After a dismal outing last week home to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New York Giants will take to the road in Week 10, a place where they’ve played much better this season. Their opponents the Cincinnati Bengals have been brutal everywhere thus far in 2012, and are just looking for some positive momentum heading into the off-season. Despite the fact that New York began this season with great promise, their play has dipped significantly, and it will be interesting to see if they can regain their form against a poor Cincinnati squad.
The Giants enter with a 6-3 record, but they’ve been steadily declining since their huge Week 6 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. They’ve been getting dominated for the past two weeks, and their offense simply seems out of sync. This is a banged up group heading to Cincinnati, but one that remains a good enough team to capture the inconsistent NFC East division. Key wide-out Hakeem Nicks will play but is nowhere near healthy, while cornerback Michael Coe and safety Kenny Phillips enter this contest as questionable.
The Bengals meanwhile have come nowhere near to meeting expectations this season. They’re a mediocre 3-5 team after qualifying for the post-season last year, and will need to do some heavy-duty work if they’re to play football into 2013 this season. One thing is for certain, if they are to make the playoffs, this game this week is an absolute must-win. The Giants are reeling at the moment, and the Bengals need a big victory in front of their hometown fans. Though their secondary is banged up entering this game, most of their key contributors should be playing. Look for an inspired and hungry outing from Cincy come Sunday afternoon.
Giants vs. Bengals Betting Odds:
New York Giants -4 (-110)
@ Cincinnati Bengals +4 (-110)
Over 49 (-110)
Under 49 (-110)
Betting odds taken from Bovada.lv
Giants vs. Bengals Pick:
It is no secret that teams heading into their bye weeks have been simply abysmal against the spread this year. Teams in this predicament have only covered 2 out of 18 times this year, and this week the New York Giants enter that category. Add in the fact that this team seems lost at the moment, and the Giants may not be who the betting public perceives them to be. Hurricane Sandy still disrupted New York’s rhythm and preparation for this contest, and it will be interesting to see which Giants squad shows up against the Bengals.
Cincinnati is by no means world beaters, but they’re a capable bunch that has underachieved in 2012. Though their playoff outlook seems grim, they’ll play hard against the defending Super Bowl champions. Cincinnati is coming off an impressive running performance in Week 9, led by Benjarvus Green-Ellis, and look for the Bengals to continue that against the G-Men. The Giants have struggled mightily stopping the ground attack this year, and were absolutely gashed last week by third-stringer Isaac Redman and the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Green-Ellis can get going, it could be another long evening for the Giants.
Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the ball it’s no secret that the Bengals have looked pretty bad in that regard for the majority of this season. Though against the Giants, they may get away with it. Eli Manning is one of the game’s top QB’s, but recently his offense has been stagnant and has been exposed by some of the weaker defenses. Look for Cincinnati to do just enough on defense to give Andy Dalton and A.J. Green a chance to shred the Giants’ secondary on offense.
New York has one of the worst secondaries in the NFL, and are super prone to giving up a big play. A.J. Green mentioned earlier in the week that he was salivating over getting a chance to go against such a porous unit, and he’ll show his capabilities on Sunday afternoon. Though potential-wise, the Giants are the better team, in this spot the Bengals should be able to manage to cover four points. Though the pesky group may not pull off the victory against an experienced Giants side, the Bengals will keep it close throughout and could even escape with a surprise triumph.
PICK = Bengals +4 (-110)