The New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals were two of the biggest surprise teams last season. The Giants went on to win the Super Bowl. The Bengals made the playoffs, even though they were expected to be one of the worst teams in the NFL.
In 2012, New York’s success has carried over, as they lead the NFC East by 2.5 games. The same can’t be said for Cincinnati.
Unlike last year, the Bengals have been one of the most disappointing teams, thus far. After winning three of their first four games, they’ve fallen to 3-5.
The two teams are set to face off on Sunday afternoon. If Cincinnati wants to have a chance of getting back into the playoff picture, their Week 10 game against New York is basically a must-win.
The Bengals defense has let them down this season. A defense that was ninth in points allowed a year ago has fallen to 25th this season, giving up 27.3 points per game.
Cincinnati will have thr tough task of having to stop Eli Manning. The two-time Super Bowl MVP is second in the league with 2,426 passing yards.
This may be the best time for any defense to go up against Manning. He’s in somewhat of a slump, throwing four interceptions to just one touchdown in his last three games.
The Giants have managed to win two of those games, despite Manning’s struggles. New York blew a 10-point lead at home to Pittsburgh in Week 9. Before that game, the Giants had won four straight games. They looked about as dominant as any team in the league.
New York has a much better record, but there’s a good chance this will be a close game. Cincinnati has had an opportunity to win each game of their four-game losing streak. Those losses came by an average of seven points, and the Bengals had a lead or were tied in the fourth quarter in three of those games.
The consensus betting line at most Las Vegas sportsbooks has the Giants as 3.5-point favorites on the road. New York has let to lose against the points spread away from MetLife Stadium.
The game is set to kick off at 1 p.m. ET on FOX. You can watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Prediction: Coming off a loss to the Steelers, a visit to Cincinnati might be exactly what New York needs. The Giants usually play better on the road, and the Bengals are a perfect matchup for them. Manning should be able to take advantage of a poor pass defense. If the game is still close in the fourth, Manning’s late-game prowess and the Bengal’s late-game failures won’t be a good recipe for Cincinnati.
Predicted Score: New York 27, Cincinnati 17