The Bengals are fading fast in the AFC, and Sunday take on the Giants, who last week blew a 10-point lead vs the Steelers at home and have had to hear about it all week.
Eli Manning threw for just 125 passing yards against Pittsburgh, his fewest since throwing for 119 on Dec. 28, 2008, at Minnesota.
His slump has been a huge issue for the Giants the past few weeks, as he’s completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 2,109 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions while posting a 92.5 rating in the first seven games. He’s since completed 47.2 percent with no touchdowns and two interceptions for a rating of 50.6.
“No one likes to lose or play poorly,” he said. “We have to see where we can do better and above everything, you have to look at yourself first. I’m responsible for a lot of it. I’m where it starts. Our offense is not playing up to its potential.”
The Giants have averaged 78.3 rushing yards in the last three games compared to 150.0 in the first five, with starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw limited to 169 yards the past three weeks.
“We’re going to continue to stay positive and win some games at this time of year,” said receiver Victor Cruz, who ranks among the top 10 in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns but has been held to seven catches for 90 yards and no scores in the last two contests.
“It’s just a matter of us getting on the same page. I’m not worried. We just have to attack the problem areas and get back on track, beginning this week.”
Last week at home, the Bengals went back and forth with another Manning in Peyton, and came up on the short end of the stick losing to the Broncos to fall to 3-5, and further behind in the AFC North.
The Bengals, who have led or been tied in the final quarter in three of their last four defeats, have dropped three in a row at home.
“Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten it done for them (the fans), and that’s the disappointing thing,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “But they’ve been into it, and it plays a big part when you have the advantage of playing at home. We’ve got to take more advantage and finish the game out.”
Finishing up a three-game home stretch, Cincinnati’s hopes of a second straight wild-card berth could suffer a fatal blow with another loss this week.
“It was urgent last week,” safety Chris Crocker said. “It was urgent the week before that. There’s really no heightened sense of urgency. We’re a very urgent team.”
Andy Dalton and A.J. Green need to get it turned around, as the offense has been having issues, while the defense hasn’t been making the plays like earlier in the season.
This isn’t going to be fun for the Bengals, who seem to can’t get the mojo from the earlier in the season back. The Giants are not happy about their loss last week, and they will rebound vs Cincy.
NY Giants 21 Cincinnati 10