Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) vs. New York Giants (1-0)
The defending AFC champions look to try to rebound in their second preseason game when they take on the New York Giants on Sunday evening. Cincinnati lost their opening game, losing 36-23 to the Arizona Cardinals. The Bengals are coming off a 10-7 season that saw them make an improbable run to the Super Bowl. New York defeated the New England Patriots last week, 23-21. They are looking to rebound after an abysmal 4-13 campaign.
New York comes in as the favorite with the spread set at 5.5. The total is set at 38.0. These teams have met four times in the regular season since 2008 with the Giants winning three of the four meetings, including a 19-17 victory in November 2020.
Bengals Rally Falls ShortThe Cincinnati Bengals rallied for 14 points in the fourth quarter, but a 27-point deficit was too much to overcome as they fell to the Arizona Cardinals, 36-23. Jake Browning started at the quarterback position and completed 13 of 24 passes for 190 yards. Drew Pitt came on and completed all six pass attempts, including throwing a touchdown.
While it was a disappointing loss for the Bengals, one thing the team has to be happy about was the performance of their wide receivers. Kendric Pryor and Trent Taylor each had four catches with Pryor earning 89 yards receiving and a touchdown while Taylor had 74 yards receiving. The group made 22 catches overall in 30 targets, a solid 73.3% success rate in completions.
If there is any concern, it is about this defense, which gave up 310 total yards and 36 points. Arizona went 5-6 in the red zone and dominated this contest despite only having the ball for 27:47. The team was able to get some pressure, recording three sacks, but the Cardinals went 6-11 on third down as the defense did not do enough to get off the field. 11 penalties did not help these Bengals either, leading to three first downs for the Cardinals.
Field Goal Propels Giants to VictoryGraham Gano kicked a 24-yard field goal as time expired to give the New York Giants a 23-21 victory over the New England Patriots. Gano had a huge contest, hitting all three of his field-goal attempts, including a 40-yarder. The kicking game was extremely effective in this contest, as Jamie Gillan averaged 48.8 yards per punt in his four attempts.
In the battle for the starting quarterback position, Tyrod Taylor may have taken a giant leap forward, as he completed 13 of 21 passes for 129 yards and a score. He likely enters camp as the presumptive backdrop with Daniel Jones seen as the starter, but Taylor performed well while Jones was 6-10 for 69 yards and no scores. Antonio Williams had an impressive day on the ground, carrying the ball nine times are 61 yards and a TD. Colin Johnson led the team with seven catches for 82 yards and Ritchie James had the only touchdown reception in the contest.
The defense put up a solid performance, holding New England to 19 first downs and 308 yards of total offense. That included just 52 on the ground as the Patriots were 5-12 in third down conversions. Trent Thompson had the only sack of the game.
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Full-Game Side Bet
It is understandable that it is only the preseason and no one should be thinking the Bengals defense is going to be this bad. However, Taylor looked very good at the quarterback position and the Bengals secondary looked suspect. Plus, New York had a lot of success moving the ball on the ground against New England, and Cincinnati is coming off a game where they yielded 112 yards on the ground to a mediocre Arizona rushing attack.
One big concern that has to be addressed in this contest is the number of penalties that both teams took in their first preseason games. Cincinnati was penalized 11 times for 104 yards while the Giants had eight penalties for 65 yards. It could get even worse for Cincinnati as the Giants will play their first preseason game at home before a raucous crowd that could disrupt this Bengals offense even more. New York was his game, but not by that many.
Full-Game Total Pick
These teams combine for 44 points in their first preseason games, but neither team played very well on defense. Cincinnati gave up 36 points to Arizona, but this defense is not that bad and the Giants are not as good offensively as Arizona, including their backups.
Cincinnati has gone under in 27 of their last 29 games on the road while New York has gone under in 18 of their last 26 at home and 21 of their last 28 overall. Taylor should have some success moving the ball both through the air and with his legs, but he is not going to find many passing lanes open against a solid Bengals secondary. However, there will be enough offense to push this game just over the 38.0 mark.
Take New York to win, 21-20.