The 3-4-1 Cincinnati Bengals travel to New York to take on the 5-3 Giants in this week’s Monday night matchup. The Bengals couldn’t hold on to a halftime lead last week against the Washington Redskins and the game ended in a 27-27 tie. The Giants won their third game in a row last week with a 28-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Both of these teams rank in the top 6 in passing offenses with the Bengals ranked 4th and the Giants 6th.
Eli Manning had a mixed day last week by completing 22 of his 36 passes for 257 yards and 4 touchdowns, but also threw 2 interceptions. His favorite target was Odell Beckham Jr. who had 4 catches for 46 yards and 2touchdown. Rookie Sterling Shephard also had a nice game catching 4 passes for 50 yards including a 32-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. They really struggled running the ball gaining only 54 yards on 24 carries. On the year, The Giants are ranked last in the league in rush yards per game with just 68. Defensively, they allowed 460 yards of offense but were able to intercept Carson Wentz twice and sacked him twice for a loss of 17 yards. They struggled with the long ball as Philadelphia had 4 different receivers had receptions that went for at least 30 yards. During their 3 game win streak, they have allowed 18.5 points per game.
The Bengals defense allowed the Redskins to gain over 500 yards of offense last week. Kirk Cousins threw for 456 yards and 3 different Washington receivers had over 90 receiving yards. They intercepted Cousins once and sacked him once for a loss of 12 yards. In their last 4 games the Bengals have allowed their opponents to average 27 points per game. Offensively, Andy Dalton completed 27 of his 42 pass attempts for 284 yards and 1 touchdown. He also threw an interception, lost a fumble and was sacked 3 times for a loss of 21 yards. His favorite target was A.J. Green who had 9 catches for 121 yards. Green is second in the NFL with 896 yards. Tyler Eifert also had a nice game with 9 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown. They had success running the ball as they gained 152 yards on 36 carries. Jeremy Hill led the team with 76 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
New York is 4-3-1 against the spread this season including 2-2 at home. Cincinnati 3-5 against the spread including 1-3 on the road. The Bengals are 1-point favorites in this game despite the Giants having home field advantage. Last week’s tie has put the Bengals in 3rd place in the AFC North while the Giants victory moved them into second place in the NFC East. The Giants are second in the league in turnover percentage as they turn the ball over on 16.1 percent of their possessions.
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