Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Gutsy call helps Giants stay hot

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning threw his third touchdown of the game on a fourth-down gamble by coach rookie Ben McAdoo, and the Giants beat the Bengals 21-20 Monday night for their first four-game winning streak since 2013.

Manning threw touchdowns of 10 yards each to rookie Jerrell Adams and Odell Beckham in the first half and a winning 3-yarder to rookie Sterling Shepard on a daring call with New York down 20-14 early in the fourth quarter.

The Giants defense took over from there, closing it out on Landon Collins' fourth interception in the past three games and two stops, the last on consecutive sacks of Andy Dalton with less than five minutes left.

Dalton threw a 13-yard touchdown to A.J. Green, and Jeremy Hill scored on a 9-yard run that was set up by Alex Erickson's 84-yard kickoff return to start the second half. Mike Nugent kicked two field goals for Cincinnati, the second giving the Bengals a 20-14 lead early in the third quarter.

The Giants had a 14-10 halftime lead. Manning (28-of-44 for 240 yards with two interceptions) capped an 80-yard opening drive with his pass to Adams. He hit Beckham (10 catches for 97 yards) on New York's final drive of the half.

A 71-yard pass from Dalton (16 of 29 for 204 yards) to tight end Tyler Eifert set up Green's touchdown, and an interception by Dre Kirkpatrick led to Nugent's first field goal.

Bears star suspended

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Star Chicago receiver Alshon Jeffery was suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the latest staggering blow for the reeling Bears.

Jeffery posted on Twitter that he took a supplement for inflammation containing a substance banned by the league.

"I take full responsibility and I'm deeply upset with myself for not doing the proper research on this supplement," he wrote.

RATINGS SPIKE: The first Sunday night after the election produced the highest NFL ratings since Week 2, with an average of 22.51 million viewers tuning in for Seattle's 31-24 victory over New England.

CHARGERS: Nose tackle Brandon Mebane is out for the rest of the season with a torn biceps.

JETS: Coach Todd Bowles said he will not decide until next Monday on the starting quarterback for the Nov. 27 game against the Patriots.

PATRIOTS: Tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered what is believed to be a punctured lung Sunday, the NFL Network reported, and might miss one game.

RAMS: Defensive end Robert Quinn is in stable condition after checking himself into a hospital with an illness that's unrelated to football. The team didn't provide any other details.

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