A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals. - Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
The New York Giants face the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Here is a breakdown.
The New York Giants face the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Coming off a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers the Giants are looking to quell talk of another potential November collapse. Here is a complete breakdown of the game.
The New York Giants have never won in Cincinnati, carrying on 0-5 historical record into today's matchup at Paul Brown Stadium with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Giants (6-3) are 4-point favorites to get off the Cincinnati schneid today, and it is a victory Tom Coughlin and his team need.
The Giants enter the game with a 2.5-game lead over the 3-5 Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East. They also, however, are facing their annual November swoon questions after losing last week to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Giants have a bye after Sunday, and they don't want to spend it listening to collapse questions and sitting on a two-game losing streak with a game against the Green Bay Packers next on the schedule.
"It (winning) would make a whole world of difference," linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka said. "You have a long time to sit and think about the loss and it's difficult to enjoy your bye week with your family when you're coming off of a loss, especially if you felt like you personally could have done things better. So that's what my personal goal is and I'm sure that's what the whole team's goal is to just make sure that no stone is left unturned. If it's extra studying, if it's extra conditioning, if it's extra running to the ball, we've just got to get that done so we can come out with a win."
There has, of course, been some sniping between the two teams this week -- courtesy of Bengals' wide receiver A.J. Green. That adds to the intrigue for fans, and maybe the intensity for the players.
Giants: Eli Manning -- 194-of-318, 61 percent, 2,426 yards, 12 TDs, 9 INTs, 85.5 passer rating
Bengals: Andy Dalton -- 182-of-285, 63.9 percent, 2,130 yards, 14 TDs, 11 INTs, 86.7 passer rating
Giants: Ahmad Bradshaw -- 141 carries, 618 yards, 4.4 yards per carry, 4 TDs
Bengals: Benjarvus Green-Ellis -- 142 carries, 487 yards, 3.4 yards per carry, 3 TDs
Giants: Victor Cruz -- 57 catches, 717 yards, 12.6 yards per catch, 7 TDs
Bengals: A.J. Green -- 51 catches, 735 yards, 14.4 yards per catch, 8 TDs
Giants: Michael Boley -- 54 tackles; Jason Pierre-Paul -- 6.5 sacks
Bengals: Rey Maualuga -- 65 tackles; Geno Atkins -- 7 sacks
What: Giants (Giants (6-3) vs. Bengals (3-5)
When: Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. ET
Where: Paul Brown Stadium
TV: FOX -- Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Radio: Giants Radio Network (WFAN -- 660 AM), and affiliates
Line: Giants -4