The Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Giants are going to be squaring off on Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium, and the clash is crucial for both sides. Both are coming off of bad losses last week, and the two teams are hoping to get back on track against the other.
The man of the hour is going to be QB Eli Manning for the Giants. Manning has thrown for 2,426 yards this year, the second best mark in the league. He has 12 TDs against nine picks, and he is going to hope to get back on track after four straight truly lackluster games.
Manning threw for just 125 yards with a pick in a miserable effort against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, and he had just 192 yards and an INT with no touchdowns the week before against the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, if not for the fact that the defense has created so many turnovers, this offense would clearly be under a heck of a lot of heat right now.
The Cincinnati defense has been atrocious all year long, which is a real sign that it isn’t going to be able to challenge for a playoff spot for the second straight season. This unit has allowed 357.4 yards per game, ranking just 20th in the NFL, and 25.7 points per game conceded is just 25th. The Bengals have also allowed at least two passing touchdowns in four of their eight games this year, and the only games that they didn’t came against three rookies, QB Ben Roethlisberger, and QB Blaine Gabbert.
Manning threw for 289 yards and a TD in his only effort against the Bengals of his career, a 26-23 overtime victory.
On Sunday, the Giants are favored by four points on the NFL odds.