The match up of the game is going to be DE Jason Pierre-Paul against Andre Smith. JPP has a massive wing span and will be looking to bat down Andy Dalton‘s passing as much as he will be looking to man-handle Smith like Von Miller did last week. If Smith can use his strength and neutralize JPP, then perhaps the Bengals have a chance. The Giants rank 26th in the NFL against the pass, and the Bengals made some key adjustments for Denver on defence that will translate well to younger brother. Also, look for Brian Leonard to get more carries as he gets more healthy. Nonetheless, if Eli figures the secondary out, this could be another long day for Bengals fans. Not a homer, but this smells like a trap game for New York.
Giants 24, Bengals 17
Bengals / Giants: We always seem to play the giants tough, even with less talented teams. Now, we have a talented team, but we still don’t match up well against the Giants. They have good coverage linebackers, along with a deep secondary that anyone other than AJ Green probably can’t consistently get open. And their D-Line is unbelievable and our O-Line is inconsistent which translates to a long day for poor Andy. Don’t forget Eli Manning has one of the best deep ball passes in the league, so whoever is playing safety for better be ready. I have the Giants beating us 31-20. I hope I’m wrong, but I just can’t see us winning this game.
Well here it is, time to win or start thinking about that 2013 draft pick. I was actually pretty encouraged with the way the Bengals played last week in rallying from a big deficit, and had they not allowed the kickoff return touchdown I think the final outcome would have been different. That said, they DID allow the kickoff return for a touchdown. Cincinnati has consistently found ways to lose games, whether through turnovers, special teams gaffes, breakdowns in the secondary, foolish challenge decisions, you name it. That doesn’t fly against a disciplined team like the Giants. The Bengals will play with the desperation of a team knowing that they are playing for their lives, but it won’t be enough. Things could get ugly from here on out.
Giants 30 Bengals 21