Someone forgot to tell the Giants their bye week isn’t until next week. Instead, they decided to start that break one day early.
You can count the things the Giants did right today in Cincinnati on one hand. They played perhaps their worst game in years, turning the ball over four times to the Bengals’ one. They fell behind quickly – 14-0 in the first five minutes – and never got on track, losing 31-13 to the now 4-5 Bengals.
The loss means the Giants (6-4) will only be 1 1/2 games ahead of the Eagles-Cowboys winner in the NFC East. The November struggles continue. The Giants are 13-19 in November in the Tom Coughlin/Eli Manning era.
Manning (29/46, 215 yards) had another perplexing day throwing two inexplicably ugly INTs and losing a fumble. RB Ahmad Bradshaw (10 rushes, 57 yards) also fumbled, sabotaging another drive.
Eli failed throw a TD pass for the third straight week, the longest skein since his rookie season of 2004. His counterpart, Andy Dalton, threw four.
WR Hakeem Nicks bounced back with a 9 catch, 75 yard day. Victor Cruz had an uneventful birthday, only gaining 36 yards on three receptions and dropping a sure TD pass down the middle of the field.
S Tyler Sash and WR Domenik Hixon were both forced out of the game with ankle injuries. Rookie DT Markus Kuhn was helped off the field and taken to the locker room in the fourth quarter with a knee injury.