Giants-Bengals: SNYGiants Staff Predictions

Sam Spiegelman: A.J. Green thinks there are holes in the Giants’ defense, and rightfully so. BenJarvis Green-Ellis is not Isaac Redman, and New York will not allow another 100-yard rusher this week. Expect the Giants to force Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to throw the ball enough to force pressure and turnovers. Offensively, the Bengals are pretty tough up front, so this may have to be the slump-breaker for Eli Manning. Perhaps this marks the bounce-back game for Hakeem Nicks, too. Giants score, and score often, and roll into their bye week with a new-found swagger. Giants 35, Bengals 24

Paul Tierney (Giants 101): The Giants have not been playing championship-caliber football as of late. They have given up 1,263 yards of total offense over the last three weeks. Furthermore, Eli Manning has been completely out of sync with his wide receivers, which resulted in his pathetic 41.1 quarterback rating in Week 9. Despite Big Blue’s shortcomings on both sides of the football, they have either won or given themselves a chance to win every game they have played this season. The Bengals enter this game with the league’s 19th ranked pass defense to go along with a front seven that has allowed opponents to rush for 117 yards per game. AJ Green, Andy Dalton and Co. are more than capable of pulling this game out at home, but they will have to beat a better football team to do so. The Giants should roll into their bye week with a decisive victory on Sunday. Giants 30, Bengals 17

Jared Kruger: With the Bengals on a 4 game losing streak, Big Blue will find a way to extend that streak. They are looking for redemption after logging in some weak performances the past few weeks. Eli will break out of his “slump” and bring New York a much-needed victory heading into the bye. Giants 31, Bengals 21

Jim Mancari: The Giants head back on the road where they have historically played well. The Bengals are in desperate need of win if they want to keep any shot of a playoff berth alive. Big Blue will look to come out strong offensively against a defense that is not exactly the Steelers. The Giants’ defense has its own problems, so Andy Dalton and A.J. Green might have big days. But this is a game the Giants will be expected to win and win big. A record of 7-3 looks much better than 6-4 heading into a bye week. Giants 34, Bengals 20