Don’t look now but the New York Giants may be playing better now than they were when they made their famous run to the Super Bowl last season. Through two games this season, the Giants have basically dominated the Redskins and Rams, yet America continues to ignore them. That’s just fine for the G-Men, as this week should be another rather easy ride as they host the awful Cincy Bengals at the Meadowlands.
The Bengals have had issues in every phase of the game so far, as they have only scored 17 points, have been shakey on defense, and not much better on special teams. Carson Palmer is last in the league with a 37.1 passer rating, and the running game has gotten off to a slow start as Chris Perry and the crew can’t seem to move the ball.
New York seems confident on both sides of the ball. Justin Tuck played out of his mind against the Rams, and the D-line has not suffered at all with the losses in the offseason and preseason. Look for them to again get heat on Palmer and pressure him into some mistakes.
On offense, the Giants should have success running with Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. They will look for them for early yards, then when they need to attack the Bengals with Eli Manning going downfield to Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer. The offense could come close to the 441 yards they had a week ago vs the Rams.
The Bengals have to be creative and let it all hang out to pull off the upset. Their WR core of T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Ocho Cinco have 11 combined receptions, and if they are going to challenge the Giants, they have to each have good games. Perry has to find room to run, and the defense has to create some turnovers and pressure Eli.
Won’t happen. Cincy may make a game of it for awhile, but in the end, the Giants should rather easily move to 3-0, while the Bengals will still sit in the AFC North cellar at 0-3 after a rather ugly loss.