New York Giants: 3 Reasons They Will Run Circles Around the Bengals Defense
The dominant play of Eli Manning has led this Giants team to a 4-1 record over their last five games. After a poor performance against an unyielding defense in last week’s game against the Steelers, Eli is looking to bounce back against the 3-6 Bengals.
This Bengals team looked promising coming into the season. With the addition of RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis and CB Jason Allen this offseason, the Bengals were looking to improve on last season’s 9-7 record.
But after losing four of their last five games, Marvin Lewis is looking to save the Bengals’ season, as well as possibly his job.
Here are three reasons the Bengals defense will be unable to stop the angry New York Giants.
Fourth Quarter Play
It’s no secret that with the Manning name comes a reputation of fourth-quarter dominance.
Peyton had his season-defining moment last Sunday when the Broncos scored 14 points in the fourth to pull out the victory against the Bengals.
This Sunday, the Bengals face another Manning with a similar reputation.
To end the Giants’ 2011 Super Bowl winning season, Eli led his team to four fourth-quarter comebacks in their last six games, including the Super Bowl itself.
This season, Eli has led the Giants to three four quarter comebacks, including a 25-point fourth-quarter performance in Week 2 against the Buccaneers.
As for the Bengals…it’s a much different story late in ballgames.
The Bengals have only managed to outscore their opponents in the fourth quarter three times in eight games this season.
If this game comes down to the wire, there is little question of who will come out on top.
By The Numbers
Here is a list of quarterbacks the Bengals defense has matched up against this season: Joe Flacco, Brandon Weeden (twice), Robert Griffin, Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Tannehill, Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning.
With the exception of Roethlisberger and Manning, the Bengals schedule has been lenient regarding quarterbacks.
Their defense will face their third top-five quarterback of the season in Eli Manning.
After the Steelers defense made Eli Manning look like John Skelton on Sunday, look for an angry Eli to rip into this Bengals defense that ranks 19th in the league in pass defense.
Manning, on the other hand, has thrown for 2,426 yards on the season, good enough for second in the league only behind Drew Brees.
By the numbers, the Giants will likely come out of Paul Brown Stadium with a decisive victory over the Bengals.
For the Bengals to have any chance at winning this game, their corners are going to have to patrol this talented Giants receiving core.
It’s going to come down to whether or not Leon Hall, Terence Newman, Nate Clements and Adam Jones are capable of shutting down Domenik Hixon, Rueban Randle and Pro-Bowlers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.
Nicks, who has battled injuries for most of the season, hasn’t managed to eclipse the 60-yard mark in any of his last four games. This Sunday, a mediocre Bengals defense gives him the perfect opportunity for a big game.
The Bengals will likely place the 34-year-old Terence Newman on the explosive Victor Cruz. Cruz, who’s averaging 12.6 yards per catch, will cause this secondary some trouble if he’s not contained early.
Eli Manning is a great pocket passer and has had more time in the pocket than any other quarterback in football.
The Giants’ defensive line has had a phenomenal year to this point, only allowing Eli to be sacked nine times on the season. Cincinnati’s offensive line has managed an impressive 23 sacks on the season, but in the end they won’t be able to penetrate the Giants brick wall up front.