The Cincinnati Bengals looked to slow down the NY Giants on a mild November night at MetLife Stadium. The Bengals fresh off their 27 – 27 tie in England with the Washington Redskins, looked to climb over the Steelers who have been struggling as well. The Giants on the other hand have won 3 in a row and have the misfortune of being in the same division with arguably the best team in the league in the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants start the game at 5-3 while the Bengals have struggled out to a 3-4-1 mark.
Cincinnati kicked off to open the game and Eli Manning promptly threw a 25 yard pass to Tye on the first play of the game. Manning would cap off the 80 yard, 8 play 3:55 drive with a 10 yard pass to Jerome Adams to put the Giants up 7-0 with 11:05 to play in the first quarter. Not the start the Bengals were looking for. Manning now has 13 TD’s.
Cincinnati comes right back with a 71 yard pass play to Eifert to put themselves in scoring position. Dalton hit Green for a 13 yard TD to tie the score at 7-7. It took Dalton 3 plays on 80 yards in 2:07. The TD pass was Dalton’s 10th of the season. Both teams seem to like the comfortable November weather as both are airing the ball out early.
After both teams moving the ball with ease on their first drives, both teams would punt as both respective drives stalled. Cincinnati took the lead again in the 2nd on a 25 yard Nugent field goal, only to have NY come right back with a touchdown pass from Manning to Beckham Jr to make the score 14-10 NY at halftime.
Cincinnati would open the 3rd quarter with a Hill 9 yard touchdown run and then follow that up with a 36 yard Nugent FG making the score 20-14 Bengals late in the 3rd. Manning would hit Shepherd in the 4th for a 3 yard touchdown pass for what would be the final tally of 21-20. The Bengals had several opportunities to win the game but continued to make poor decisions and critical mistakes.
The Bengals are now 3-5-1 in 3rd place in the AFC North while the Giants rest in 2nd in the NFC East
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