Sunday, November 11, 2012
Halftime: Bengals 17, Giants 6
By Kevin Goheen
• Maybe A.J. Green was right about the Giants' defense. The Bengals targeted Green their first five throws of the game and he caught three of them for 70 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown pass when he ran by cornerback Corey Webster on a sideline route and there was no safety help behind Webster. Green finished the first half with six catches for 86 yards and the touchdown.
It marks the eighth straight game in which Green has caught a touchdown pass. His score was the 11th reception of 30 or more yards outside the numbers allowed by the Giants' defense this season.
• Eli Manning and the offense did little to quell the rumblings of the past couple of weeks. The Giants gained just 35 yards in the first quarter as Cincinnati took a 14-3 lead. On their second score, the Bengals capitalized on a short-field opportunity created by Adam Jones' 68-yard punt return.
The Giants had their own short-field chance when Chase Blackburn forced a fumble by Brandon Tate on Cincinnati's next punt return, and Will Hill recovered at the Bengals' 27. After picking up one first down, the Giants had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes.
It was the 39th red-zone possession of the season for the Giants, but the 20th time they've had to settle for a field goal. They came into the game ranked 24th in the NFL in red-zone touchdown percentage.
For the half, the Giants gained 69 of their 111 yards on their final drive. Despite reaching the Cincinnati 13, they again had to settle for another Tynes field goal.
• The defensive line gave Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton way too much time in the pocket. Dalton completed 15 of 20 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns. It was nearly three touchdowns, but Andrew Hawkins couldn't get his feet inbounds in the end zone as he lingered there all alone.
• On the positive side for the Giants, Cincinnati has been outscored 67-23 in the third quarter this season and 136-84 in the second half as a whole. The Giants will get the ball to start the second half.