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Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 7:00pm EDT
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Cincinnati Bengals will host the New York Giants in a preseason battle Thursday evening from Paul Brown Stadium. The Giants posted a 32-13 home win over the Bears in their previous tilt, and the Bengals recorded a 23-13 road win over the Redskins in their second preseason game. This is the first meeting between these two sides since the 2016 season.

Daniel Jones Shines, Giants Target Third Straight Win

The New York Giants will be seeking their third straight win in this clash. They kicked off the preseason with a 31-22 home win against the Jets, followed by last week’s 32-13 victory against the Bears. Rookie QB Daniel Jones was outstanding, recording 11 completions on 14 pass attempts for 161 yards. There has been some talk Jones could overtake Eli Manning as the #1 QB at some point this season. If Manning falters early in the regular season, you have to think he will have a short leash from head coach Pat Shurmur.

Eli Manning should see plenty of playing time this week after seeing limited action in the first two games. The 16-year veteran isn’t as dangerous as he once was, although he still managed 4299 passing yards with a 21:11 TD to INT ratio in 2018. Look for rising star Saquan Barkley to make his presence felt in this one after sitting out the first two games. The second-year RB has already established himself as one of the best RB’s in the game. Barkley notched a remarkable 1307 rushing yards last year. Backup RB Paul Perkins should also play.

The Giants are already dealing with numerous injuries to their receiving core. Sterling Shepard is still recovering and is not expected to suit up in the next two games, and Golden Tate is suspended, although he can play in the preseason. The Giants will need rookie WR Darius Slayton to step up.

New York averaged 23.1 points per game last year, placing them 16in the NFL. The Giants conceded an average of 25.8 points, positioning them 23rd overall.

These are the dog days of summer and training camp. The heat can take a toll, especially on the linemen.

“Yesterday was a very physical, hot practice. We took advantage of the heat today,” head coach Pat Shurmur said. “We did some good situational work that was very physical in the heat. These two practices are very, very important. Just in the big picture, getting ultimately 53 guys ready to play day one. That won’t have as much of a bearing on what I do Thursday night, as it’s just an important thing to do this time of camp.”

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Bengals Rebound with Win Against Redskins

The Cincinnati Bengals will play their first preseason home game aiming for their second straight win. They opened the preseason with a 38-17 loss to the Chiefs, followed by an encouraging 23-13 win against the Redskins last week. Andy Dalton has seen action in both games, and he has fared well, completing 12 of 18 passes. The 31-year old QB accumulated 2566 passing yards with a 21:11 TD to INT ratio in 2018.

The Bengals have a backup QB competition in progress. Rookie Ryan Finlay currently has the edge after connecting on 20 of 26 passes for 150 yards and two TD’s last week. Jeff Driskel has not looked good, recording a weak 48% pass efficiency with one interception. Drisekl has interestingly asked the Bengals coaching staff if he can play WR or on special teams.

Cincinnati has solid depth at RB which includes Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard. Mixon only took two carries last week, and he should see more action in this one. Star receiver A.J. Green has yet to practice and he is not expected to return to action until late September. Bengals #2 receiver John Ross has also yet to play, although he has returned to practice and he could suit up in this one. Ross tallied 210 receiving yards last year.

Last season the Bengals averaged 23 points on the season, ranking them 17th in the NFL. The Cincinnati defense struggled and injuries did not help matters. They allowed an average of 28.4 points, pegging them down at 30th overall.

The big concern is the offensive line where left guard Clint Boling retired and rookie left tackle Jonah Williams tore his ACL. Rookie guard Michael Jordan could get the nod at left guard. Cordy Glenn is likely getting the nod at left tackle, though he’s now dealing with a concussion. That could hinder what the Bengals want to do on Thursday, because it’s not worth throwing Dalton out there with such a banged-up line.

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I am taking the Giants in this one. The Giants have recorded two convincing wins in their two preseason games. Eli Manning and Saquan Barkley will likely see extended action in this one as week three is the last ‘dress rehearsal’ before the regular-season opener as most starters do not play in the preseason finale. Barkley should have success against a Bengals’ rush defense that ranked 29th in the entire NFL last season.

Furthermore, the Giants have now won four out of their last five preseason games overall. Lastly, the Bengals are still working on their offense under new head coach Zac Taylor. They will be sporting a different look on offense, and it could take time to find their groove.

Prediction: New York Giants

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I am selecting the over in this one. The over has converted in the Giants first two preseason games. I expect their offensive success to continue with Manning playing a decent amount, plus rookie QB Daniel Jones has dazzled in his two games, completing 84% of his passes with two TD’s.

In addition, Andy Dalton is a solid QB and the Giants’ pass defense placed 23rd in the NFL against the pass last year. The Bengals scored 23 points last week, and they have scored at least 23 points in three straight preseason games. The over is 4-1 in the Giants’ last five games and it should convert again in this one.

Prediction: Over

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The over on the Giants team total offered on PointsBet is a strong option as well. The Giants are piling on the points, scoring a combined 63 points in their two preseason games. Eli Manning and Saquon Barkley have seen little to no action which makes that stat even more imposing. They did so against a decent Jets defense and a strong Bears defense. Manning and Barkley should at least play the first half.

Prediction: Giants Team Total Over

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I am sticking with the Giants on the halftime line. The Bengals haven’t generated any significant offense in the first half in their first two preseason games where they have only scored a combined 13 points. The Giants have been the opposite, scoring 17 and 19 points respectively in their two preseason games.

Prediction: New York Giants
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.