EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Daniel Jones did it all until he couldn’t. Tyrod Taylor and Saquon Barkley played some quarterback. The defense handled Justin Fields.
And the Giants are 3-1 heading to London next week.
Sunday’s 20-12 win over the Chicago Bears saw Jones hurt his left ankle, Taylor leave for a concussion check and Barkley play three snaps as quarterback in the Wildcat.
The Giants rushed 44 times for 262 yards as a team, including 146 yards on 31 carries for Barkley.
Jones scored two rushing TDs and gained 68 yards rushing. It was the first time since his NFL starting debut in Week 3 of the 2019 season that he scored twice on the ground in the same game.
Taylor added 30 rushing yards, as Brian Daboll and OC Mike Kafka used Barkley and a play action rollout game with their quarterbacks to keep the Bears defense off kilter.
Taylor replaced Jones in the third quarter when the Giants’ starter was not well enough to execute the game plan that was working.
The Giants defense held the Chicago running game in check and made Fields beat them and he couldn’t.
The home team also forced two turnovers: one by Azeez Ojulari recovered by Kayvon Thibodeaux on defense and a second on a muffed Bears punt in the fourth quarter recovered by Gary Brightwell.
A slew of key Giants players got hurt, unfortunately: Jones, Taylor, safety Julian Love (concussion), right tackle Evan Neal (neck), corner Aaron Robinson (knee), receiver Kenny Golladay (knee), defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux (ankle) and at the end, Thibodeaux and Ojulari, too.
The Giants now travel to London later this week to take on the Green Bay Packers at Tottenham Stadium.