Stripe Hype Staff Picks: Will Bengals Save their Season vs. Giants?

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November 4, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko (94) gestures to the crowd in the game against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE




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.

Bengals 33-24


Joe Johnson

This one could easily turn into a shootout, with two of the best young receivers in the NFL in A.J. Green and Victor Cruz. After giving the elder Manning some problems, we might see our defense give 2-Time Super Bowl Champion/MVP Eli Manning a tiny bit of trouble, but not much. With a struggling offensive line, Andy Dalton will have relentless pressure from the NYG defensive live. Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and Jason Pierre-Paul are beasts and Eli and that offense are just too good. Cincinnati will make it competitive, but in the end, will not prevail as they fall to 3-6.
Giants 28 Bengals 17


Shawn Maher
The Giants are coming off a hard loss to the Steelers after many of them spent the week dealing with Super Storm Sandy. That will undoubtedly have them arriving at Paul Brown Stadium ready for a win. Take into account that their offense is always ready to strike deep and Bengals safety Reggie Nelson was banged up last week, that presents a challenge for the Bengals defense.
The Giants are not without their weaknesses, and this is another game that the Bengals can keep close against a Manning brother. The Bengals do match up well on the defensive front against a weak Giants offensive line, but the bad taste left from the Steelers loss will be the deciding factor.

Giants 24, Bengals 17


Tyler Long

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.


Jerod Livengood

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

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