Stock Watch: Boss edition


CINCINNATI –- Before we get to Giants-Bengals, let's take a look at the Stock Watch.

As always, the streaking and slumping categories are titled after songs. This week's artists are Bruce Springsteen for streaking and Bon Jovi for slumping for their recent concert to aid Hurricane Sandy victims.

"I'M ON FIRE" (streaking)

JPP: After having just 1.5 sacks through his first six games, Jason Pierre-Paul has a sack in each of his last three games.

The defensive end also has a pick-six and a forced fumble during that span.

Lawrence Tynes: He has been the best kicker in all of football thus far and is benefiting from the Giants' offense often stalling out in the red zone.

Tynes has made 26 of 29 field goals and all 24 of his extra point attempts. His misses are 51- and 54-yarders against Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, respectively, and a 40-yard attempt that was blocked by San Francisco.

The New York Giants organization: For donating $500,000 to aid those in need after Hurricane Sandy. Several players went out into local communities and helped by donating their time last Tuesday.

"BAD MEDICINE" (slumping)

Eli Manning: Never thought Manning would fall into this category, but the two-time Super Bowl MVP makes a rare appearance here after struggling recently.

Manning has only one touchdown in his last 14 quarters entering today's game. He also has passed for just 317 yards in the past two games combined against Dallas and Pittsburgh. Kevin Gilbride and Manning have been working on fixing the offense and ways to get back to being explosive again.

The run defense: Tom Coughlin labeled the middle of his defense as "soft." The Giants allowed Pittsburgh to rush for 158 yards, and the defense could not seem to bring down Isaac Redman when it needed to.

This after surrendering 248 yards on the ground to Washington three weeks ago. This season, the Giants have allowed four teams to rush for 143 yards or more.

Third-down offense: If the Giants don't start converting third downs, Coughlin is going to have a bad bye week.

The Giants are a dreadful 5-for-25 on third downs in the past two games. Let's also throw in the red zone offense as well. Less field goals, more touchdowns.