The Bengals are set to return home to Paul Brown Stadium this week. It will be without rookie quarterback Joe Burrow leading the offense following his ACL injury last week, but as they say “the show must go on.”
The only question remaining is who will be taking his place? Originally it was thought that Ryan Finley, who has been Burrow’s sole backup on the roster the entire season, would be starting, but then a report surfaced this week that Brandon Allen, who has been on the practice squad, may be leap frogging Finley this week.
Finley hasn’t really looked good in the opportunities he has gotten a chance. Then again those opportunities came during a 2019 season where the roster was void of most talent and in relief of Burrow after an ugly injury. Allen was 1-2 as a starter last year with the Broncos, and his stats left plenty to be desired as well.
Meanwhile, the Giants are coming in hoping Daniel Jones continues to find some amount of success in this offense that has allowed him to make more plays with his legs as of late. New York is still very much alive in the race for the NFC East, where the Washington Football Team holds a slight lead right now with four wins on the season.
One thing is for sure, if the Bengals have any hopes of upsetting the Giants at home, it will be behind a great effort by their defense. Safety Jessie Bates has done a great job these past few games of coming up with interceptions at opportune times, and the unit seems to be gelling a little bit. At least to the point where they can occasionally get off the field.
Can the Bengals go out there and win one for Burrow?
Cincinnati Bengals (2-7-1) vs. New York Giants (3-7)
Date/Time: Nov. 29th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio
Series Leader: The Bengals lead the series 6-4
Streak: The Giants have won three of the past four
Coaches vs. Opponent: Zac Taylor: (0-0). Joe Judge (0-0)
Television: The game will air on FOX-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WXIX-TV (Ch. 19) in Cincinnati, WGRT-TV (Ch. 45) in Dayton, WDKY-TV (Ch. 56) in Lexington, and WTTE-TV (Ch. 28) in Columbus.
Broadcasters: Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Chris Spielman (analyst) and Laura Okmin (reporter).
Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
Replay: NFL Game Pass
SB Nation the Giants’ site: Big Blue View
Weather: Low 50’s, mostly cloudy [NFL weather]
Odds: Bengals, +6 [Odds Shark]