Eli Manning threw three touchdowns, including the go-ahead one to Sterling Shepard on fourth down early in the fourth quarter, and the New York Giants limited the Cincinnati Bengals to 37 total yards in the fourth quarter en route to a 21-20 win at MetLife Stadium on Monday.
THE GAME: The Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1) at the Giants (5-3) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Monday, Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
THE WEATHER: The early forecast calls for a nice day to turn into a chilly night, with clear skies and temperatures in the low 40s. So bundle up. It always feels a lot colder at the Meadowlands.
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New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has been trying to find ways to limit the Cincinnati Bengals' offense on Monday night at MetLife Stadium.
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The New York Jets fell one point and a few missed opportunities short of opening the season with a victory.
With a quick turnaround and a trip to AFC East-rival Buffalo up next, they're staring at a potential 0-2 start for the first time since 2007. And, they've got plenty to clean up in a hurry.
"It's tough, and it's not what we wanted," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said of the Jets' 23-22 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, the $12 million man, frustratingly came up short in the clutch, as his forced throw to Eric Decker was intercepted in the final minute with the New York Jets trying to get into field goal range. After Fitzpatrick led the Jets to a 16-13 halftime advantage with two touchdown passes, the Bengals held them to just six points in the second half.
The Jets didn't really let Fitzpatrick air it out -- or he chose not to -- because he completed three downfield throws over the middle but just one outside the numbers. The passing game enjoyed some success in between the 20s on short passes, but let itself down by coming up empty a few times close to the goal line.
While he took off a couple of times for positive yardage, Fitzpatrick perhaps eschewed a couple of chances to tuck and run in the red zone. Even on the play where he threw his first touchdown pass, he probably could have walked it in after the right defensive end bit hard on the run action despite there not being a play fake. This left Fitzpatrick and his two receivers with an easy three-on-two situation on the backside.
Welcome to BGA. We'll be here the day after every New York Jets game for an in-depth review of what happened. We'll look at each position group throughout the day, so keep coming back to TJB to check it out.
Let's move on to discuss Sunday's game.
After all the anticipation, that was a pretty horrible way to lose a game. The Jets left plenty of points on the field and lost by just one, hurting their chances on missed kicks, third down pass defense and red zone execution. The fact that the Jets came out with their hair on fire looking so good only makes the loss seem worse.
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THE GAME: The Cincinnati Bengals (0-0) at the Jets (0-0) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. ET
THE WEATHER: A warm, but not-too-hot day with a light breeze and temperatures in the low-to-mid 80s.
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On this week's show, Corey Griffin and SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano break down the Jets' Week 1 matchup with Cincinnati and discuss how the schedule looks as the season progresses.
Later, Corey welcomes Joe Goodberry of CincyJungle.com to the show for his take on the Bengals.
Dalton completed 21 of 30 passes (70 percent) for 199 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 127.6 passer rating in the Bengals? 31-13 win over the Giants.
He connected with four different Bengals receivers on his TD passes ? 56 yards to WR A.J. Green, 11 yards to WR Andrew Hawkins, 10 yards to TE Jermaine Gresham and 10 yards to rookie WR Mohamed Sanu.
Read a quarter-by-quarter breakdown of the Giants' breakdown; get it?
There was the Eli Manning problems ...
- Victor Cruz drops an open touchdown pass and Eli can't catch a break.
- The Giants come up short? on 4th and 5 after the drop by Bennett and the game is all but over.
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Beating the Bengals, however, won't be easy. It's certainly doable, but nothing is ever easy in this league and the Giants always seem to make things tough on themselves. Cincinnati is on a 4-game losing streak, but they've been competitive. Three of those losses came at home, too, so the 12th man might not have much starch left at this point.
They lost to Miami by 4, led the Browns after three quarters, were tied with Pittsburgh in the fourth quarter and went blow-for-blow with Brother Peyton last week. They will give the Giants a game today, you can bank on that. The effort will be there.
Kickoff: 1:00pm Eastern
Site: Paul Brown Stadium
Paul Tierney (Giants 101): The Giants have not been playing championship-caliber football as of late. They have given up 1,263 yards of total offense over the last three weeks. Furthermore, Eli Manning has been completely out of sync with his wide receivers, which resulted in his pathetic 41.1 quarterback rating in Week 9. Despite Big Blue's shortcomings on both sides of the football, they have either won or given themselves a chance to win every game they have played this season. The Bengals enter this game with the league's 19th ranked pass defense to go along with a front seven that has allowed opponents to rush for 117 yards per game. AJ Green, Andy Dalton and Co. are more than capable of pulling this game out at home, but they will have to beat a better football team to do so. The Giants should roll into their bye week with a decisive victory on Sunday. Giants 30, Bengals 17
Jared Kruger: With the Bengals on a 4 game losing streak, Big Blue will find a way to extend that streak. They are looking for redemption after logging in some weak performances the past few weeks. Eli will break out of his "slump" and bring New York a much-needed victory heading into the bye. Giants 31, Bengals 21
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Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN NewYork previews Sunday's Giants-Bengals matchup in Cincinnati where Big Blue has never won in its history.
?I feel like they?ve got a lot of holes in their defense....Their front four, they get so much pressure on the quarterback. A lot of people don?t have that much time to get the big plays on them.?
Nothing wrong with the young man's eyesight. The Giants are a kill-or-be-killed defense. If they don't get to the QB, as Bill Chadwick would say: "Katy, bar the door!" It's no mistake their games resemble a Hearns-Hagler fight. Haymaker city. If their offense whiffs on few, they get hammered by the media. The defense keeps getting a pass.
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GIANTSDID NOT PRACTICE: LB Chase Blackburn (hamstring), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), DT Chris Canty (groin), WR Hakeem Nicks (knee), S Kenny Phillips (knee), G Chris Snee (ankle), LB Jacquian Williams (knee)
"We?re looking forward to getting back on the practice field, preparing for the Cincinnati Bengal team, a team that was 3-1 earlier in the year, has lost four very close games of late. Just a week ago, had lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-17, a very, very good football game. Then, against the Broncos, they were down 17-3 and came back to take a 20-17 lead, and eventually lost that game as well. They had some turnovers in that game. They looked like they were going to be in pretty good shape.
They are a team that?s built in the style of the AFC North, in that they?re attempting to overtake the Steelers. They?re built much like that. They have a big, strong and powerful offensive line. A.J. Green is an excellent receiver, a deep threat. (Andy) Dalton being the young quarterback who was a Pro Bowler a year ago. They were in the playoffs a year ago. They run the ball, (BenJarvus) Green-Ellis is there, as you know, as a free agent. He?s a powerful runner, a lot of the style that you see is emblematic of the formations that we just played against.
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