The Giants are tied with Chicago for the NFL lead in interceptions with 17, and are tied for third in the league in fumble recoveries with nine. New York’s 26 total turnovers easily ranks second in the NFL, and just two shy of leader Chicago. This ball-hawking defense has allowed the Giants to give up gaudy yardage totals but still keep their opponents off the scoreboard.
All of which makes for a particularly poor matchup for Andy Dalton. Bengal fans are well aware of the Red Rifle’s propensity this year to throw the ball to the wrong color uniforms, and facing a defense that has shown a knack for picking off errant passes does not seem like the recipe for Dalton to halt his interception streak.
The Cincinnati offensive line will need to play well Sunday to allow Dalton enough time to make good decisions and correct reads, though that will be a tall task against Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, and Osi Umenyiora. If Dalton can hang onto the ball for a game I think the Bengals have a good chance to win. Cincinnati should be able move the ball against the Giants, but the Bengals aren’t good enough to be able to overcome losing the turnover battle and still knock off the defending champs.
AJ Green is right. There are some holes in the Giants defense. But there is a pretty significant “hole” in the Bengals offense as well, and New York seems to be in a unique position to exploit that hole.