It's no mystery that injuries have prevented the Giants from being a force in the NFC the past three seasons. No NFL team has incurred more over that period. So, last night, when four defensive backs were forced to leave the game, a pall fell over Giants' fans all over the world: "Here we go again!"
Dalton completed 21 of 30 passes (70 percent) for 199 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 127.6 passer rating in the Bengals? 31-13 win over the Giants.
He connected with four different Bengals receivers on his TD passes ? 56 yards to WR A.J. Green, 11 yards to WR Andrew Hawkins, 10 yards to TE Jermaine Gresham and 10 yards to rookie WR Mohamed Sanu.
No one is shocked, but everyone to a man is disappointed. Coughlin was out of answers at his postgame presser and the bye couldn't come at a better time...
Read a quarter-by-quarter breakdown of the Giants' breakdown; get it?
There was the Eli Manning problems ...
You can count the things the Giants did right today in Cincinnati on one hand. They played perhaps their worst game in years, turning the ball over four times to the Bengals' one. They fell behind quickly - 14-0 in the first five minutes - and never got on track, losing 31-13 to the now 4-5 Bengals.
The loss means the Giants (6-4) will only be 1 1/2 games ahead of the Eagles-Cowboys winner in the NFC East. The November struggles continue. The Giants are 13-19 in November in the Tom Coughlin/Eli Manning era.
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Beginning the final quarter, Manning throws a beauty to Cruz, but he drops it. He was probably so shocked to be open for the first time today his excitement caused shaky hands.
On third-down, Bennett gets a case of the jitters, adds another big drop to the drive.
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LB Jacquian Williams (knee), S Kenny Phillips (knee), DE Adewale Ojomo, DL Marvin Austin, TE Adrien Robinson, WR Jerrel Jernigan and LB Keith Rivers.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw, OG Chris Snee, TE Bear Pascoe and LB Chase Blackburn are all active.
Beating the Bengals, however, won't be easy. It's certainly doable, but nothing is ever easy in this league and the Giants always seem to make things tough on themselves. Cincinnati is on a 4-game losing streak, but they've been competitive. Three of those losses came at home, too, so the 12th man might not have much starch left at this point.
They lost to Miami by 4, led the Browns after three quarters, were tied with Pittsburgh in the fourth quarter and went blow-for-blow with Brother Peyton last week. They will give the Giants a game today, you can bank on that. The effort will be there.
Kickoff: 1:00pm Eastern
Site: Paul Brown Stadium
Paul Tierney (Giants 101): The Giants have not been playing championship-caliber football as of late. They have given up 1,263 yards of total offense over the last three weeks. Furthermore, Eli Manning has been completely out of sync with his wide receivers, which resulted in his pathetic 41.1 quarterback rating in Week 9. Despite Big Blue's shortcomings on both sides of the football, they have either won or given themselves a chance to win every game they have played this season. The Bengals enter this game with the league's 19th ranked pass defense to go along with a front seven that has allowed opponents to rush for 117 yards per game. AJ Green, Andy Dalton and Co. are more than capable of pulling this game out at home, but they will have to beat a better football team to do so. The Giants should roll into their bye week with a decisive victory on Sunday. Giants 30, Bengals 17
Jared Kruger: With the Bengals on a 4 game losing streak, Big Blue will find a way to extend that streak. They are looking for redemption after logging in some weak performances the past few weeks. Eli will break out of his "slump" and bring New York a much-needed victory heading into the bye. Giants 31, Bengals 21
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Coming off of a fourth-quarter collapse to Pittsburgh, the Giants face yet another AFC North foe as they attempt to put another check-mark in the win column before their bye week.
The Bengals have lost four consecutive contests, including last week's 31-23 loss to Peyton Manning's Broncos, and are falling out of the AFC playoff picture.
Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN NewYork previews Sunday's Giants-Bengals matchup in Cincinnati where Big Blue has never won in its history.
GiantsOut: CB Michael Coe (Hamstring - Did Not Practice), S Kenny Phillips (Knee - DNP), LB Jacquian Williams (Knee - DNP)
The Giants took umbrage to the remarks, as they should. They needn't take their frustrations out on Green, however. Just go take a look in the mirror. This defense is leaky. It shows on the stat sheet and in the films, which are now available to every layman in the land thanks to the NFL selling them online.
"The game has to be played on Sunday and if he sees holes, hopefully he?ll find them," said safety Antrel Rolle, "We don?t worry too much about talk or what?s being said. We?ll see come Sunday."
?I feel like they?ve got a lot of holes in their defense....Their front four, they get so much pressure on the quarterback. A lot of people don?t have that much time to get the big plays on them.?
Nothing wrong with the young man's eyesight. The Giants are a kill-or-be-killed defense. If they don't get to the QB, as Bill Chadwick would say: "Katy, bar the door!" It's no mistake their games resemble a Hearns-Hagler fight. Haymaker city. If their offense whiffs on few, they get hammered by the media. The defense keeps getting a pass.
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GIANTSDID NOT PRACTICE: LB Chase Blackburn (hamstring), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), DT Chris Canty (groin), WR Hakeem Nicks (knee), S Kenny Phillips (knee), G Chris Snee (ankle), LB Jacquian Williams (knee)
"We?re looking forward to getting back on the practice field, preparing for the Cincinnati Bengal team, a team that was 3-1 earlier in the year, has lost four very close games of late. Just a week ago, had lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-17, a very, very good football game. Then, against the Broncos, they were down 17-3 and came back to take a 20-17 lead, and eventually lost that game as well. They had some turnovers in that game. They looked like they were going to be in pretty good shape.
They are a team that?s built in the style of the AFC North, in that they?re attempting to overtake the Steelers. They?re built much like that. They have a big, strong and powerful offensive line. A.J. Green is an excellent receiver, a deep threat. (Andy) Dalton being the young quarterback who was a Pro Bowler a year ago. They were in the playoffs a year ago. They run the ball, (BenJarvus) Green-Ellis is there, as you know, as a free agent. He?s a powerful runner, a lot of the style that you see is emblematic of the formations that we just played against.
Today, Nicks missed practice as his right foot and left knee issues reemerged. Nicks reportedly suffered swelling in the knee following the team's loss to Pittsburgh, and his status for Sunday in Cincinnati is now a question mark.
This now begs the question if injuries have hindered Nicks, or perhaps he returned too soon and re-injured or worsened the injury.
Some notes from the NFL Media people....