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NFL Week 12 Primer: Cincinnati Bengals (2-7-1) vs. New York Giants (3-7)

The Bengals are returning to Cincinnati this week, but it doesn’t feel like the 2020 iteration of the team is coming home. It feels more like the 2019 Cincinnati team will be showing up instead now that the team will be playing the rest of the season without rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, who suffered a torn ACL last week against Washington.

Ryan Finley will be starting in his place, and he will have a better supporting cast than the one he was given in 2019. Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate return, but now he will also get to throw to A.J. Green and Tee Higgins, who weren’t around last season. He won’t have the benefit of Joe Mixon carrying the running game either, though. This Cincinnati defense, led by emerging star Jessie Bates III, is going to have to carry this team if they have a hope of winning anymore this season.

The Giants come into this week at 3-7 and still in the contention to take the pitiful NFC East crown. The Eagles currently lead the division solely based on their tie with the Bengals earlier in the season. Daniel Jones is still trying to live up to his sixth overall pick status, and he has been more impressive as a runner than a quarterback so far this year. He has thrown eight touchdown to nine interceptions, but he as a 7.8 yard per carry average.

New York currently has the 12th ranked defense in points per game only allowing 23.6, which means this could end up being a slog in Cincinnati. Can the Bengals play spoiler at home?

Everything you need to know for when the Bengals take on the Giants:

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (2-7-1) vs. New York Giants (3-7)

Date/Time: Nov. 29th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Location: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio

Series Leader: The Bengals lead the series 6-4

Streak: The Giants have won three of the past four

Coaches vs. Opponent: Zac Taylor: (0-0). Joe Judge (0-0)

Television: The game will air on FOX-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WXIX-TV (Ch. 19) in Cincinnati, WGRT-TV (Ch. 45) in Dayton, WDKY-TV (Ch. 56) in Lexington, and WTTE-TV (Ch. 28) in Columbus. Broadcasters are Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Chris Spielman (analyst) and Laura Okmin (reporter).

Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).

SB Nation the Giants’ site: Big Blue View

Weather: Low 50’s, mostly cloudy [NFL weather]

Odds: Bengals open, -2.5 [Odds Shark]

Bengals notes

  • Ryan Finley makes his first start of the season. He has passed for 474 yards (158 per game) and two touchdowns with two interceptions in three career starts.
  • Giovani Bernard had 55 scrimmage yards (37 receiving and 18 rushing) last week. He has at least 50 scrimmage yards in three of past four games. He aims for his third game in a row at home with at least 75 scrimmage yards and touchdown.
  • Tyler Boyd led the team with nine catches for 85 yards last week. He aims for his sixth game in a row with at least five catches. He aims for his third in a row at home with a touchdown catch. A.J. Green had four catches for 41 yards and his first touchdown of the season in Week 11. Tee Higgins aims for his fourth game in a row at home with at least 70 receiving yards. He is tied for second among rookies in receiving yards (629) and receiving touchdowns (four) and third in catches (43).
  • Jessie Bates had an interception last week. He has an interception in two of his past three games. He has two pass defenses in three of his past four games at home. He is one of three safeties in the NFL (Justin Simmons and Harrison Smith) with at least three interceptions in each of the past three seasons. Vonn Bell led the team with a season-high 13 tackles and had a tackle for a loss and pass defense last week. He aims for his fourth in a row with a pass defended. He ranks third among safeties with 74 tackles this season. Carl Lawson recorded a sack last week, and Khalid Kareem had his first career sack in Washington.

Giants notes

  • Daniel Jones passed for 244 yards and a 100.9 passer rating and led the team with 64 rushing yards and had his third-career rushing touchdown in Week 10. He is one of three quarterbacks (Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray) with at least five games of at least 40 rushing yards in 2020. He aims for his third game in a row on the road with a 90 passer rating
  • Wayne Gallman rushed for 53 yards and two touchdowns in Week 10, his first-career game with two rushing touchdowns. He has a career-high five touchdowns in 2020. He has a rushing touchdown in four consecutive games, he is tied with Antonio Gibson and Christian McCaffrey for the longest-active streak in the NFL.
  • Darius Slayton had five receptions for a team-high 93 yards in Week 10. Sterling Shepard had a team-high six receptions in Week 10. He has at least six catches in five of his six games this season. He had five receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown in the last meeting. Golden Tate has a receiving touchdown in two of his past three games. Evan Engram has a touchdown in two of his past three game on the road.
  • Blake Martinez has 47 tackles (9.4 per game) in five road games this season. He aims for his third game in a row on the road with a pass defense. He needs four tackles for his fourth-consecutive 100 tackle season. Dexter Lawrence had his third sack of the season in Week 10. Jabrill Peppers led the team with seven tackles and had 0.5 sacks in Week 10. He aims for his seventh in a row with at least five tackles. Logan Ryan aims for his third game in a row on the road with a pass defended. James Bradberry had two passes defended in Week 10. He is tied for second in the NFL with 14 passes defended this season.

Bengals history against Giants

Date Visitor Home Result
Date Visitor Home Result
11/14/2016 Cincinnati Bengals New York Giants L
11/11/2012 New York Giants Cincinnati Bengals W
09/21/2008 Cincinnati Bengals New York Giants L/OT
12/26/2004 New York Giants Cincinnati Bengals W
10/26/1997 Cincinnati Bengals New York Giants L
12/11/1994 Cincinnati Bengals New York Giants L
12/01/1991 New York Giants Cincinnati Bengals W
10/13/1985 New York Giants Cincinnati Bengals W
11/27/1977 New York Giants Cincinnati Bengals W
12/03/1972 New York Giants Cincinnati Bengals W

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