Giants vs. Bengals: Preview, predictions, what to watch for

Giants vs. Bengals: Preview, predictions, what to watch for

Paul’s pick

Joe Burrow at least gave the Bengals a puncher’s chance. Shame on the Giants if they allow Allen or Ryan Finley to beat them. That should not happen. It will not happen, unless Daniel Jones plays fast and loose with the football, and the cohesion this team has shown on defense unravels. The playoff chase should begin here.

Giants 24, Bengals 13

Marquee matchup

Bengals WRs Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and A.J. Green vs. Giants CBs James Bradberry, Isaac Yiadom and Darnay Holmes

Boyd is 12th in the NFL in targets with 87. The Bengals will not be able to throw it all over the field with Brandon Allen stepping in, but it remains to be seen if Yiadom and Holmes can deal with these solid receivers.

Boyd has 69 receptions for 710 yards and three touchdowns. Bradberry is playing at an elite level and regularly locks up the best the other team has to offer. Higgins is a 6-foot-4 rookie who can run and can find his way into the end zone — he has four TDs. He is averaging 14.6 yards per catch. Green is not the monster threat he used to be — he is averaging just 10.2 yards on his 35 receptions — but he will be able to exploit bad play in the secondary.

Tyler Boyd and Isaac Yiadom
Tyler Boyd and Isaac YiadomGetty Images (2)

Four downs

Lack of insurance proves costly: A promising young quarterback operating behind a porous offensive line? Not ideal. The Giants are trying to get out from under that scenario. The Bengals got burned by this. Scalded, actually, as rookie phenom Joe Burrow went down last week to a season-ending knee injury that once again lowlighted the plight of the Cincinnati offensive line.

Other than getting 2019 first-round pick Jonah Williams back from injury, the Bengals did not do much to upgrade their line. Burrow was on pace to get sacked 51 times and entered last week tied with Daniel Jones for most hits taken by a quarterback, with 72.

“People keep talking about the offensive line without seemingly watching the film for the last four weeks,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “We felt like we were making a lot of progress over the last five weeks, and we are not going to apologize for any of that.”


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