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Cincinnati Bengals vs. New York Giants Preview: The Show Must Go On

  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Daniel Jones
  • Evan Engram
  • Joe Judge
  • New York Giants
  • Zac Taylor
By Sam Connaughton November 28, 2020 0 Comment
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Following a heartbreaking loss to the Washington Football Team, the Cincinnati Bengals will look to rebound against the New York Giants this Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

Last Sunday was absolutely heartbreaking for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals lost 20-9 to the Washington Football Team last Sunday. However, the biggest loss for the Bengals wasn’t on the scoreboard.

Bengals rookie sensation Joe Burrow suffered a torn ACL and MCL in the third quarter of the game. Burrow will miss the rest of the 2020 season and his availability for the beginning of the 2021 season is still up in the air.

Despite the injury, the 2-7-1 Cincinnati Bengals will do battle with the 3-7 New York Giants on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Bengals hold a 6-4 all-time series lead over the Giants. However, the Giants won the last meeting, 21-20 in 2016.

Here are things to look for in Sunday’s titanic struggle.

When the Cincinnati Bengals are on offense

Joe Burrow is not walking through that door. After Burrow exited against the Washington Football Team, the Bengals offense looked awful. Second-year quarterback Ryan Finley couldn’t get anything going during the second half last week. That ultimately led to the Bengals coaching staff giving the start this week to Brandon Allen. Allen has been on the Bengals practice squad all season. He will now be asked to replace the team’s franchise quarterback with less than a week’s notice.

There is a reason Allen was on the practice squad. He has struggled during his NFL career and the Giants will look to feed off his mistakes.

For the Bengals offense to be successful, they have to get the running game going. That might be easier said than done with Joe Mixon on injured reserve and Giovani Bernard potentially out of the game. Head coach Zac Taylor will need to find some way to revitalize the Bengals rushing attack this week. If they can’t and Brandon Allen has to win them the football game, this game is over.

When the New York Giants are on defense

It is quite simple for the New York Giants this week. They need to go out and shut the aforementioned Bengals running game down.

The Washington Football Team did an incredible job last week at doing that. They made Joe Burrow drop back 34 times before he exited in the third quarter. They took away the running game early. Due to this, the Washington Football Team could blitz and bring pressure at both Burrow and Finley all game.

Now, Washington does have a better defense than New York but if the Giants can stop the run and get pressure on Allen, they put themselves in a great position to win.

When the New York Giants are on offense

Daniel Jones has been a walking turnover so far in his NFL career. He has more interceptions than touchdowns this year and his knack for fumbling the football has been well documented. The New York Giants need to be able to sustain drives and in order for that to happen, Jones needs to hold on to the ball.

New York’s offense is a lot like the Washington offense. They do not have a lot of talent but if the Giants offense can control the clock and be decent on third down, they will have the Bengals defense on the ropes and that is a nightmare scenario for this Bengals team.

When the Cincinnati Bengals are on defense

The importance of the Bengals defense now cannot be understated. This defense is going to need to play out of its mind in order for this team to make any noise in the last six games of the season.

A key for the Bengals defense this week is to get the Giants into 2nd/3rd and long. As stated earlier, this Giants offense lacks talent. The Bengals need to get this offense into long situations because they simply don’t have the talent to overcome being stuck behind the chains.

If the Bengals are able to get the Giants offense into tricky situations, that is where Daniel Jones has struggled with turnovers. If the Bengals can get off the field and get a couple Jones’ turnovers, this game is going to be closer than some expect.

Cincinnati Bengals X Factor

EDGE rusher Carl Lawson is by default the Bengals X factor this week. Why? It is because he is the only guy that seems to be able to consistently rush the passer on this Bengals defense. He has 4.5 sacks so far this season and has twenty one QB hits this year. Lawson will also be playing the last six games with a chip on his shoulder. He is set to be a free agent at the end of the season and will need to build on those pass-rushing stats in order to get paid this offseason.

The Giants offensive line is mediocre so if Lawson and company get to Jones and record a couple of sacks, it could be huge for this Bengals defense.

New York Giants X Factor

The Bengals always seem to get carved up by the opposing team’s tight ends. The Giants have one of the most athletic tight ends in football in Evan Engram. The former Ole Miss product hasn’t lived up to the sky-high expectations that he had going into his career. That being said the guy is still a monster.

Daniel Dimes and Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett should look to get mismatches for Engram this week. If Engram can be a dynamic pass catcher against the Bengals this week, the Giants offense should have no problem getting going on Sunday.

Prediction:

Giants 24 Bengals 10


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