Who would have thunk that the 3-5 Cincinnati Bengals going into the game would beat the New York Football Giants in the fashion that they did? Cinci losing their last four games and then destroy the men in blue? Certainty did not see that happening, but I say sometimes you get your be-hinds handed to you on a silver platter by the least likely of hoods. Yesterday was just that. In the Giants 31-13 loss to the Bengals, the Giants were discombobulated. They were flat from beginning to end. To be a contender in the NFL you have to be focused on every snap, and the Giants were not on either end of the field. From fumbles, interceptions, not converting third downs, dropped passes, poor special teams, and your defense not getting any sacks, you set yourself up to lose. Thankfully all of the top NFC teams lost yesterday.
Coming into the game the Giants’ ‘’D” had a chip on their shoulders when being called out by head coach Tom Coughlin last week. Being called “soft” you would think they would prove him wrong, especially when you’re playing a team of low caliber. Not once did you hear Tuck, JPP, or Canty’s name called. This defensive line the Giants organization spent a lot of money on has not held up on third downs. (An area where they were one of the best) The secondary were every place else but on the field yesterday. Giving up 31 points to Cincy who has only averaged 19 pts a game this season is pathetic. I’m not sure if it’s due to Tyler Sash getting injured, but the “d” line are not meshing well with the linebackers. The defense in its totality brought no pressure. Cincy’s priority was to get their running game going, and they did just that: running right through the G-Men’s defensive holes.
The whole concept of Eli Manning not throwing a TD pass in three games is incomprehensible. (Dallas, Steelers, Cincy) It’s becoming more of a joke that the Giants cannot convert on third downs then a concern. He did not have that visual of reading the defense that he’s famous for. Yesterday throwing 4 picks; 2 of them were consecutive that resulted in TD’s? Insanity. With Snee being out do to an injury last week does have a big impact on the offensive line, for they allowed Eli to receive 3 sacks. Most certainly not their fort-e. I do agree with Eli when he commented stating “I’m not worried” after being asked about their situation and moving forward. However there needs to be corrections starting today, and hopefully with their bye-week coming up it will give the former Super-Bowl champions a chance to re group. The Bengals “D” harassed Eli from start to finish. Last year Eli did not have one game with less than 200 yards passing. Now he had under 200 against the Steelers and only 215 yesterday. The Bengals secondary just had great open field tackling.
Bradshaw showed that maybe both foot injuries he sustained this year might be a factor in his performances’ lately. A player of his statue does not have two consecutive games combining for over 300 against the Browns and 49ers, then pick up 57 yards yesterday against a team whom he should have had a field day with. Look for Andre Brown to possibly start. He is averaging more than Ahmad. Bengals kept Cruz under control. Something we have not seen this year. Sadly to say yesterday Cruz tied a record for the most dropped passes in the NFL this year with 8. Something that’s uncanny.
To sum it up the roles were reversed yesterday. The Giants are slumping and left the team searching for answers. Big Blue needs to pick up first downs on their first or second try, not leaving it to 3rd down to get it. With the sacks and all, leaving it up to convert on third down is something they are having major problems with. Everybody needs to stop saying “The Giants have a curse in November”. No excuses’. Right now the Giants are steely eyed and has lots of miss communication going on. Next week is a bye so hopefully they can get more practices. Not to mention some rest because as of today they look worn out. The next team they face is the Packers at Met-Life Stadium