#6. Week 12: NY Giants at Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 PM
If the Giants are serious about making a playoff run, it starts next week with a statement in Cincy. There can’t be any letdowns or disappointments next Sunday. The team should still be riding high off their two-game winning streak and coming off a bye.
The Giants are also set to get some reinforcements and could return some players at key positions such as Tae Crowder, Xavier McKinney, and Oshane Ximines. This will be huge for stopping the Bengals’ rookie sensation, Joe Burrow.
The reigning Heisman winner will look to spoil New York’s win streak with a win of his own. The 2-6-1 Bengals shouldn’t be and can’t be taken lightly. The Giants’ last time in Cincinnati was in 2012 where they put up an embarrassing performance, losing 31-13.
The result needs to be different this time.
The last thing the NY Giants can afford is a setback against an inferior opponent. Like Big Blue, Cincinnati has lost respectfully in close games all season. They have been in every game this year except two. The Bengals have played seven one-score games so far, going 2-4-1 in those games. They are a scrappy, tough, and hard-nosed football team.
The Giants must take advantage of the Bengals’ struggles and put their own mistakes behind them next week. If the Giants can’t win this one, it’s hard to pick them or expect them to win any of their remaining games.