Ahmad Bradshaw fumbles in the third quarter. - Andy Lyons
There's no beating around the bush. The New York Giants are a 6-4 football team with big problems they must address entering the bye week.
There's no beating around the bush. The New York Giants are a 6-4 football team with big problems they must address entering the bye week. On offense, defense and special teams, the Giants flat-out stunk against the Cincinnati Bengals, a team that had lost four straight games.
Andy Dalton: 21 of 30 for 199 yards and a career-high four touchdown passes.
A.J. Green: 7 catches for 85 yards and a score. He was right, too. The Giants have their share of holes on defense.
Carlos Dunlap: Five tackles, 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hits to pace a strong defensive effort.
Eli Manning: There's no hiding it, Manning is in a big slump. No. 10 was 29 of 46 for 215 yards, two interceptions, a lost fumble and a lowly 56.0 passer rating. Outside of Hakeem Nicks' nine receptions for 75 yards, Manning had no help. Victor Cruz had a quiet three catches for 26 yards -- and one loud drop in the end zone.
Giants running game: Managed 129 yards on 20 carries -- from five players including Manning. Andre Brown (7-65, TD) started for an ailing Ahmad Bradshaw (feet), who had 57 rushing yards on 10 carries and a costly fumble in the third quarter. Bradshaw has barely practiced and had no business playing this game with the bye week ahead.
Corey Webster: Stopped short on coverage and burned for a 56-yard touchdown reception by Green, the ninth receiving score of 26 yards or longer the Giants have allowed this season.
The Giants were moving the ball early in the third down only 17-6 when Bradshaw fumbled. On the ensuing possession, Manning threw the first of his two picks to set up a Bengals score that essentially turned out the Giants' lights.
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