The Giants lost for the first time in over a month on Sunday, as the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to secure the come-from-behind win on the road. However, New York is still in good shape within the NFC East with a 2.5-game lead.
On the other hand, Cincinnati must stop the bleeding in order to have any chance at a late playoff push.
Here is everything you need to know about what should be a highly competitive game.
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
When: November 11 at 1 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Spread: Giants (-4) via Vegas Insider
Injury Report (via ESPN)
LB Chase Blackburn (Hamstring) Questionable
LB Keith Rivers (Calf) Questionable
TE Bear Pascoe (Ankle) Questionable
S Kenny Phillips (Knee) Questionable
RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Foot) Probable
RB Andre Brown (Shoulder) Probable
WR Hakeem Nicks (Knee) Questionable
WR Andrew Hawkins (Knee) Probable
RB Brian Leonard (Ribs) Probable
WR Marvin Jones (Knee) Out
CB Terence Newman (Hamstring) Questionable
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Illness) Probable
What They're Saying
It's never entirely the quarterback's fault, even if the easy commentary is to blame the guy throwing the ball. Pressure, coverages and route-running are outside of his control.
But Manning hasn't been sharp. He's firing wide of wide receiver Victor Cruz, whose body language Manning has said in the past has been so easy to read, making head-scratching decisions on interceptions reminiscent of his 25-interception season in 2010, and he has been caught by TV cameras cussing under his breath.
Manning has two Super Bowl MVP awards, but he needs to be a leader of the team when it struggles and get the Giants back on track.
Fantasy Big Plays
Bengals: A.J. Green
Even when the Bengals struggle, A.J. Green cannot be contained.
The second-year receiver has caught a touchdown in each of the last seven games. For the season, he is tied for the NFL lead with eight touchdowns and is No. 6 in receiving yards.
New York has allowed 264.3 passing yards per game this year. If quarterback Andy Dalton is able to throw the ball, you can be certain that Green will be the recipient.
Giants: Victor Cruz
Although Cruz has had two disappointing game in a row, there is plenty of reason to believe this is only a short-term situation.
He has not had fewer than eight targets in any game, so he obviously has the trust of quarterback Eli Manning. He is also still in the top 10 in the NFL in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.
The quarterback should know that good things will happen if he keeps looking Cruz's way.
In addition, the Bengals are No. 19 against the pass this year, despite having four games against rookie quarterbacks.
Key Matchup: Andy Dalton vs. Giants Secondary
Andy Dalton has thrown at least one interception in every game this season. These turnovers have been one of the things holding this offense back from being one of the better ones in the NFL.
Meanwhile, his upcoming opponent is tied with the Chicago Bears for the NFL lead with 17 interceptions forced.
Safety Stevie Brown has forced seven turnovers for the Giants since filling in for the injured Kenny Phillips. If this trend continues, it could make a huge difference in Sunday's game.
Prediction: Giants 27, Bengals 20
The Bengals have a lot of talent, but they are just not clicking.
Between the turnovers and the inefficient run game, there is little chance that they will be able to keep up with the Giants on the scoreboard, regardless of where the game is being played.
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