Following a stellar 3-0 day yesterday, I’ll look to close out my week on a very high note with a winning selection from the Week 10 Monday nighter. This week, a pair of scuffling teams will square off with their backs firmly against the wall. Both the Bengals and the Giants need wins to turn their post-season aspirations into a reality, but given their recent form of late – who knows which squads will show up at MetLife Stadium on Monday evening.
The Bengals have been pretty brutal of late, and although that AFC North division remains wide open, you get the sense that they’ll likely be competing for a Wild-Card spot and not the divisional crown. This week they enter off of the bye, though they are returning from London in a game that ended in a tie. They have not been the best of road teams lately, but they’ll need to get back to their early season form if this is to be a season of substance for Cincinnati. Meanwhile, the G-Men were a darkhorse team to do some real damage in 2016, but that just hasn’t materialized yet either. Though they have won three straight, a lot of that has been a mirage and you get the sense that their bubble is about to burst. It’s the end of yet another week of football action, so read on below for another winning selection between these puzzling teams.
Bengals vs. Giants Betting Odds:
Cincinnati Bengals PK (-105)
@ New York Giants PK (-115)
Over 48 (-110)
Under 48 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Bengals vs. Giants Pick:
Eli Manning has not had that great of a season, and neither has Odell Beckham Jr. Given the expectations of this duo, they were supposed to carry the Giants, and that simply has not been the case. While the Bengals might be easy enough to throw on, Manning has struggled to get enough protection to be effective this season. Look for that to be the case again on Monday evening as you just cannot trust this Giants offensive line in pass protection. Cincinnati brings a lot of pressure and without Justin Pugh on the O-Line, look for Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins to feast. That ferocious duo have wreaked havoc on opposing QB’s in 2016, and Manning will be no different on Monday night. Look for a bunch of pressure in the backfield, and some ill-advised and rushed throws and/or errors from Manning. Without protection, he can’t be expected to consistently move the chains.
Additionally, the Giants simply do not have a running game. It’s been a carousel of sorts at the running back position for New York, and it isn’t reliable at all. They can’t block and both Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins aren’t good enough to create any separation. This bodes well for the Bengals who can simply sit back with their secondary and linebackers and focus on the passing game, as they’ll generate enough of a push up front with their D-line. Expect a solid defensive outing from the Bengals on Monday evening.
On the other side of the ball, expect an improvement for the Bengals’ offence as key tight end Tyler Eifert is finally back to 100 percent. The Giants have not covered linebackers all that well this season, so look for Eifert to put together a big game. Andy Dalton also should put up some big numbers. New York does not have a good pass rush and they surely do not cover well in the secondary. A.J. Green knows there is nobody on the Giants who can stop him, so look for the Dalton-to-Green connection to be in fine form.
This game is currently listed as a pick’em, meaning the Bengals are the superior team on a neutral field – and look for them to assert their dominance throughout. The Giants are incredibly fortunate to be 5-3 and without Justin Pugh on the offensive line, there is no chance that New York can manage the Bengals’ pass rush on Eli Manning. Look for Cincinnati to get their season on track, finally playing to their capability, against a team they match up very well against.
PICK = Bengals PK (-105)