampa Bay and finished with 12 yards on three attempts. As a team, the Giants rushed for just 65 yards on 24 carries for an average of 2.7 yards.

*Rookie tight end Evan Engram bounced back with 99 yards on seven catches (both career highs), including a 10-yard touchdown with 5:16 left in the game. In the process, he broke a tie with Bob Tucker for the most touchdowns (six) by a rookie tight end in franchise history. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard returned to the lineup after missing two games while he dealt with migraines. He hauled in three passes for 56 yards, 47 of which came on a catch-and-run in the fourth quarter.

WHAT WE LEARNED ON DEFENSE

*Big plays continued to cost the Giants on defense. Marshawn Lynch, who tied a Seahawks record with four rushing touchdowns in his last game against the Giants, opened with a 51-yard score on the Raiders’ first drive of the game. Cordarrelle Patterson had a 59-yard catch-and-run to help the Raiders extend their lead to 10 points with 3:23 left in the fourth quarter.

*Safety Landon Collins and cornerback Brandon Dixon, who was recently promoted from the practice squad, both dropped what would have been easy interceptions off fourth-year quarterback Derek Carr. However, they teamed up for a takeaway late in the third quarter when Dixon stripped wide receiver Johnny Holton and Collins recovered the fumble. The Giants’ secondary played without cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins (injured reserve) and Eli Apple, who was a late addition to this week’s injury report with a hip issue. He missed the previous two games due to a coach’s decision.

*At a position that has lost six players to season-ending injuries, B.J. Goodson and Calvin Munson both returned from their own injuries. Munson, an undrafted rookie, recorded his second career sack. Goodson, however, left in the second half with an ankle injury.

WHAT WE LEARNED ON SPECIAL TEAMS


*Brad Wing had a 69-yard punt late in the first half that rolled to the one-yard line, where it was downed by Kalif Raymond. It was the third-longest punt in Wing’s career. Wing had punts of 74 and 70 yards in 2014 while playing for the Steelers.

*On the possession following Wing’s punt, Shane Smith tackled Marquette King on an aborted punt with 45 seconds remaining in the first half. The Giants took over inside the Raiders 10, but Geno Smith then lost his second fumble before the break.

*Aldrick Rosas made a career-long 52-yard field goal to cut the game to one possession with 1:38 remaining in the fourth quarter. His ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Raiders to seal the game.

INACTIVES

NYG: QB Davis Webb, WR Travis Rudolph, CB Eli Apple (hip), LB Jeremy Cash, LB Jonathan Casillas (neck/wrist), OL Justin Pugh (back), DT Khyri Thornton

OAK: QB Connor Cook; CB David Amerson (foot), LB Cory James (knee), OT Jylan Ware, DT Darius Latham, WR Amari Cooper (concussion/ankle), DE Jihad Ward

LINEUP CHANGES

NYG: Chad Wheeler for Pugh at RT; Kelvin Sheppard for Casillas at WLB

OAK: Nicholas Morrow for James at WLB; Sean Smith for Amerson at LCB

INJURY REPORT

NYG: LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), RT Chad Wheeler (concussion), RB Wayne Gallman (hip)