Giants (3-7) Cincinnati
Sunday the final score was Washington 20 - Cincinnati 9. Not only did the Bengals
lose that game, they also lost their starting quarterback.
The Giants were on a bye week, coming off one of the best games of the season.
It was a 27-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Bengals are in a division that includes the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens,
and Cleveland Browns. At 2-7-1, they trail all those teams in the AFC North, including
the undefeated 10-0 Steelers who lead the division. It was pretty much the same
story for Cincinnati last season when they finished with a 2-14 record. That gave
the Bengals the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and they selected quarterback
Burrow replaced Andy Dalton who was drafted by the Bengals in
2011. Dalton helped the Bengals reach the postseason in each of his first five
seasons, and finished his tenure with them with a 70-61-2 record. Dalton signed
on to be the backup quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, and became the starter
there when Dak Prescott suffered a serious injury that required surgery on his
Despite having second year quarterback Ryan Finley on hand, they trusted their
rookie to be the starting quarterback. Joe Burrow didn't wait to show what he
was capable of. He was ranked fourth in NFL history for the most passing yards
in a player's first 10 games with 2,688, when disaster struck in last week's game.
Burrow was sacked and suffered a torn ACL and knee injury in the third quarter.
off last season, the Bengals offensive line ranked next to last with their pass
blocking. In the offseason, they didn't make many changes, and Burrow had been
sacked 32 times when he was injured. Burrow was hit more than any rookie in his
first ten games.
Finley, who was the backup to Andy Dalton last year and Burrow
this year, will not be starting against the Giants this week. That job looks to
be going to Brandon Allen, who started three games for the Broncos last season.
Allen has been on the Bengals practice squad since the start of the season.
receivers Tyler Boyd, A.J. Green, and rookie Tee Higgins will have to adjust to
the quarterback changes. The ground game, while they struggled last week, is averaging
over a 100 yards per game this season, which is an improvement over last year.
ranked at the bottom or near the bottom in pass defense, rushing defense and points
allowed in 2018. There was only slight improvement in 2019. Defensive end Carl
Lawson leads the team with 4.5 sacks, but
they do not have a strong pass rush.
In the last two years they finished near the bottom of the league with 34 and
31 sacks, and are even below that rate now with just 13. Defensive end Sam Hubbard
had 6 and then 8.5 sacks in his first two seasons, but only 1 so far this year.
Tackle Geno Atkins in his tenth season has averaged over 8 sacks a year over his
career, but has been struggling with a shoulder injury.
The secondary has
some strong players. Safety Jessie Bates III makes opposing quarterbacks think
twice as more than half the passes thrown his way end up as incompletions, and
he has 3 interceptions on the year. Safety Von Belle had five fumble recoveries,
and a career high 89 tackles with the Saints last year, and has been very productive
for Cincinnati. He leads the team with 74 tackles and has played every defensive
snaps this year.
Daniel Jones hasn't turned the ball
over in the last two games, and the Giants ended up with two wins. This team has
shown improvement, but it can't afford to make mistakes. Jones made a big one
in the Tampa Bay game. Another player whose mistakes show up in the win-loss column
is Evan Engram, who dropped a perfectly thrown third down pass in the first game
The offensive line has made constant improvement in pass
protection and run blocking. Still, over the bye week, the Giants made a sudden
change, replacing their offensive line coach Marc Colombo with Dave DeGuglielmo.
He worked with head coach Joe Judge in New England in 2014-15.
Will that affect
things? After a long stretch the Giants have established a decent ground game,
and that's given them a more balanced attack. That's been helped along with Jones
mobility as he leads the team with 384 rushing yards. The running backs are doing
their part as well. Wayne Gallman has rushed for 199 yards and 5 touchdowns over
the past four games, and over the last five games, the Giants have run for 100
or more yards in each one.
The pass rush has come up with 31
sacks, which has them tied for fifth in the league. Leonard Williams leads the
team with six sacks. The Giants will be up
against a weak offensive line. The Bengals have allowed a total of 36 sacks this
season, the second most behind the Eagles. Four of them came against backup quarterback
Ryan Finley last week when he stepped in after Joe Burrow was injured. Finley
completed 3-of-10 passes for 30 yards and 1 interception, which didn't inspire
the Bengals to start him this week against the Giants.
That doesn't mean you
can sleep on the Bengals receivers. Their second round draft pick Tee Higgins
is a deep threat and has 4 touchdowns. Slot receiver Tyler Boyd has reliable hands,
and has 3 touchdowns
With the quarterback situation as it is for the Bengals,
you would expect them to run the ball more, but that may not work against the
Giants. In the last five games they have given
up just one 100-yard rushing game. That's when things broke down and they allowed
a 56 yard run by Boston Scott in the last Eagles game. The top running backs for
Cincinnati are Joe Mixon, who is on injured reserve, and Gio Bernard, who is on
the injury report with a concussion. Things look to favor the Giants, but then
again, you can't afford to give up 56 yard runs to any team.
The Giants are on a roll with two consecutive
division wins over the Washington Football Team, and they added another when they
beat the Philadelphia Eagles going into their bye week. As they rested, they saw
their division rivals go at it, and currently, the Washington Football Team leads
the division with a 4-7 record.
The Giants have overall improved from week
to week, and are favored to win a game for the first time all season. The Cincinnati
Bengals took a major setback last week, including the fact that they don't have
a quarterback they could truly rely on for this game. This is all on the Giants
to win or lose.
Thursday at 4:30pm Washington (3-7)
at Cowboys (3-7). --- Final Washington 41 - Cowboys 16
Sunday at 1:00pm Giants
(3-7) at Bengals (2-7-1).
Monday at 8:15 Seahawks (7-3) at Eagles (3-6-1).
The Cowboys and Giants are the NFC East teams favored to win in these games.
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Gallman has scored a touchdown in four consecutive games.
former defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo is the defensive coordinator for Cincinnati.
Graham Gano was activated from the COVID-19/reserve list.Giants
and Bengals have played in ten games, and the home team has won them all.
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