Saquon Barkley rushes Giants past Texans

Saquon Barkley rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown as the New York Giants turned a third-quarter eruption into a 24-16 win over the visiting Houston Texas on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.Barkley capped a 12-play, 74-yard march with a 2-yard touchdown run that answered a Houston scoring drive that cut the deficit to 14-10 midway through the third quarter. After totaling 182 yards in the first half, the Giants (7-2) recorded 149 yards on two third-quarter scoring drives.The Giants’ first touchdown mark of the third quarter wasn’t as prolonged as the second.Quarterback Daniel Jones adeptly avoided the rush just long enough to find Darius Slayton in the flat, and the wideout followed by avoiding the tackle of Texans rookie safety Jalen Pitre before darting up the sideline 54 yards for a touchdown. The score extended the Giants’ lead to 14-3 at the 12:33 mark.Davis Mills and the Texans (1-7-1) managed a hasty response, covering 75 yards in seven plays with the quarterback completing all four of his pass attempts for 64 yards — including a 12-yard touchdown toss to Nico Collins.But after Barkley gave the Giants a 21-10 lead, the Texans were slowed by a pair of turnovers.Texans rookie running back Dameon Pierce fumbled at the Giants’ 10 on the drive following the Barkley score, with Giants linebacker Jaylon Smith recovering the fumble.In the fourth quarter, Mills had his scoring pass to Brandin Cooks wiped away by a holding call on rookie guard Kenyon Green. On the next snap, Giants safety Dane Belton picked off Mills in the end zone.Mills completed 22 of 37 passes for 319 yards.