History Favors the Bengals This Sunday

Jim Mancari , Contributor

When the Giants visit Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati this Sunday, it will mark the ninth time these teams have met. In the previous eight games, the Bengals hold a 5-3 record.

In this series, the home team has won every game, which bodes well for the Bengals. However, the last meeting was in Cincinnati was in 2004, long before the Giants developed their reputation as being road warriors.

In seven of the previous right matchups, between these teams, the game has been decided by a touchdown or less. In fact, the last three games have been decided by a field goal or less.

In their last 19 home games against NFC teams, the Bengals are 13-5-1, a winning percentage of .711. Current Bengals’ head coach Marvin Lewis has coached 18 of those games and is 12-5-1. Since 1993, Cincinnati is 24-12-1 (.662) at home against NFC opponents.

This season, the Bengals are just 1-3 at home and are in desperate need of a win to stay alive in the AFC playoff hunt.

Since Lewis took home in 2003, the Bengals have been a completely different team at home compared to the road, which really though is true of many teams. Cincinnati is 41-34-1 at home under Lewis and just 31-45 on the road.

In that same span, the Bengals are 48-27-1 when scoring first and 24-52 when the opponent scores first. They’re also 50-20-1 when leading at halftime and 15-57 when trailing at halftime.

This shows that the Bengals aren’t as experienced in fourth quarter comebacks as the Giants. A good strategy for Big Blue would be to get out to an early lead and keep up the intensity. This sounds like the game plan for every week, but it’s even more of a priority this week based on both the Bengals’ track record and last week’s tough loss late to the Steelers.

Tom Coughlin is 11-6 all-time against the Bengals, but he’s just 1-1 as head coach of the Giants. Of course, his only win came at home.

This week’s game marks the 28th time in Bengals’ franchise history that the team will play a regular season game against the defending Super Bowl champions. Cincinnati is 9-18 all-time in these games, but they are 9-10 in their last 19 after starting out 0-8.

In those 19 games, the Bengals are 6-6 at home, including 2-2 in Paul Brown Stadium. In previous such games against the Giants, the Bengals are 1-1.

So while history would suggest that the Bengals are primed for a victory, past performances really mean nothing on game day.

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