Monday Night Football in Week 10 sees the Cincinnati Bengals take on the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium at 8:30 p.m. ET. The Bengals are 3-4-1 coming into this matchup and they are rested from a bye week. The Giants, who hold a 5-3 record on their season so far have won three straight including a 28-23 win against Philadelphia last Sunday. This should be a good game since Cincinnati is fighting for top of the division and the New York Giants are trying to catch up to Dallas to get themselves into a wild card spot.
Cincinnati Bengals vs New York Giants
Point spread: Bengals -1
Date: Monday, November 14, 2016
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
New York Giants
For all the picks he throws, Eli Manning also seems to be finding some kind of stride, which could mean trouble for the Bengals on Monday night. As for the numbers, the Giants have the 23rd-ranked defense in the league, giving up 371.2 yards a game. They also have the 25th-ranked pass defense in the league, and are tied for a league-low 11 sacks generated.
What makes the Giants engine really go is when Odell Beckham Jr. is playing well, and when he and his QB find a rhythm, they are a force to be reckoned with. The team is also seeing some good plays by rookie RB Paul Perkins, who got a good review from Manning earlier this week, when Manning told press:
“Paul does some good things. Did a couple of nice jobs on the screen. Had a screen earlier too and I thought he rushed it a little bit and got tackled. On the next couple, he did a good job being patient, setting up the blockers, having a better feel. He’s good in the pass game and protections and running the ball well for us.”
The Giants can accomplish a win here if they take advantage of the Bengals’ weakness, their defense, who showed deep struggles against Washington two weeks ago. The Giants are currently slight 1-point underdogs in this matchup.
Let’s start by digging into the Bengals’ numbers. Overall in the league, their defense is 25th in total defense and tied for 19th in scoring defense. This team has been giving up 262.4 yards a game through the air and has allowed 16 TDs. Andy Dalton’s team are 0-3-1 when an opponent passes for 250 yards or more, and their opposition are averaging six yards per play.
Coach Marvin Lewis has spoken openly to press about how his team’s discipline issues are affecting them, saying that they “can’t have turnovers … penalties on defense, we miss a PAT, miss a field goal, those things eventually come back and they get you beat.” Sloppy play and unforced errors are giving the Bengals trouble on both sides of the ball.
The Bengals are strong in some departments, and wide receiver A.J. Green is second in the league in receiving yards with 896. During their game against Washington, the veteran WR had a huge game with 121 yards on nine catches. The Bengals holds a 6-3 all-time record against the Giants, and they are the very slight favorites to win this won away.
Bengals vs. Giants Prediction
New York Giants +1