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Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is exactly who he was drafted to become. Not only breaking a single-season record for most consecutive games with a touchdown, he did it in typical Green fashion.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had a hell of a performance against the New York Giants. And he's being recognized for it.
Cincinnati expanded their lead during the third quarter and now were in conservative mode to kill the clock. It was already over and Jay Gruden was in the process of figuring out plays from the victory formation.
The game is still within reach for the New York Giants coming out of half time. Cincinnati's defense exploded with multiple turnovers that put the offense in prime position to score.
The Cincinnati Bengals pass rush may have been the biggest deciding factor for Cincinnati's 31-13 win over the Giants. But they weren't alone.
We're trying something different this week, largely because the game wasn't shown live to the local crowd. We're listing marquee plays that led to Cincinnati's win over the Giants, breaking it down by quarter, starting with the first with subsequent quarters throughout the day.
In the quest to find the No. 2 wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, rookie wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is finally getting the opportunities to make a name for himself. And he took advantage of that.
Breaking down the Cincinnati Bengals defensive snap distribution during the team's 31-13 win over the New York Giants on Sunday.
The Cincinnati Bengals beat the New York Giants 31-13 on Sunday and some fans have found reason to refuse a moment of celebration.
Breaking down the Cincinnati Bengals snap distribution during the team's 31-13 win over the New York Giants on Sunday.
The Cincinnati Bengals put together their best all-around performance and most-complete game of the season, handing the Giants their fourth loss in the season, while snapping their own losing streak.
As the clock in the fourth quarter continues to expire, the New York Giants have found some offensive rhythm. Or the Cincinnati Bengals defense is playing like most NFL defenses this late during what is essentially a blowout.
Starting from Cincinnati's two-yard line with 8:08 remaining in the game, New York oddly milked whatever clock remained, stringing together a 13-play, 98 yards drive, capped by a two-yard Aaron Brown touchdown.
The touchdown reduces Cincinnati's 25-point lead into a 31-13 advantage with 2:46 remaining in the game.
Now that the pace of the game has slowed to a crawl, the New York Giants are trying to find something that works during a 25-point deficit. In fact we get the feeling that they're looking desperately at the Week 11 Bye Week.
On second and ten from the Bengals 45-yard line with 10:55 remaining in the game, Wallace Gilberry cuts around the edge with Eli Manning feeling comfortable in the pocket. Gilberry jars the football out of Manning's hand, who loses the football for Gilberry to recover.
It's the fourth turnover by the Giants and the third by Manning (two interceptions, fumble lost).
For the New York Giants they're thinking, it's about time. With over four minutes remaining in the third quarter from their own 22-yard line, the Giants strung together a 13-play possession into the fourth quarter setting up a fourth and four conversion attempt with 14:19 remaining in the fourth quarter from the Bengals 32-yard line.
Manning takes the shotgun snap and attempts a back-shoulder throw on a vertical down the right sidelines. Though the football was slightly high, Hakeem Nicks couldn't fight off the coverage by Terence Newman, forcing the incomplete pass and turnover on downs.
After the Bengals take a 24-6 lead midway through the third quarter, Eli Manning and the Giants offense are forced into a third and five from their own 23-yard line. Manning takes the snap, feels tremendous pressure from Geno Atkins, trying to get rid of the football. Unfortunately for the Giants, there were no receivers in the area.
Fortunately for the Bengals, Nate Clements was in prime position to haul in the interception, returning it 21 yards to the Giants 16-yard line.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis' picked up six yards on consecutive runs, setting up a third and four from the Giants 10-yard line. Andy Dalton takes the shotgun snap, targeting Mohamed Sanu, who boxed out the defender, scoring the touchdown.
The Bengals have a 31-6 lead with 4:20 remaining in the third quarter.
With a 17-6 lead and turnover generated during New York's RedZone offense, Cincinnati can really put their foot on the Giants' throat. Unfortunately the Bengals offense was unable to generate any momentum, picking up ten yards on a reception to rookie Mohamed Sanu, but an incomplete on third and four led to Huber's second punt of the afternoon.
New York, with first down from their own 18-yard line, opens the ensuing possession with 7:22 remaining in the third quarter.
It was over before it started.
Geno Atkins threatened Eli Manning to scramble on first down, unwisely throwing the football up into the air where defensive tackle Pat Sims picks off the football for the interception at New York's 15-yard line, gaining three yards on the nimble return.
Eventually the Bengals have third and eight from the Giants 10-yard line with 6:42 remaining in the third. Dalton takes the shotgun snap and identifies Jermaine Gresham over the middle, jumping over the defender for the touchdown.
Bengals take a 24-6 lead with 6:37 remaining.
The New York Giants opened the second half against a vicious Bengals defense, forcing the offense into a three-and-out, largely thanks to a quarterback sack by half of the Bengals defense. Following a Steve Weatherford 68-yard punt, the Bengals offense resumes their day of days from their own 20-yard line.
Yet much like the Giants, forced into a long-down situation thanks to a mistake (in Cincinnati's case, an offensive hold by Jermaine Gresham), the Bengals were unable to recover from a second and 20. Kevin Huber punted the football for the first time on the afternoon with Rueben Randle returning it 14 yards to the Giants 47-yard line.
New York's offense picked it up.
Hakeem Nicks picked up 13 yards over the middle, followed by consecutive runs from Ahmad Bradshaw picking up a combined 13 yards combined, converting a second and one with 10:47 remaining in the third quarter.
And then the Bengals defense PICKED IT UP.
Eli Manning takes the shotgun snap, pitches to Bradshaw to the right where the football is punched out by Adam Jones, recovered by Carlos Dunlap at the Bengals 14-yard line.
The Cincinnati Bengals open the second half on defense with a 17-3 half time lead. Can the Bengals, historically bad in the second half this season, hold the lead?
The Giants have cut into the Bengals lead as we near halftime. A 31 yard field goal from Lawrence Tynes has made the Bengals lead 17-6 with eleven seconds left until the end of the second quarter. Eli Manning lead the Giants on a 14 play , 69 yard drive that lasted about four minutes. The Bengals defense was able to force the Giants into a fourth and six from the Cincinnati 41 yard line, but the Giants went for it. Manning connected with Hakeem Nicks for a 16 yard pass that put the Giants into field goal range. A Carlos Dunlap sack put the Giants into a field goal mindset and Tynes connected on the 31 yard field goal. The Bengals hold a 17-6 lead.
Though the Cincinnati Bengals have secured a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter, there's an eery feeling of lost opportunities with this team right now. A Brandon Tate fumble on a punt return led to a Giants field goal and Cincinnati, electing not to bother attempting a long Mike Nugent field goal in windy conditions, fails to convert the fourth down; Andy Dalton nearly has the football intercepted from the Giants 31-yard line targeting Jermaine Gresham.
Thankfully New York was unable to do anything with the football, going three and out, capped by a scramble up the middle. Carlos Dunlap dropped Eli Manning from behind after the one-yard gain, forcing the Giants to punt.
After receiving the ensuing punt, the Bengals were eventually left with a third and eight from their own 43-yard line with under 11 minutes remaining in the half. Andy Dalton takes the shotgun snap and fires a missile to Mohamed Sanu, running a ten-yard hitch near the left sidelines and uses every bit of his fingers to haul in the football for the 12-yard reception to New York's 45-yard line.
Until we're not. Brian Leonard in the backfield on third and short from the Giants 36-yard line, is stuffed for a one-yard loss. With field position in No Man's Land (too short to punt, too long to attempt a field goal), the offense stays on the field for their second fourth down attempt of the game.
Dalton takes the shotgun snap, feels the need to scramble left, yet stops when he sees Sanu over the middle. The well-placed throw is caught over the middle, picking up 15 yards and converting the fourth down.
Eventually the Bengals are inside the 10-yard line, with second and six at New York's seven-yard line with under six minutes remaining in the second quarter. Cincinnati nearly scored a touchdown on third down, but Andrew Hawkins second foot was out of bounds.
Mike Nugent converts a 28-yard field, giving the Bengals a 17-3 lead on the 15-play, 60-yard drive, consuming 7:46 off the clock.
The Bengals turned the ball over on downs after having a nice drive that took them to the Giants 31 yard line. The Bengals decided to go for it on fourth down rather than attempting a 48 yard field goal attempt that could have put them up by two touchdowns. Quarterback Andy Dalton almost threw an interception on fourth and two. The pass was intended for Jermaine Gresham.
The eleven play drive went for 49 yards and took over six minutes off the clock. Key plays included a 20 yard pass to rookie Orson Charles and a three yard run by Mohamed Sanu that put the Bengals in Giants territory. The Giants still trail 14-3 with twelve minutes remaining.
Following Brandon Tate's fumble during New York's second punt of the game, the Giants pressed their advantage into the redzone midway through the first quarter. Yet Cincinnati's defense went into bend but don't break mode, forcing short passes and limiting Ahmad Bradshaw's carries.
On third and four from the Bengals six-yard line, Eli Manning takes the shotgun snap and flips the football to Bradshaw out of the backfield while under pressure, picking up only one yard and falling three yards short of the first down marker.
Lawrence Tynes converts the 23-yard field goal, getting New York on the board 14-3.
After the Bengals defense stepped up on the first two Giant offensive possessions, the special teams have let them down. Brandon Tate lost control on a punt return and the Giants have the ball inside Cincinnati territory. The Bengals still have a 14-0 lead thus far.
The Cincinnati Bengals defense had no issue holding New York's offense to a quick three-and-out, following Cincinnati's game-scoring touchdown to open the game with a seven-point lead. Punter Steve Weatherford punted the football 61 yards, but the Giants were penalized during the punt, forcing New York to punt again. Weatherford crushed it 59 yards anyway.
However the results were vastly different. Instead of the punt going out of bounds, Adam Jones fielded the punt, returning it 68 yards to Giants 11-yard line. Andy Dalton incompletes two passes to Green near the front right pylon, setting up a third ten with 10:59 remaining. Dalton flips the football to Andrew Hawkins on a crossing pattern, hauling in the football with one hand and easily walking into the endzone for the touchdown.
The Bengals take a 14-0 lead with 10:53 remaining in the game.
The Cincinnati Bengals opened the game with a quick hitch to A.J. Green near the right sidelines, picking up seven yards to the Bengals 28-yard line. Game on. BenJarvus Green-Ellis received the pitch left, picking up five yards and the first down to Cincinnati's 33-yard line.
Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden thought, well it worked before why not again. Another seven-yard hitch to the right, followed by a powerful Green-Ellis power run up the gut for the first down.
First and ten from the Bengals 44-yard line.
Andy Dalton fakes the handoff, rolls right and launches the football down the right sidelines. A.J. Green, wide open, easily hauls in the football and scores on the 56-yard touchdown reception.
Bengals Take a 7-0 lead.
The Giants won the coin toss and elected to defer, allowing the Cincinnati Bengals to open the game on offense.
The Cincinnati Bengals look to snap a four-game losing streak and the New York Giants want to enter the Bye Week with the momentum of a win.
With Reggie Nelson sitting on Sunday with a hamstring, the Cincinnati Bengals decided to put their faith in Taylor Mays rather than Nate Clements; though we suspect that they'll rotate in some form with Mays during obvious rushing downs and Clements covering in the passing game.
Chris Crocker is expected to make his second start of the season at the other safety position.
Also starting is center Trevor Robinson, whose hamstring isn't as injured as Jeff Faine's, who is also active but playing a backup role. Brandon Tate is starting at wide receiver opposite A.J. Green.
Who are the players sitting in Cincinnati's week ten game against the New York Giants? Some expected. Some unexpected.
The Cincinnati Bengals have held a second half lead in the past three games, only to be significantly outscored in the second half leading to a four-game losing streak.
During yet another pregame report on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, Bob Holtzman reports that quarterback Eli Manning told his receivers on Friday that there are "things with the Bengals defense" that the Giants offense can take advantage of.
Two of those things, reports Holtzman, includes the depth of the safeties and technique of the cornerbacks.
Yet the Bengals intend to change things up a little, taking Leon Hall and shadowing Victor Cruz all over the field. On the other hand starting safety Reggie Nelson is doubtful and if he can't go, the safety lineup will include Chris Crocker and Nate Clements.
According to Jason La Canfora with CBSSports.com, New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw will play this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals; which was largely expected anyway.
Bradshaw has been dealing with a foot injury, missing two practices this week and currently listed as questionable. Offensive guard Chris Snee and linebacker Keith Rivers are also listed as questionable. However safety Kenny Phillips, linebacker Jacquian Williams and cornerback Michael Coe are already listed as out.
As for the Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones is out and safety Reggie Nelson isn't expected to play, sitting out for the entire week and currently listed as doubtful. Dre Kirkpatrick is a game-time decision with a thigh.
According to Bob Holtzman's report on ESPN's NFL Countdown, the Cincinnati Bengals are intending to shadow wide receiver Victor Cruz with cornerback Leon Hall.
Hall generally lines up at right cornerback, taking on the widest receiver to his side -- and not the opposing team's best receiver. Based on the report, Hall will shadow Cruz all over the field.
Cruz currently stands with 57 receptions for 717 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. On the other hand he's not nearly as explosive as he was last season, with only seven catches of 20 yards or more and two longer than 40.
It's veterans day weekend and the Bengals are one of several NFL teams honoring our vets prior to kickoff this weekend. And the Bengals are getting fans at Paul Brown Stadium involved.
During one of her reports on NFL Network's Gameday Morning, Kimberly Jones reports that New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride plans to hunt for an explosive component lacking in New York's offense.
One of those "plans" is utilizing (or at least increasing) the no-huddle offense.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning hasn't thrown for a touchdown in two straight, with a total of two scores over the past four games. The last time Manning has thrown multiple touchdowns in the same game was Oct. 7 against the Cleveland Browns.
Additionally Manning has hit the 200-yard passing benchmark once in the past four games.
As we pointed out in our "All You Need To Know" posting Sunday morning, Greg Cosell brings up the possibility of arm fatigue.
"Ron Jaworski and I were having this conversation this week," Cosell said. "I looked at Eli on Monday; Jaws looked at Eli on Wednesday. And he made a very interesting comment. It really struck me, and I would defer to Jaws on this because I’ve never taken snaps in the NFL. … It looks to him like Eli’s arm is a little tired. And that he’s not driving the ball at the intermediate and deeper levels the way we’ve come to expect. Because Eli has a strong arm.
"And we even got that sort of confirmed by someone who’s a lot closer to the situation. His arm’s a little bit tired right now. He’s missed some throws that he would normally make."
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