Saquon Barkley ran for a career-high 142 yards and scored three touchdowns as the New York Giants held off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-35 on Sunday to win consecutive games for the first time since December 2016.
“I think there is some excitement going around,” said Eli Manning , who hit 17 of 18 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. “It is good. It is a good feeling to have in the locker room and you see some growth. You see the improvement.”
Barkley has 1,268 scrimmage yards (728 rushing, 540 receiving) and 10 touchdowns (seven rushing, three receiving) in his first 10 career games. Barkley is the sixth player in NFL history to record at least 1,200 scrimmage yards and 10 touchdowns in their first 10 games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk in addition to Ezekiel Elliott, Adrian Peterson and Billy Sims.
Cam Newton took a shotgun snap and set up in a clean pocket, surveying the field from sideline to sideline. The star quarterback had time and an open receiver in the end zone, giving the Carolina Panthers a chance to convert a go-ahead, 2-point conversion against the Detroit Lions.
Newton, though, wasted the opportunity by sliding to his left and sailing an off-balance throw behind and over Jarius Wright.
Instead of earning a comeback win to bolster playoff hopes, Newton’s errant pass with 1:07 left allowed Detroit to hold on for a 20-19 win over Carolina on Sunday.
“I let this team down and I’ve just got to be better,” Newton said.
Carolina coach Ron Rivera went for the win after Newton threw his third touchdown pass to rookie receiver DJ Moore, who leaped in the corner of the end zone to make the catch.
“I think you go for 2 on the road,” Rivera said.
The New Orleans Saints kept marching as they lampooned the Philadelphia Eagles 48-7 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Quarterback Drew Brees completed 22 of 30 passes and did not turn the ball over, giving him 25 TD passes and only one interception this season. Brees’ fourth touchdown seemed to encapsulate New Orleans’ audacious approach to the game. He hit running back Alvin Kamara in stride down the right sideline for a 37 yards on a fourth-and-7 play that gave the Saints (9-1) a 45-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Brees’ other touchdown passes went for 3 yards to Austin Carr, 15 yards to rookie Tre’Quan Smith and 23 yards to Michael Thomas. Smith finished with 10 catches for 157 yards, while Thomas’ four catches for 92 yards made him the first receiver in Saints history to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first three seasons.
Mark Ingram rushed 16 times for 103 yards, including touchdowns of 14 yards and 1 yard. Kamara added 71 yards to help New Orleans finish with 546 total yards and score at least 40 for the sixth time this season.
Week 12 action begins Thanksgiving night as the Atlanta Falcons travel to face NFC South leaders, New Orleans Saints. Sunday, the Carolina Panthers host the Seattle Seahawks at Bank of America Stadium in Uptown Charlotte. Also, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the San Francisco 49ers.
Reports by the Associated Press and compiled by Itoro N. Umontuen. Historical data is provided by NFL Communications.