New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) avoids pass interference calls during the first half of the team’s NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — David Bakhtiari’s blocked punt set up a 1-yard touchdown run by DeAndre Washington early in the fourth quarter, helping the Cincinnati Bengals beat the winless New York Giants 17-7 on Sunday.
The Giants (0-5) had a chance to take the lead with 2:49 to play, but missed three field goals before the Bengals took over at their 24. Andy Dalton hit a 17-yard pass to Tyler Boyd and then escaped a sack by B.J. Goodson on third-and-15 before finding John Ross on an 18-yard pass that set up Washington’s touchdown run.
Dalton was 30 of 41 for 266 yards as the Bengals (3-2) allowed just 57 yards passing and sacked Eli Manning three times.
The one blemish on Dalton’s day was a fumble on a sack by Olivier Vernon with the Giants forced to punt late in the third quarter. The ensuing drive stalled and the Giants eventually settled for Aldrick Rosas’ 27-yard field goal.
The Giants hadn’t allowed a punt block since Oct. 22, 2010, at St. Louis. Bryant Traum blocked Dre Kirkpatrick’s punt with the Bengals taking over at the Giants 41, setting up Washington’s second rushing touchdown in two weeks.
Washington did most of his damage on the ground, finishing with 100 yards on 14 carries after also reaching the end zone on a 35-yard run with 1:22 left in the second quarter. It capped a 75-yard drive in which he had 35 yards on two carries before scoring on a 20-yard run to give the Bengals a 10-7 lead.
Manning completed his first nine passes for 97 yards before a 20-yard completion to tight end Evan Engram set up a field goal for a 3-0 lead in the first quarter.
It was the fourth straight game the Giants have allowed a touchdown on the first possession.
The drive stalled when Manning was sacked by rookie Sam Hubbard on third-and-3 at the Giants 43, forcing New York to settle for Rosas’ 44-yard field goal.
New York went three-and-out again on its next possession before Dalton threw consecutive incompletions before hitting Tyler Boyd for 19 yards and Ross for 15 to set up Washington’s 1-yard TD run.
Giants: DeAndre Carter left the game in the first quarter with a left knee injury and did not return.
Bengals: TE Tyler Kroft left the game in the second quarter with a left knee injury and did not return.
Giants: Visit the Eagles on Thursday night.
Bengals: Host the Steelers on Sunday.